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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th June 1955 Born today: Mick Jones, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Clash-Havana 3 AM)
26th June 1946 Born today: Clive Francis, London England, actor (Masada)
26th June 1933 Born today: Claudio Abbado, Milan Italy, composer/conductor (London Symphony Orchestra 1982)
26th June 1909 Victoria and Albert Museum opens in London
26th June 1902 The Coronation of Edward VII has to be postponed due to the future king's appendicitis.
26th June 1902 Rioting in Watford after coronation festivities cancelled.
26th June 1816 The first prisoners, all women, admitted to newly built MillBank Prison in London.
Henry VIII's tennis court
The court Henry VIII built and used to play Tennis on.
Location: Hampton Court Gardens, London
Description: Tennis was played on this site by Henry VIII from 1528 who built it for his racquet-less version. As a young, handsome, athletic man Henry was passionately addicted to sport, and particularly to tennis.
Henry played a gloved version and legend has it that he heard of the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn as he played tennis at Hampton Court Palace.
Since the end of the 17th century the court has undergone little alteration.
The court is the oldest tennis court in use in the world; and the only one in Great Britain which the public are admitted (April-October) to see and, if play is in progress, to watch tennis being played.
Tagged in this Tour: The London Tennis Tour