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Little Known Facts about Bayswater

  • Harriet Westbrook, wife of poet Shelley, drowned herself in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in 1816.

  • Rumour has it that Marble Arch was moved away from Buckingham Palace, as the Queens state coach couldn’t get through! This has proved to be false as Queen Elizabeth II’s gold coach passed under it during her coronation ceremony in 1953!

  • American George Train established London’s first tram on Bayswater Road.

  • In the mid nineteenth century, Westbourne Grove became known as Bankrupt Avenue when many businesses on the street closed down.

  • Williams Whiteley, the entrepreneur behind Whiteleys Department Store, was apparently murdered by his own illegitimate son.

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