Little slices of London's history

70s murder mystery

This day in London’s history: on the 7th of November 1974, Lord Lucan’s abandoned car was found on a beach in East Sussex. Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, has not been seen since the nanny of his children was found bludgeoned to death in the Lucan family home. The Lucan marriage was apparently not a happy one at that stage and popular opinion is that Lucan murdered Sandra Rivett after mistaking the nanny for his wife.

ITV has been filming a two-part television drama, Lucan, “based on the life of flamboyant aristocrat, Lord Lucan, and written by award-winning writer Jeff Pope”. The part of Lord Lucan will be played by Rory Kinnear.

Richard John Bingham was born on the 18th of December 1934 at 19 Bentinck Street in the Marylebone area of London. Why is it called Marylebone? Originally this area was the Tyburn area, which took its name from the stream so called, and gave its name to the gallows at what is now Marble Arch, and where the last hanging took place on the 3rd of November, 1793.

The word ‘burn’ comes from ‘bourne’, or stream, and the Tyburn marked the boundary of Westminster. The area ceased to be called Tyburn when a 15th century church called St Mary Bourne provided a new name. Over the years the name was corrupted to Marylebone.


About Me (and my Obsession)

My obsession with London street names began in the early 90s when I worked in the Smithfield area and happened upon Bleeding Heart Yard. In my wanderings around London, I kept adding to my store of weird and wonderful street names. Eventually it was time to share – hence my blog. I hope you enjoy these names as much as I do.
– Elizabeth


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