Thursday 16th April 1846

“Dragonetti, celebrated double-bass player at the Opera, died at Leicester Square.  He was a Venetian by birth and was born 1761 or 1762 and was aged upwards 84 years.

This day was sold by auction the houses forming the east side of Whittlebury Street for the enlargement of London and Birmingham Railway terminus, the present terminus being inadequate to the immense traffic on the above line. The Company have also purchased the new houses in Birchmoor and Cardington Streets, likewise the ground between Upper Seymour Street and Hampstead Road. An attempt made on the French King’s life by Lecomte, a woodranger, and which he narrowly escaped.”

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