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Credit for this entry to:
Alan Patient of

Plaque: First murder on a train


129 Cadogan Terrace. A memorial to Thomas Briggs Esq. of Clapton who on Saturday 9th July 1864 was viciously assaulted near here on a North London Railway train.
Carried near to death into this public house he died at home later the same day.
He was the first person to be murdered on a railway train.
Historic Buildings of Bow 

Site: First murder on a train (1 memorial)

E9, Cadogan Terrace, 129, Former 'Top O' the Morning' Public House

The plaque was first erected on the 2-storey pub that used to be here, the Mitford Castle, formerly the Top O' the Morning, closed in 2013 and demolished in 2015. The building can be seen on this Twitter page, with the plaque below the lower window, second on the left.

At one stage a new pub was promised but August 2016 the site was under wraps with a hoarding promising "A boutique collection of eight luxury 1-3 bedroom apartments". And, 2017, we were pleased to see that the plaque has been re-erected, albeit framed by graffiti.

Since the tiles of the old pub are so attractive we decided to keep that photo of the plaque itself.

Looking at a current map you may begin to question the veracity of this plaque, since there are no railway lines nearby. Stanford's map c.1870 shows that a line used to run immediately behind these buildings.

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Information Subjects commemorated

Thomas Briggs

Banker and murder victim. He was beaten and robbed while he travelled on the ...

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Information Created by

Tower Hamlets Council

The name was originally applied to the Tower division of the county of Middle...

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