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Answer 26. Sir Winston Churchill. Thousands of London’s school leavers have never heard of him.


On 25 March 1763, a young Scotsman was returning to his rooms in Downing Street when he decided to take a detour first:

IMG_4751 St J Park‘As I was coming home this night, I felt carnal inclinations raging through my frame. I determined to gratify them. I went to St James’ Park and picked up a whore. For the first time did I engage in armour, which I found but a dull satisfaction. She who submitted to my embraces was a young Shropshire girl, only seventeen, very well-looked.’

The same thing happened on 31 March:

‘At night I strolled into the Park and took the first whore I met, whom I without many words copulated with free from danger, being safely sheathed.’

And again on 4 June:

‘I went to the Park, picked up a low brimstone, called myself a barber and agreed with her for sixpence, went to the bottom of the Park arm in arm, and dipped my machine in the Canal and performed most manfully.’

HISTORIC LONDON: X MARKS THE SPOT. Question 27. This horrible Scotsman later wrote a book that has never been out of print. Who was he?

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‘Scintillating’ – Literary Review
‘Sets an example that will be hard to equal’ – Daily Mail
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