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Half a million people watch John Sebastian perform at Woodstock, 1969

On 29th June 1744, Horace Walpole writes to Henry Conway about the recently opened Ranelagh Pleasure Gardens in Chelsea:

“Every night constantly I go to Ranelagh; which has totally beat Vauxhall. Nobody goes anywhere else… My Lord Chesterfield is so fond of it that he says he has directed all his letters to be directed thither. If you had never seen it, I would make you…

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