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Clerkenwell is a birthplace of Elizabeth Wilkinson, also known as Elizabeth Stokes, after husband’s surname. She was an English bare-knuckle boxing champion and is now considered the first female boxer. In 1722, she had probably the first female prize-fight in London.
Clerkenwell Finsbury Barbican Farringdon EC1 was among the most popular places to live in the 1600s. Well-known personalities who owned a house in the area include the Duke of Northumberland and Oliver Cromwell. Michael Fagan, the man responsible for one of the most famous royalty security breaches, comes from Clerkenwell Finsbury Barbican Farringdon EC1. He bypassed security and entered the Queen’s bedchambers in 1982.
The Industrial Revolution had a great impact on Clerkenwell Finsbury Barbican Farringdon EC1 area. This is the place where Kodak started producing the folding pocket camera. The district was favored by Italian immigrants during the Industrial Revolution. This is how it gained the nickname of Little Italy.