Lord Byron: not from Croydon

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The poet was hailed as on the '50 notable people connected with Croydon' in the borough's bid to win city status earlier this year.

According to council literature, called 'Croydon: The Facts', it stated that Lord Byron, born George Byron in 1788, was one of 'many talents nurtured by Croydon', which it said was a 'centre for innovation'.

But this week the council admitted it had made a bungle after it was pointed out that Lord Byron - who wrote She Walks in Beauty and When We Two Parted - was born in Marylebone in north London and had probably never even visited Croydon....

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