Lord Byron: not from Croydon
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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