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the later Victorian and Edwardian times 1890 to 1919

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In Walthamstow, a few yards from the Leyton boundary, James Hilton grew up at 16 College Road (rebuilt after World War two) from the age of about 2 in 1902 until his parents moved in 1932.  Hilton attended the Leys Methodist School in Cambridge and then the University.  He was the son of a headmaster from Lancashire.  After years of writing novels which were published but did not sell in great numbers, ‘Good-Bye Mr Chips’ appealed to the American romantic view of English emotional reserve and of private school life.  Its US commercial success brought interest in Hilton’s other work, and ‘Lost Horizon’, about a Tibet the author can only have known through library books, was made into a Hollywood film in 1937.

Eric Ashby, Harry Beck, Reginald Horace Blyth, George Bolton, George Coles, Fanny Cradock, Frank Dobson, Zoe Dyke, Charles Eade, Kenneth Farnes, Henry C Fehr, Stuart Freeborn, Roy Ullyett

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