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Famous People in Eltham, London
"When putting together my "Blue Plaque" quizzes, I came across just about enough people from Eltham to justify a quiz of their own. So here are some more-or-less famous people from this obscure area of Southeast London."
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Possibly the most internationally-famous person ever to have been born in Eltham, this comedian actually lived here for only a short time, and moved with his parents to America when he was four. Nevertheless, his birthplace at 44 Craigton Road is marked with a commemorative plaque. He died in July 2003, just weeks after celebrating his 100th birthday. Who is he?
59 Footscray Road was the home of this writer and naturalist between 1884 and 1885, shortly before his early death in 1887 at the age of 39. He is best remembered today for his books, "Bevis - the Story of a Boy" and the autobiographical "The Story of My Heart", both of which drew on his memories of his childhood in rural Wiltshire. What is his name?
55 Archery Road was the home for over thirty years of this Labour politician, from 1929 until 1960. As well as serving as a Labour Member of Parliament, he was leader of London County Council and did much to develop the transport system and to create a "green belt" around the suburbs. He died in 1965. What is his name?
Born in Gloucestershire in 1848, and considered by most authorities to be the greatest cricketer of all time, this man lived at "Fairmount", Mottingham Lane from 1909 until his death in 1915. During his career in first-class cricket between 1865 and 1908, he scored 54,896 runs (including 126 centuries) and took 2876 wickets. Who is he?
W G Grace
This writer's residence, Well Hall House, is now demolished, but the grounds survive as a landscaped park known as Well Hall Pleasaunce. She herself lived here with her husband, Hubert Bland, from 1899 to 1921. She is best known for her books for children, which include "The Railway Children" and "Five Children and It". Who is she?
Lucy M Boston
J K Rowling
Although this comedian was born in York (in 1917), his family moved to Eltham when he was aged two, where they lived at 19 Arbroath Road. He specialised in that favourite English style of humour based on double entendres and sexual innuendo, which he delivered with his trademark look of shocked innocence and cries of "ooo-er missus". He is perhaps best remembered today for his television appearances in "Up Pompeii" and on stage in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". Can you name him?
Eltham College, a public school on Grove Park Road, had a number of pupils who later became well known. One of these came to Eltham in 1923, having been born and spent his early childhood in China. He went on to write a number of books of poetry, novels and plays, and is best known for the "Gormenghast" trilogy. He was also a fine artist, illustrating both his own and other authors' books. What is his name?
J R R Tolkein
George Alan O'Dowd was born in Eltham on 14th June 1961. He went on to achieve fame in the early 1980s as the lead singer of the "New Romantic" band "Culture Club". But can you give the name under which he became well known?
This person was founder-member of the pop group "Squeeze", which flourished (if that is the word) in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Having split up and then reformed, they have continued to be more or less active into the twenty-first century. His main claim to fame in terms of Eltham is that, as a boy, he was expelled from Eltham Green School. What is his name?
Let us not forget that Eltham is not just a bland London suburb - it does have a genuine royal palace. Eltham Palace was first used as such in 1311, but by which English monarch?
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Compiled Jun 28 12