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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th January 1973 Born today: Crispian Mills, London, vocalist/guitarist (Kula Shaker)
18th January 1950 Christopher Fry's Venus Observed, premieres in London
18th January 1884 General Charles Gordon departs London for Khartoum
PG Wodehouse lived here
This is where Jeeves & Wooster author PG Wodehouse lived.
Location: 17 Dunraven Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7EG
Description: This is the Grade II listed building where Jeeves and Wooster author Wodehouse lived between 1927 and 1934. He lived with his wife Ethel and step-daughter Leonora when it used to be called Norfolk Street.
In 1988 a plaque was unveiled here by HM the Queen Mother, who said:
The plaque reads:
I am particularly pleased to have been invited to unveil this plaque as for many years I have been an ardent reader of PG Wodehouse. Indeed, I am proud to say that his very first book The Pothunters was dedicated by him to members of my family.
Sir Pelham Wodehouse succeeded in the great ambition of so many novelists: not only has he brought new words and expressions into the English language but he has also created characters whose names have become household words Jeeves and Bertie, Lord Emsworth and his prize pig, the Empress of Blandings, and even Aunt Agatha to name but a few, live on as immortal characters.
Nevertheless I think that Wodehouse's greatest gift is that 50 or 60 years after many of his books were written they still make us all laugh, and I am sure that generations to come will continue to laugh at them just as much as we have done. What an encouraging thought for the future!
PG Wodehouse lived in this house from 1927 until 1934, and I am delighted to unveil the plaque which now records this.
The penthouse was sold here for £3.1m in 2006 and fashion designer Alexander McQueen bought much of the lower floors here in 2008 a few years before he died.
Dunraven Street was first laid out by Edmund Rush during the 1750s as Norfolk Street and by 1761 all the houses were completed and occupied. The houses on the east side of Dunraven Street were all rebuilt between 1897 and 1916. No. 17 (formerly No.15), designed by Sidney R.J. Smith was rebuilt as a terrace with Nos. 16, 18 and 19 in 1897.