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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th August 1944 Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London
16th August 1939 Born today: Carol Shelley, London, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple)
16th August 1934 Born today: John Standing, London England, actor (Edward-Lime Street)
16th August 1924 Conference about German recovery payments opens in London
16th August 1885 Born today: Charles Carson, London England, actor (Cry the Beloved Country)
James Joyce lived here
This is where James Joyce lived and called Campden Grave.
Location: 28b Campden Grove, Kensington, London
Description: Irish author James Joyce and his family moved here in 1931 for what they thought would be an indefinite stay. Tagholm tells us that he had come to England both to be near his ailing father and to marry Nora Barnacle, the tall brunette from Galway, whom he had met in Dublin in 1904.
But theirs was a short stay. Kensingon was too dull for Joyce, who complained that their street was full of mummies and should be renamed 'Campden Grave'. Joyce refers to the relocation from Hotel Belgravia, Grosvenor Gardens, as the fifth hegira.
The reasons given for the relocation were that it would allow Joyce to be near his ailing father and marry Nora in order to avoid legal problems with his inheritance. The ceremony was performed in a London registry office on July of that year.
Campden Grove was situated near St. Mary Abbots, and furniture for the flat was purchased at a department store. Joyce disliked the flat and later rented it to a French Embassy Chef.