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20th June 1837 Queen Victoria receives the news from the Archbishop of Canterbury that her uncle William IV had died and she was now queen.
Novelist James Hilton lived here
James Hilton, author of Goodbye Mr Chips lived here.
Location: 42 Oak Hill Gardens, Woodford Green, IG8 9DY
Description: James Hilton (September 9, 1900 - December 20, 1954) was a popular Lancastrian novelist, son of John Hilton, the headmaster of Chapel End School in Walthamstow.
His father was one of the inspirations for Mr Chipping in Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Hilton's most beloved novel Goodbye Mr Chips.
He wrote his two most remembered books, Lost Horizon and Goodbye, Mr. Chips while living here, before he moved to California in 1938 after his divorce from BBC secretary Alice Brown.
James Hilton went on to win an Oscar, an Academy Award in 1942 for his work on the screenplay of Mrs Miniver, based on the novel by Jan Struther.