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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th March 1920 1st flight from London to South Africa lands (1 months)
20th March 1906 George B Shaws Captain Brassbound's Conversion, premieres in London
20th March 1727 Issac Newton, English physicist/astronomer, died in London aged 84.
20th March 1616 Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana
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.