DURRELL, Lawrence 1912-1990. Author. In 1923, when Lawrence Durrell was 11 and his brother Leslie 6, they lodged at 36 Hillsborough Road, backing onto Alleyn’s School. Lawrence went to St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Grammar School in Tooley Street, Bermondsey. In 1926 their mother came from India and bought 43 Alleyn Park - ‘a substantial detached 3-storey property with a large garden’. She sold it at the end of 1929, and the family moved to a spacious flat next to the Queen’s Hotel in Upper Norwood, and thence to Bournemouth in 1931. In that same year Leslie entered Dulwich College, but Lawrence went to St Edmund’s, Canterbury.

Patrick Darby