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10 Cavendish Avenue, Hollycroft

History of 10 Cavendish Avenue

1901:

Louisa Bedwell 58, born Charing Cross London

Clara E. 29, private governess, born Plymouth

Kathleen 36, born Chelsea

Frank 24, student of music, born Cambridge

Douglas 17, music seller’s apprentice, born Cambridge

Alice A Hunt 22, cook, born Little Wilbraham

Eliza M Ayres 19, housemaid, born Bottisham

1911:

Hugh Owen Meredith 33, born Wimbledon, University professor of economics

Olive Christabel Margaret 34, born Wolverhampton,  lecturer in education

Ralph Anthony 2, born Lancs

Sidney Lavinia Frances 2, bornLancs

Frances Davies, servant, 50, born Staffs, cook housekeeper

Elizabeth Maud Hollick, servant, 27, born Sawston,  housemaid

Hugh Owen Meredith (1878-1964) wrote a number of books on economics such as ‘Outlines of the Economic History of England’. ‘Protection in France’ and ‘Economic history of England: A Study in social development (1939)’ as well as some verse – ‘Week-Day Poems’.

A perhaps greater claim to celebrity is that Hugh was a close friend of E.M.Forster. Hugh was at Kings College in 1897 and is the H.O.M. to whom ‘A Room with a View’ was dedicated. Forster started writing ‘Maurice’, his candid and at the time unpublishable story of homosexual love, in 1913. It was finished in 1914.  Hugh Meredith was one of the friends he showed the incomplete manuscript to and it is thought that the character of Clive Durham in the book may have been based on Meredith. Meredith’s reaction was apparently disappointing for Forster. For more detailed discussion visit the King’s College web site.

Olive Meredith was also a writer. Her works include ‘History of the Bank of England (1911) and ‘The Psychology of the Free Child (1924).’

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