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Hurrah for Octavius

I was born in Walthamstow, not in Whipps Cross, the larger hospital where David Beckham was born, but in the smaller Thorpe Combe. It's now a psychiatric unit. It was built, as Thirpe Combe House by Octavius Wigram, one of the London and Westminster Light Horse who turned Queen Caroline away from Westminster Abbey in 1820 when she tried to force entry into the coronation of her estranged husband George IV. Sometime later, he, like me, moved to Dulwich.

Perhaps this gives me something to Friday week.


Apr. 19th, 2011 10:02 am (UTC)
Apparently she tried every door but her entrance was barred because she didn't have a ticket. It all seems rather gentile but George had hired prize fighters dressed as pages to bar her entry.
'Nah ticket, you can't come in, luv'
'I must have left it in my other bustle. Would you care to peruse the guest list?'
'Wassa name?'
'I'm sorry?'
'Name, darling. Name.'
'Her Majesty The Queen'
'Queen, eh? Thas nice. Let's avva look see then. We've got Queen of Denmark, 's'at you?'
'I am the Queen of England.'
'England? England? Denmark, Spain, Schleswig-Holstein. Where's that? Sounds foreign, eh? Nah, darling sorry. You're not on the list. Nah move along luv, 'er's people tryin' to get in.'

Edited at 2011-04-19 11:06 am (UTC)