"Westgate and A.A.Milne" - Dr Dawn Crouch at the Westgate Literary Festival 2019

Christ Church United Reformed Church, Kent, CT8 8SN
Sat 14th September 2019
A.A. MILNE 1882-1956

Alan Alexander Milne was 12 years old, when his family moved from Kilburn to Westgate-on-Sea, where his father, John Vine Milne, was to found a boys' preparatory school in a town where competition was keen. He had discovered the old, empty house, known as Streete Court, on a cycling holiday and considered it ideal for a new venture.

A.A. had been a pupil of his father in London, so it is likely that he continued as such at Streete Court for his final year at prep. school before moving on to Public School. His own writing shows that he clearly loved the
house and its rural setting, which ontinued to be his home during his years at Westminster and Trinity College Cambridge. His father remained Principal of Streete Court until 1905.

This talk is based on Streete Court School and Westgate in the decade that the Milnes were here - 1894-1905 - and the possible influence that they had on the writer.

Join Dr Dawn Crouch and discover the bond between A.A. Milne and Westgate.


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