Wallington, Hertfordshire

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Wallington is a small village in Hertfordshire, near the town of Baldock. Nearby villages include Rushden and Sandon. It is within the civil parish of Rushden and Wallington.

St Mary, Wallington

George Orwell[edit]

The author George Orwell lived in a small cottage at no 2 Kits Lane, known as The Stores, in the village from 1936 to 1940, and at occasional weekends (when he was otherwise mainly in London) until he gave up the lease on the cottage in 1947. A commemorative plaque was placed there in 1989 by Hertfordshire County Council. This plaque is however not accurate, in that it refers to Orwell living at the Stores until 1940, whereas he had the lease until April 1947, and did stay at the house from time to time until at least the time of Eileen's death. He had married his first wife Eileen O'Shaughnessy at the village church on 9 June 1936. Orwell wrote his notable book Animal Farm in 1944 probably much of it while he was at the village and certainly drew on his experiences there for inspiration, especially Manor Farm and The Great Barn. The farm in the village is, as in the book called Manor Farm.[1]

Other notable books that he wrote while he lived in the village include Homage to Catalonia, and The Road to Wigan Pier (which he had largely researched before he moved to Wallington, but which was written and published after his arrival.) Many of his notable essays, reviews and articles in various journals and collections, were also written during this period.

In 2011 and 2012 the village was involved in the George Orwell Festival, of Letchworth and Wallington.

References[edit]

  1. ^ George Orwell in Wallington, Coutts Smith, Jim ; Wallington Church Preservation Trust, 2010, ISBN 978-0-9565052-1-7 (reprint of article originally in A North Hertfordshire Miscellany , 1995, North Hertfordshire Villages Research Group)

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Coordinates: 51°59′17″N 0°07′08″W / 51.988°N 0.119°W / 51.988; -0.119