Orwell and Hayes

by 5ocietyx

Orwell-Hayes

Eric Blair at the Hawthorns High School in Hayes (courtesy of London Historians Blog)

George Orwell, who adopted this pseudonym while living in Hayes, lived and worked in 1932-3 as a schoolmaster at The Hawthorns High School for Boys, situated on Church Road. The school has since closed and is now known as The Fountain House Hotel. Despite returning several times, Orwell was characteristically acerbic about his time in Hayes, camouflaging it lightly as West Bletchley in Coming Up for Air, as Southbridge in A Clergyman’s Daughter, and joking in a letter to author/friend Frank Jellinek:

Hayes . . . is one of the most godforsaken places I have ever struck. The population seems to be entirely made up of clerks who frequent tin-roofed chapels on Sundays and for the rest bolt themselves within doors

Sources:
London Historians Blog
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayes,_Hillingdon

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