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Memories of Julian and Aldous Huxley at Prior's Field

Your email about Voces8 reminded me of the Huxleys coming to Prior's Field when I was there. My memory says that I was in the 5th or possibly lower 5th form when I was aware of Julian Huxley, sitting at the end of the sixth form dining table, looking quite grumpy, as indeed who wouldn't in such circumstances! Then, when I was a prefect in 1962-63 I was on the 6th form table. One day we had Aldous Huxley at the table, in the same seat as his brother had sat earlier. Miss Chinneck must have picked the two girls next to him with care, although I'm afraid I have no memory of who they were. He looked considerably less grumpy than his brother, but very austere and rather shy, poor man. I sat next to Elspeth Huxley, I think, who wrote The Flame Trees of Thika. I had not read it then, it would have been good to have been tipped off by a teacher but I have no recollection of being told in advance who was coming. She had married into the Huxley family but obviously carried on the literary tradition. 

I wonder who else may have a memory of these visits?

Jenny Hatch (Wardrop)


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