Person    | Male  Born 1717  Died 1797

Horatio ('Horace') Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

Writer and collector. Youngest son of Sir Robert Walpole. His gothic novel "The Castle of Otranto"' was published in 1764. But his passion was his gothic creation, his house at Strawberry Hill, which is open to the public and well worth a visit.
His parents separated before his birth and he was brought up in Arlington Street by his much loved mother. Weak and effeminate he became an MP and used politics as an easy way to fund his life of leisure. This involved friendships with many other young men with similar aesthetic interests. His relationship with Thomas Gray was particularly jealous and difficult. He never married but did invent the word 'serendipity'.

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Horatio ('Horace') Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

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George Pub

The George The George was founded in 1723 as a coffee house, became Georges ...

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Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole, 1717-1797, man of letters, lived here.

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Robert & Horace Walpole

Greater London Council Sir Robert Walpole, 1676 - 1745, Prime Minister, and ...

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King of Corsica

The weather-worn stone above this plaque is, we guess, the original graveston...

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