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Orts 68, 2005

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An English Heritage blue plaque was unveiled by the wellknown biographer and novelist A.N. Wilson at Tudor Lodge, 20 Albert Street, Camden Town in north London on Tuesday 28th June. George MacDonald and his family lived at Tudor Lodge from 1860 to 1863 in the early days of his career as a writer. The plaque describes MacDonald most appropriately as a 'Story Teller'. Mr. Wilson made a speech quoting from his favourite MacDonald book, At the Back of the North Wind. Then the Society's Chairman, Richard Lines, made a short speech giving an overview of MacDonald's significance, followed by John Docherty, who read an extract from MacDonald's novel The Vicar's Daughter in which the heroine gives a short description of the house. It was a sunny day and English Heritage staff were on hand to give help and take photographs and members of the Committee and of the Society were present. The present owner of Tudor Lodge, Sebastian Tennant, had given his permission for the placing of the plaque and he was present with his wife for the ceremony. A.N. Wilson brought along friends, including the distinguished novelist Dame Beryl Bainbridge.