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Mary Norton - Leighton Buzzard, Bed's
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
N 51° 54.942 W 000° 39.900
30U E 660589 N 5754238
Quick Description: A lovely Georgian house just off the High Street In Leighton Buzzard,This was the childhood home of MARY NORTON author of The Borrowers.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/28/2011 11:52:21 AM
Waymark Code: WMAVQV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Big B Bob
Views: 2

Long Description:
1903 -1992
Lived here as a child.

Mary Norton was born in London in 1903, and brought up in Bedfordshire, which was the setting for The Borrowers.

In 1941 she was given a war job in America, and worked for two years for the British Purchasing Commission in New York. It was during this time that she began to write. After the war, she moved back to England with her family and continued writing and acting.
Mary Norton died in 1992.

Norton was the daughter of a physician, and was raised in a Georgian house at the end of the High Street in Leighton Buzzard. The house now consists of part of Leighton Middle School, known within the school as The Old House, and was reportedly the setting of her novel The Borrowers.
She married Robert C. Norton in 1927 and had four children, 2 boys and 2 girls. Her second husband was Lionel Boncey, who she married in 1970.
She began working for the War Office in 1940 before the family moved temporarily to the United States.

She began writing while working for the British Purchasing Commission in New York during the Second World War. Her first book was The Magic Bed Knob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons published in 1943, which, together with the sequel Bonfires and Broomsticks, became the basis for the Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

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Name of Famous Person: Mary Norton

Physical Address: The Cedars,High Street ,Leighton Buzzard, Bed's

What is this person famous for?:
Writing the book the 'Borrowers' amongst others,

Website verifying legitimacy of site: [Web Link]

Personal Experience:
as this is now part of a school, i didn't linger too long as it as home time..But the building is a fine example of a georgian HoUse.

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