18 July 2013

Richmal Crompton in Bury

The corner of Hampson Mill Lane and Manchester Road, near Hollins Vale, Bury.

'IN THIS HOUSE
RICHMAL CROMPTON
AUTHORESS OF
THE "JUST WILLIAM" BOOKS
WAS BORN
15th NOV 1890'
 
'Authoress'? I don't know when the sign was erected, but the expression must surely have been embarrassingly condescending even at the time.
 
I believe this plaque began life blue, but the sun has apparently blanched it. Richmal Crompton published about forty children's novels about William Brown, but although she published a similar number of adult books, it was the William books that sold more. She died in Chiselhurst in 1969.

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