Lawford Road

For the most part, John Ireland lived in Kensington or Chelsea. However, when he first came to London as a student, an early place of residence was Lawford Road, Tufnell Park, where he shared lodgings with his sister Ethel. In letters to her in their later years, the composer often reminisces, mentioning many of the places in which he lived. Clearly his sister was something of a pianist too:

Do you remember 5 Chichester Street, that was Miss Prince’s, and A8 All Saints Church, Tufnell Park, 4 Bedroom For Salennie, the drudge – and Mr Winder? We had an Erard grand there, & I remember you practising Bach’s Italian Concerto, also Mendelssohn’s ‘Variations Serieuses’ – you played very well, also sang well. You must remember living in Tufnell Park, Camden Town, & the Seymours – I was the organist of All Saints Tufnell Park… How distant it all seems now.

The church (right) has now been converted into apartments.

Source: letter John Ireland to Ethel Ireland, 14 December 1946, British Library MS Mus. 1749/2.

Map of Lawford Rd, London NW5 2LN


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