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HOMES OF SOLDIER AND STATESMAN: WOLFE'S HOUSE, WESTERHAM, AND HAYES PLACE, THE SEAT OF THE PITTS

HOMES OF SOLDIER AND STATESMAN: WOLFE'S HOUSE, WESTERHAM, AND HAYES PLACE, THE SEAT OF THE PITTS

On January 2, 1727, James Wolfe, whose capture of Quebec in 1759 helped to make Canada British, was born at the Old Vicarage, Westerham. in Kent. Soon after his birth his parents moved to another part of the town (left), and this red-brick Elizabethan house was the scene of his boyhood. It has been largely rebuilt, and has received the name of Quebec House in honour of the young Major-General. William Pitt, the younger, was born at Hayes, a few miles north of Westerham and near Bromley, May 28, 1759. Hayes Place (right) was his home. His father had purchased it soon after marrying, and he rebuilt it, extending the grounds to about 100 acres. Here the young Pitt received his first lessons in oratory from that great master, his father.

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THE WOLFE STATUE, WESTERHAM, AND PITT HOUSE, HAMPSTEAD

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