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dedication,
a
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building was about half the size of Casa Artom, had three stories
and a daylight basement, was situated on a quarter-acre lot with a six-
foot garden wall surrounding it, and could accommodate a faculty
family and about sixteen students. For many reasons the location
of the house was appealing: Hampstead was rich in its historical
and literary memories (John Keats, for instance, had lived there, and
the Keats House was lovingly preserved as a museum); Hampstead
Heath, with its woods and meadows, was a delightful place for walks,
picnics, and outdoor games; good pubs, tea rooms, and restaurants,
with reasonable prices, were nearby;
a well-stocked book store and a rep-
ertory movie house were not far up
the hill from Steele’s Road; popular
entertainers and film stars, though
seldom if ever seen, lived in the
neighborhood; and the Under-
ground, as well as a bus stop, was
within a few minutes’ walk of the
house being looked at. All the sights
and pleasures of London were thus
quickly available. And, if one chose,
a leisurely stroll to the City, by way
perhaps of Regents’ Park, offered a
pleasant afternoon’s diversion.
The house—at 36 Steele’s Road—
was available for 67,500 pounds, and the university found an alum-
nus who was willing to make the purchase possible. T. Eugene
Worrell (B.A., 1940), of Charlottesville, Virginia, chairman of the
board of Worrell Newspapers, gave Wake Forest $150,000; like Pres-
ident Scales an ardent Anglophile, he responded happily to the idea
that his alma mater would have an outpost in England. Trustee J.
Smith Young (B.S., 1939) and the Dixie Furniture Company of
Thomasville offered to provide furniture for nine bedrooms, and,
because of the risk that squatters might take over the house while it
was vacant and then could not be legally evicted, Lecturer in Jour-
nalism Bynum G. Shaw, who had already been given a research leave
for the 1977 spring term, was asked to go to London with his wife,
Emily Crandall Shaw, and live in the house until it could be made
ready for an academic program in the summer.3
3
Two articles by Shaw
[“Living in (and with)
London” and “Wor-
rell House: Hello to
All That, and Good-
bye”] are in The Wake
Forest Review, VII
(March 1977), 5, and
The Wake Forest
Review, VII (Sum-
mer 1977), 7.
Harold Tedford and theatre designer Jo Mielziner,
with a model of the Ring Theatre
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