14 Langford Place 1946-55

I lived with my family at 14 Langford Place from 1946 until 1955.Our landlady was Dame Laura Knight who lived next door.
Upstairs lived James Robinson the conductor and Sam Kutcher the violinist rented a flat in a ‘flying freehold’ on the other side.
Paul Hamburger the musician lived in a house whose garden bordered ours.
The first Israeli Ambassador lived in Langford Close.
My father Nakdimon Shabtai Doniach ghost-wrote the Friday Kutbah which was read at the Regent’s Park Mosque – he┬ámust have been one of the very few Jews to have ever claimed this honour!
The Sheikh would make clandestine visits to our house to collect these works.
My mother Thea Doniach (nee Pilichowski) produced an illustrated history of St John’s Wood for her ATD dissertation at Goldsmith’s College, which I would be happy to share.

This page was added on 01/02/2013.

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  • As one of the editors of this website , I was fascinated to read your contribution about living in Langford Place. We would love to have your mothers’ history of SJW on the website. Please let us know how this can be arranged.
    Jeanne Strang

    By Jeanne Strang (10/09/2017)

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