His home, for instance, is situated at Brighton, where there is naturally enough water to satisfy the most enthusiastic admirer of hydrostatics.
You may take it from me that he is ardently devoted to the main – the main chance in particular.
Thus so far I have come up with three obvious ones: Alongside his siblings, Herbert was born in Carlton House, The Avenue, Gipsy Hill – a grand, high Victorian residence near to the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, which I described in last month’s post.
The family then moved to a large apartment overlooking Clapham Common (the Cedars) and Herbert was sent to Cheam prep school, then Eton, with his older brother and two male cousins.
But as most family historians know, beginnings are often murky places in which to flounder around searching for enough pegs on which to hang a life’s narrative.