Nevil Shute Norway Foundation

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1891 - 1910

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February : February: Nevil Shute's great grandfather Nevell Norway, who was a Cornwall ship owner, is murdered by 2 farm labourers. At about the same time, Nevell Norway's brother, far away on a ship, dreams of his brother's murder in considerable detail and, having had his dream recorded in the ship's log by the captain, returns to find the dream was true.
Paranormal events are later described in several of Shute's novels.
Between April and June 1892 : Arthur Hamilton Norway (born 7 October 1859 near Wadebridge, Cornwall - dies 1938) marries Mary Louisa Gadsden (1860 or 1861-1932) at Brentford, Middlesex. He is 32 and she is 31-ish.

Between October and December 1895 : Shute's brother, Frederick Hamilton Norway, is born at Brentford, Middlesex.

Shute's brother Fred's birth notice.
(The Times 1895. Image Research 2006: Steve van Dulken)
This a portion of Nevil Shute's birth certificate. ( INSS ) Birth Certificate
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16 Somerset Rd West Ealing, London 17 January 1899 - Nevil Shute Norway was born at 16 Somerset Rd West Ealing, London. This is also the home of Keith Stewart in Trustee From The Toolroom but it was called number 56 in the novel. (Photos: << AC 2007 JA 2004>>)

This map for pilgrims shows the location of 16 Somerset Rd West Ealing in London. ( SMp ) Map of 16 Somerset Rd West Ealing in London

Shute develops a stammer at about the age of 5.

From 1907 to 1912 the Norway family live at 26 Corfton Road, Ealing, London W5. (Photo:RP 2006)
1907 : Shute goes to a prep school in nearby Hammersmith.


Shute is sent to the Dragon School at Oxford after playing truant at the South Kensington Science Museum.
The Dragon school hall circa 1920 (Photo of photo: JM 2006)
55 Park Town Road Shute lived at 55 Park Town in Oxford while attending The Dragon School. (Photo: JM 2006)
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