George Sutherland Fraser (1915-1980) was a poet, critic and academic who lived in this house from 1958 until his death in 1980. He was a Reader in Poetry at the University of Leicester. His widow Eileen “Paddy” Fraser (1918-2013) continued to reside here for 33 more years until her death. It was the Fraser family from whom we purchased the house in September 2013.
Paddy’s obituary from The Guardian, written by her daughter Helen is here.
Paddy Fraser’s memoir of her husband can be read here.
A rather uncanny virtual movie of G S Fraser reading his poem “Lean Street”:
And finally here are some excerpts from Richard Hoggart’s autobiography “A Measured Life” mentioning the Frasers and the house:
Of G S Fraser’s writing of his book on Ezra Pound:
When we bought the house, we received a card from Helen Fraser expressing how happy the family was that the house was once again going to have an association with the University.