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Cromer, (George) Rowland Baring, 3rd Earl of (1 of 10) National Life Stories: City Lives

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  • Subjects

    Banking; Politics

  • Recording date

    1990-30-05, 1990-02-10, 1990-10-10

  • Is part of (Collection)

    City Lives

  • Recording locations

    interviewee's home

  • Interviewees

    Cromer, George Baring, Earl of, 1918-1991 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Phillips, David (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 1 (tape 1 side A): Born at end of war in country house safe from London, before moving back to father's inherited house at 36 Wimpole Street. Grandfather, Evelyn Baring, was soldier who became a Commissioner of National Debt in Egypt and subsequently became first Earl of Cromer. Father born in Cairo. Father had little money; left Foreign Office and joined family bank, Baring Brothers, in 1911. Father married and had two daughters, seven and ten years, before George. Nanny, Mrs. Mabel Spiller, a wonderful woman; plus a nursery maid who made meals. Somewhat lonely upbringing with no children to stay and sisters too old; solitary life. Pre-school at Broadstairs very silly and not very enjoyable. Governess at home had already taught George to read and write. Lots of sport and not much work. No lasting friendships. Then to Eton, which was anticipated. Considered by all as the best of schools. Showed mechanical aptitude and interest in films and stage work. George called (Viscount) Errington; many boys with title. Joined OTC which subsequently enabled George to become officer when war came, without going to Sandhurst. Made many lasting friendships. Eton regime: own room, with bed and desk; boys maid; pre-breakfast lesson at 7.30.

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    Interview with George Rowland Baring, 3rd Earl of Cromer, banker and diplomat; Governor of the Bank of England (1961-1966) and British Ambassador to the United States (1971-1974).

  • Related transcripts

    Rowland Baring, 3rd Earl of Cromer, interviewed by David Phillips: full interview transcript

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