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Durlacher, Nicholas (7 of 18) National Life Stories: City Lives

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  • Subjects

    Jobbing; Futures exchange

  • Recording date

    1995-03-01, 1995-04-01, 1995-23-11

  • Is part of (Collection)

    City Lives

  • Recording locations

    interviewee's office, London

  • Interviewees

    Durlacher, Nicholas, 1946-, (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 7 (tape 4 side A): About meeting wife Mary - skiing Klosters, same hotel The Weineck owned by Ruth Gooler. Mary's maiden name McLaren - about her interests and family. Lived in Cambridge - mother from Canton Vaud, Switzerland - father regular soldier in British Army - captured by Italians - PoW then repatriated to England. Sent to Switzerland at close of war - met Marise who was secretary in Swiss Army. Married. Mary's father joined Thomas Cook - posted to France - worked there until 1950 or '51 - Thomas Cook wanted him to return to London - he refused. Bought a timber business and exported hardwoods to England - English partner - office in Sloane Street, London - firm called Clive Leicester (or ?Lester). About ND's wife Mary - brother Michael four years older - educated in England at Eton - Mary at Cranbourne Chase. ND age twenty-one, Mary sixteen, when they met. She at crammer school trying for Cambridge Entrance - refused a place, too young. Went Kent University - studied languages. About courtship, proposing marriage in flat in Lennox Gardens - formal request to her father - parents' approval - lovely wedding at St Margaret's, Westminster - reception in House of Commons - Mary's uncle an MP. Talks here about guests at wedding and singles out Paul Getty and Penelope Kitson - reasons why they were invited - lots of people from Stock Exchange. About flat in Clifton Place where they went after honeymoon - Mary crying - hated it. Honeymoon in East Africa - reasons why they went there - describes wonders of trip. Mary found new flat in Eaton Place, learned to type and got part-time job with Georgian Group - worked there two or three years until becoming pregnant. About financial help from parents - ND's father's Trust and Mary's inheritance. One child, David, born 1976, five years after marriage - precautions taken to avoid having children - details of near miscarriage and three month stay in London Clinic. ND there at the birth after preparation by Betty Parsons at her clinic for pregnant women and fathers. Talks about effect on him - difficulty with epidural. Admits to reluctance to bathing, feeding, nappy-changing of baby. Describes changes in their life after arrival of child - their house in Essex - their dog etc etc Gives reasons why Essex - bought house 1975 - property market in distressed state. Moved 1976. Describes London lifestyle - theatres, cinema, dinner parties, help in cooking and serving. Tremendous change from Eaton Place - shock for ND worse for Mary. ND commuted from Marks Tey. Talks about making friends, getting nanny and dog and adapting to country life. Describes exterior of house - rebuilding thereof by Quinlan Terry, local architect. Mock-Georgian. Describes interior layout - colour schemes - Jean Munro celebrated London interior decorator - Christopher Vane-Percy and Karen Thomason who advised on decor. Pictures inherited from father - Mary's inherited pictures. Talks generally about Mary's interests and her two particular charities, Order of St John and Cystic Fibrosis. About London house in Rutland Street - how and why they acquired it. Also cottage in Upper Lambourn, Berkshire.

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    Interview with Nicholas Durlacher CBE, member of the Stock Exchange (1970–86), Partner at Wedd Durlacher (1972-86) and Chairman of Elexon Ltd (2000–10).

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