Cheltenham Public Library, Art Gallery and Museum.

London County Council

Alliance Hall

Westminster London

Julian Bream' rented flat lived on

Pitt Street, Kensington

In March 1953 accidentally left his guitar on sidewalk.

Wilfrid M. Appleby - home

47 Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloscoshire.

Hampton Court Casino

Witney Social Centre, Oxfordshire

St. Cuthbert's Church, London

Arts Council in Manchester

Cowdry Hall in Cavendish Square

Mercury Theatre

Wigmore Hall

Aldeburgh Festival

British Army base in Devizes in the Pay Corps

Royal Artillery at Woolwich

The Club of Gays at Hampton

Hansworth Town Hall

Battersea Borough Maternity Home

19 Bolingbrooke Grove

Julian Bream's place of birth. No picture is available.

Bream Family - First Home

Battersea, London

Where Julian lived his first 18 months of life.

Julian often described his first home as being near "the Dog's Home and the Electric Plant."

They lived at this address for about 2 years.

Miss Johanna (Janus) Vollers - home

16, Elwill Park Langley, Beckenham. Tel. : BEC. 2742

Mrs. Kingsmill-Lunn Flat

38a Holland Park Avenue
The first meeting of the Philharmonic Society for Guitarists took place at Mrs. Kingsmill-Lunn's home on April 21, 1945. Julian and his father show up without their guitars not knowing what to expect. Julian is asked, "Can you play something?" Someone lent him a guitar and he played "Study in B minor" by Fernando Sor to everybody's amazement. The following two meetings (May and June) were also held at Mrs. Kingsmill-Lunn's flat.

Cheltenham Public Library, Art Gallery and Museum

Chinese Porcelain Room.

Cheltenham, England

Special places

Second Home

25, Cleveland Avenue, Hampton, London

Julian's parents, Henry and Violet moved to Hampton on the Thames when they needed more room for their son and their soon-to-be-born daughter Janice. Julian moved here with his parents in 1935 and it remained his official residence until his father died of cancer in November 1950 and the house went up for sale.

Central Hall

Westminster, London

The Cambridge Theatre in the 1950s

Courtesy of Gerry Atkins

Bolingbrooke Hospital

Bolingbrooke Grove

Incorrectly thought to be Julian Bream's place of birth.

This is the hospital Julian Bream assumed he was born in because the Battersea Borough Maternity Home no longer existed by the time he could have detailed memories. They were within walking distance from each other also on Bolingbroke Grove

Princess Monkey - Royal Drum Pub

Neighborhood beer house owned by Julian's Grandmother's Alice Wildgoose

on Condray Street

Julian loved visiting his grandmother's pub. She had an old upright piano that Julian liked to play and practice with as a child to entertain the customers. Later he plays the guitar as well.

Julian Bream’s official birth certificate bears the address of 19 Bolingbroke Grove, Battersea, England. This was the address of the Battersea Borough Maternity Home that was within a short walking distance from the Bolingbroke Hospital, also on Bolingbroke Grove. The Bolingbroke Hospital did not have a maternity ward and only dealt with complicated deliveries that required surgery. The maternity ward buildings at 19 and 20 Bolingbroke were very old buildings and eventually stopped providing service by 1939. The buildings suffered further severe structural damage during WWII, therefore they were demolished in the early post-war period. Unlike most children in Britain at this time, Julian knew he was not born at home. He knew he was born at Bolingbroke Grove. By the time Julian would have any memory of the area he no longer lived in Battersea, the maternity ward no longer existed and the Bolingbroke Hospital did not bear a building number. There was no building at 19 Bolingbroke just the hospital nearby. Julian always assumed he was born at the hospital on Bolingbroke when he was in actuality born at the maternity home that did not appear to have been directly associated with the hospital. While Julian Bream does not mention the hospital or the address where he was born while he was being interviewed for the film Julian Bream: A Life in Music, a short film clip was shown of the front of the older section of the hospital leading all to assume that he was born at the Bolingbroke Hospital. In a discussion with Paul Balmer, the director of the Bream documentary, he stated that Julian just told him to take a short film clip of the hospital at Bolingbroke in Battersea without giving him an actual address. It appears that about 21% of the children in Battersea were born at this maternity facility between the period of 1921 to 1939. This is a large percentage of births when you consider that most children during this time in England were born at home.[1]

[1] Lost Hospitals of London, https://ezitis.myzen.co.uk/batterseamaterniry.html

Colonial Hostel, Earl's Court, London

Cambridge Theater


This page is dedicated to all the places that had some degree of importance and contributed to Julian Bream's development as a person and a musician.

Royal College of Music

Cheltenham Town Hall

Dr Boris Perott's home

1, St. Dunstans Road, Barons Court, London, W. 6.

Dr Perott was President of the London Philharmonic Society of Guitarists. While club meetings were not held at his home, Julian and his father would travel 3 hours every week to Perott's home in London so Julian could have a two-hour guitar class. Julian started taking guitar instruction with Dr Perott in Late April 1945 and they lasted for about a year.

The Cambridge Theatre Auditorium

before current remodel

Mr. Adrian Van der Horst Flat
39 Thurloe Place, London (flat above the Cafe de Venice).
The fourth meeting of the Philharmonic Society for Guitarists took place at Mr. Adrian Van der Horst's flat above the Cafe de Venice on July 18, 1945.
Their meetings took place there every month from July 1945 to November 1945.