14. Richard Walker

Richard Walker, renowned freshwater angler, author, journalist and broadcaster was born here in 1918 (the house was then numbered 16). Richard was educated at the Friends’ School, Saffron Walden; from there he went to St Christopher School in Letchworth then, in 1936, to Caius College, Cambridge, to read Engineering. The Second World War interrupted his studies, and he spent the next six years playing an important role in radar development. Combining a career as an engineer in the family firm of Lloyds & Co of Letchworth with his love of fishing, Richard contributed articles to a number of angling periodicals, including a weekly column in Angling Times which lasted more than thirty years. He also wrote many books on the subject. Richard appeared on a number of television programmes from the 1950s, and was a guest on Desert Island Discs in 1974.

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