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Prime Ministers and No. 10

The Changing Face – and Faces – of Number 10 Downing Street: the geography of power since 1945

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The front door of Number 10 Downing Street - the official residence of the First Lord of the Treasury

"How much I wish that the public – the people, after all, on whose behalf Number 10 exists – could see beyond that famous front door…" - Margaret Thatcher Just off Whitehall, in London’s SW1 postcode, fronted by one of the world’s most …

Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth

Henry Addington, born on 30 May 1757, was eldest son of a successful London physician, Dr Anthony Addington. He passed through Winchester College and other schools on his path to Brasenose College, Oxford, and then Lincoln’s Inn, becoming a barrister …

Clement Attlee: enigmatic, out of time – and formidable

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Portrait of Clement Attlee (The National Archives reference INF 14/19)

Clement Attlee bore little resemblance to the contemporary politician. He had no time for the things that are now the stock-in-trade of all serious aspirants for high office: image and public relations. Attlee was so apparently unconcerned with presentation that …