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Cringing Cult of Celebrity in Petts Wood, Greater London*

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  • Just one point - Charles de Gaulle did not live in the "big house at the end of Birchwood Road" but in number 41. (A lot of people make this mistake.) Sir Geraint Evans, the singer, also lived in Birchwood Road (no 34).
  • Jack Dee was born in PW in 1962
  • general charles de gaule
  • The guy who invented daylight savings.
  • charles de gaulle lived in the big corner house at the very end of birchwood road. paul ince's family also lived down there for a while so you would often see him driving about.... David bowie lived near by when he was young but there is great debate about whether he lived in petts wood or nearer bromley.
  • General de Gaulle. William Willett (inventor of British Summertime). Oh, and Dale Winton visited once. He loved its "curtain-twitching suburbia."
  • Named after a Phineas Pett, who aparently built warships for Elizabeth the first, the Sovereign of the Seas was one of his boats. William Willet (the man who invented daylight saving) lived in Petts Wood, hence the Daylight Inn pub. Charles de Gaul lived here for a bit during the war - NOT in Orpington, as it says somewhere else in this guide.

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Last updated: 2008-10-14

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