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Peppiatt, Hugh (1 of 12) National Life Stories: City Lives

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    City Lives

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    Freshfields, London

  • Interviewees

    Peppiatt, Hugh, 1930-, (speaker, male)

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    Slinn, Judy, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 1 (tape 1 Side A): Family background - HP born in 1930, one brother 3 years younger than him.His father was a solicitor, working when HP was born for British American Tobacco but when HP was about 5 he joined Freshfields - less travelling. Father, Leslie Peppiatt was one of 3 brothers,sons of a senior clerk on the Southern Railway and a very ambitious mother. One of the three, Will, was killed in World War 1, Leslie and Kenneth fought together in the war and were always very close. Kenneth became Chief Cashier of the Bank of England. he had 3 children, 2 boys and a girl and both brothers were ambitious for their children - sent all four boys to Winchester and HP's two cousins both went into the City. Education - HP went to prep school in Worcester where he was not happy - a good deal of bullying. He then spent four very happy years (1944-48) at Winchester. It was a ferment of intellectual activity there then. He got an open scholarship to Trinity College Oxford to read history and befre he went up did his National Service with the Coldstream Guards. At Oxford specialised in American history and then got a Harkness Fellowship to study in the USA. He spent more than a year in the USA, most of it at Wisconsin, studying and teaching. Was offered academic job at Stanford University but came back to England and decided to stay here. In lieu of anything else went into Freshfields to see what it was like - he liked it and decided to become a solicitor.

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    Interview with Hugh Peppiatt, a senior partner with Freshfields law firm and Chairman, Moorfields Eye Hospital (1991-2000).

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