Philip Larkin lived with his parents at 73 Coten End, Warwick during the 1940s. In 1943 he was working in a dull job which he hated at the Fuel Office in Jury Street (now Pageant House). The town was his formative writing place, where he could leave behind his Oxford days and create his early mature work. We know that friends such as Kingsley Amis visited him in Warwick. In the garden at the Coten End house still stands a plum tree: within a few days of Sydney Larkinís funeral in 1948 Philip elegised his father, an inveterate jam maker, in An April Sunday Brings the Snow, which mentions the plum and its blossom.
72 Coten End