Location: Peter Street

Raymond Chandler


He was born in Chicago Illinois in 1888 but moved to Britain in 1895 with his Waterford-born mother, Florence Thornton after they were abandoned by his father, an alcoholic civil engineer for an American railway company. Florence’s father was a prominent solicitor in Waterford with offices in Cathedral Square.


The family home was ‘The Grange’, John’s Hill, where young Raymond spent some years and came for summer holidays. In 1900 Chandler attended Dulwick College, London, later working as a civil servant and journalist. In 1912 he returned to America, settling in Los Angeles. He served in the Canadian forces during World War I. Chandler is probably best known as the creator of the fictional private detective Philip Marlowe in a series of novels including The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye. Raymond Chandler died in 1959.