When Alfred Hitchcock was five, his father sent him to a police station with a note. The policeman read the note and locked him in jail for few minutes, saying “this is what we do to naughty boys”. This experience left him with lifelong fear of policemen.
William Hitchcock, probably with his first son, William, outside the family shop in London, c. 1900; the sign above the store says “W. Hitchcock”. The Hitchcocks used the pony to deliver groceries.
Hitchcock was born on 13 August 1899 in the flat above his parents’ leased grocer’s shop at 517 High Road, Leytonstone, on the outskirts of east London (then part of Essex), the youngest of three children: William Daniel (1890–1943), Ellen Kathleen (“Nellie”) (1892–1979), and Alfred Joseph (1899-1980). His parents, Emma Jane Hitchcock, née Whelan (1863–1942), and William Edgar Hitchcock (1862–1914), were both Roman Catholics, with partial roots in Ireland; William was a greengrocer as his father had been.
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