Hugh Lofting, born here in 1886, was the creator of Dr. Dolittle, a favorite character in children's fiction.

Lofting spent most of his adult life in the United States, except for service with the British Army in World War I. While overseas, he wrote fantasy stories about Dr. Dolittle and his animal friends in letters home to his children. These appeared in book form in 1920 and were the first of a popular series.Lofting, who also traveled widely as a civil engineer, died in Los Angeles in 1947.