In 1924 a young boy stood outside of 10 Downing Street - the British Prime Minister's residence - to have his photo taken. He was then eight years old. The photo above was published by the Evening Standard newspaper.
In 1964, forty years later, Harold Wilson, the boy in the photo, became Prime Minister himself and fulfilled his dream. He held the Premiership until 1970 and was again at the helm between 1974 and 1976. That's him in the photo below leaving Number 10 - as it is popularly known - for the final time in 1976.
Nowadays 10 Downing Street is well protected and it's impossible to walk past the famous door without authorisation. I remember though, as a child, how it was quite normal to visit Downing Street and stroll along it's length without any problem or suspicion. We are a much more dangerous society in 2011.
Downing Street dates back to 1682 and was built by Sir George Downing as terraced houses for him to sell. They had a peculiar numbering system at the time and the current Number 10 started out life as Number 5, and was not renumbered until 1779.
The present property is much bigger than it actually looks and is made up of two houses joined together: Downing’s terrace house at the front plus a much grander building at the back, overlooking London's Horse Guards Parade.
10 Downing Street was first linked to British Prime Ministers in the 1730s when King George III let the two houses be used by Sir Robert Walpole. He had the title of 'First Lord of the Treasury' but was effectively the first Prime Minister.
Number 11 Downing Street still exists and this is the residence of the British Chancellor of the Exchequer - the bloke who handles all of the UK finances, so he has a problem on his hands at the present time.
But going back to the photos, if you have a young child, who has a particular dream, take his or her photo doing whatever symbolises the dream. You never know, that way it might just come true.
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