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Illustrated holiday diary of Mabel Pratt: English tours, 1950

MS. Top. gen. d. 84

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This lined hardback notebook contains descriptions of several holidays. Pen-and-ink sketches are drawn in the book and photographs, press cuttings and other printed ephemera are stuck in. Comprises:

  1. (fols. 6v-19) 'Spring-time in Essex', a cycling holiday in Essex, staying in youth hostels, Apr 1950
  2. (fols. 20-59r) 'West Country June', solo cycling holiday from Oxford to Devon and Cornwall, Jun-Jul 1950
  3. (fols. 59v-64) 'A short look at the Cotswolds', three day cycling holiday, Aug 1950
  4. (fols. 65-67r) 'At Chingford', Essex, Sep 1950
  5. (fols. 67v-78r) 'Autumn days with Roger' cycling holiday with her son, heading north and then west from Oxford, staying in youth hostels (Banbury, Ledbury, Welsh Bicknor, St. Briavels, Chepstow, Ashton Keynes, South Cerney), Oct 1950
  6. (fols. 78v-79) 'Sketching for A.T.W.' a tribute to her father, Arthur Talbot Wreford, who died 17 July 1950
  7. (fols. 80-96) press cuttings and notes on various youth hostels
  8. (fols. 96v-98) list of essential items for youth hostelling and camping
  9. (fols. 100-101) two photographs of Mabel with her bike and her tent.


  • Creation: 1950


102 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Top. gen. d. 84

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom