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Illustrated holiday diary of Mabel Pratt: English tours, 1951

MS. Top. gen. d. 86

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This lined hardback notebook contains descriptions of several holidays. Pen-and-ink sketches and watercolours are stuck in. Comprises:

  1. (fols. 1-34) 'To Dorset in Spring', a solo cycling holiday from Oxford to Dorset, staying in youth hostels with descriptions of Wantage, Marlborough, Avebury, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Milton Abbas, Dorchester, Maiden Castle, Litton Cheney, Abbotsbury, Bridport, Lyme Regis, Swanage, Wareham, Corfe Castle, Bournemouth, Beaulieu, Winchester and Newbury, Apr-May 1951
  2. (fols. 34v-58v) 'To be a Pilgrim', a solo cycling holiday following the ancient Pilgrim's Way from Winchester to Canterbury, staying in youth hostels en route, May-Jun 1951
  3. (fols. 59-76r) 'Green pastures and still waters', a camping holiday on the river Thames, travelling by punt upstream from Oxford to Newbridge, Aug 1951
  4. (fols. 76v-91r) 'With a youthful companion', cycling holiday in the Cotswolds with her friend Diana Rose (aged 12), staying in youth hostels, Sep 1951
  5. (fols. 91v-116) 'Autumn visit to Kent', solo cycling trip from Oxford to Kent, staying in youth hostels en route and with friends in Kent, Oct-Nov 1951.


  • Creation: 1951


116 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Top. gen. d. 86

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom