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Illustrated holiday diary of Mabel Pratt: English tours, 1952

MS. Top. gen. d. 88

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Hardback note book entitled, 'With Tent and Sketch Book 1952', containing diaries of a number of solo cycling holidays, camping or staying in youth hostels along the way. The pen-and-ink sketches are stuck into the volume. Comprises:

  1. (fols. 1v-28) 'Under the little bridges', taking a route along canal tow-paths on the Oxford canal and the Grand Union canal from Oxford to Braunston and back (via Banbury, Cropredy, Napton Hill, Braunston, Weedon, Badby, Culworth, Astwell Castle, Brackley and Middleton Stoney), 20-30 May 1952
  2. (fols. 29v-55) 'To Sussex-by-the-sea', holiday from Oxford to Sussex (visiting Dorchester, Henley, Bracknell, Guildford, Milford, Witley, Arundel, Steyning, Bramber, Clayton, Pyecombe, Ditchling, West Grinstead, Farnham, Newbury, Reading), returning by train from Reading, 5-18 Jun 1952
  3. (fols. 55v-76) 'O'er the downs so free', a holiday along the Ridgeway through Berkshire and Wiltshire (Oxford, Uffington Horse, Wayland Smith's cave, Barbury Castle, Marlborough, West Kennett, Devizes, Inkpen Beacon, Chilton Foliat, Lambourn), 15-22 Jul 1952
  4. (fols. 75v-104) 'A corner of the Cotswolds', a holiday in the Cotswolds (Begbroke, Long Hanborough, Charlbury, Swinbrook, Burford, Fulbrook, Minster Lovell), 20-29 Aug 1952
  5. (fols. 103v-116r) 'A few Autumn days', short trip to the Cotswolds (Woodstock, Wootton, Charlbury, Great Tew, Bloxham, Compton Wynyates), with a press cutting relating to Compton Wynyates, 3-7 Sep 1952
  6. (fols. 116v-117v) 'A few thoughts on solo camping', discussing the issues of a woman camping alone, and listing the supplies needed.


  • Creation: 1952


120 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Top. gen. d. 88

Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom