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Illustrated holiday diary of Mabel Pratt: English tours, 1955

MS. Top. gen. c. 123

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Hardback notebook entitled, 'Looking for Sketches', containing diaries of several solo cycling holidays, camping or staying in lodgings along the way. Watercolour paintings and pen-and-ink sketches are stuck in. Comprises:

  1. (fols. 2-19) 'Spring-time Camp', camping in Ewelme, Oxfordshire (Berrick Salome, Warborough, Roke), 16-21 Apr 1955
  2. (fols. 18v-66) 'Following a Dying Canal', cycling along the Kennet and Avon canal from the outskirts of Reading to Bath (Lower Padworth, Newbury, Hampstead Park, Hungerford, Little Bedwyn, Great Bedwyn, Wilcott, Devizes, Bradford-on-Avon, Lacock and home by train from Swindon), 2-16 Jun 1955
  3. (fols. 67-78) 'Lovely Long Crendon', camping holiday in Buckinghamshire, 8-11 Jul 1955
  4. (fols. 79-112) 'By the Coast of Dorset', cycling holiday, arriving at Dorchester by train (visiting Clifton Hampden, Litton Chesney, Burton Bradstock, Chesil Bank, Abbotsbury, Portersham, Weymouth, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door), 5-15 Sep 1955
  5. (fol. 113) press cutting from The Observer about a petition to prevent the closure of the Kennet and Avon Canal, 9 Oct 1955.


  • Creation: 1955


118 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Top. gen. c. 123

Repository Details

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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom