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Illustrated holiday diary of Mabel Pratt: English tours, 1957

MS. Top. gen. c. 125

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Hardback notebook entitled, 'Fresh air and Freedom' containing descriptions of various cycling holidays, mostly taken alone. Watercolour paintings are stuck into the volume. Fols. 92-117 are blank. Comprises:

  1. (fol. 3) press cutting from The Observer, about the new Mayflower, 16 Jun 1957
  2. (fols. 4v-22) 'Pilgrimage to a Pilgrim Ship, holiday in Brixham, Devon, staying in a youth hostel (by train to Brixham) to see the launch of the new Mayflower, 29 Mar-4 Apr 1957
  3. (fols. 24-31) 'Brief visit to Wootton, Woodstock', camping in Oxfordshire, 28-30 Apr 1957
  4. (fols. 32-44) 'Island Camp on the Windrush', camping at Hardwick, Oxfordshire (visiting Ducklington, Bampton, Curbridge), 29 May-1 Jun 1957
  5. (fols. 43v-54) 'Heat Wave Holiday', camping in Oxfordshire (visiting Eynsham, South Leigh, High Cogges, Stanton Harcout), 1-6 Jul 1957
  6. (fols. 53v-67) 'Canal Days', cycling along the Grand Junction canal in Buckinghamshire, staying in youth hostels and camping (visiting Aylesbury, Ivinghoe, Slapton, Leighton Buzzard, Great Linford, Wolverton), 16-20 Jul 1957
  7. (fols. 66v-81) 'Hostelling with Margaret', cycling holiday with her daughter along the Wye valley (by train to Chipping Sodbury, then visiting Chepstow, Tintern, St Briavels Castle, Welsh Bicknor, Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Ledbury, Malvern, Tewkesbury, Stow-on-the-Wold, Minster Lovell), 19-25 Aug 1957
  8. (fols. 82-91) 'Against the Wind', camping holiday in Chilton, Buckinghamshire, 10-13 Sep 1957.


  • Creation: 1957


117 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Top. gen. c. 125

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