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Illustrated holiday diary of Mabel Pratt: England and Wales, 1959

MS. Top. gen. c. 127

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Hardback notebook entitled, 'This Golden Summer 1959' containing written journals of various holidays accompanied by watercolours and pen-and-ink sketches of old buildings, architectural features and landscapes. Fols. 133-142 are blank. Comprises:

  1. (fols. 5-23) 'Flat Country', solo cycling and youth-hostelling trip to Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, taking the train from Oxford to Cambridge, with drawings of Houghton, St. Ives, Hemingford Abbots, Hemingford Grey, Cambridge and Grantchester, 5-12 May 1959
  2. (fols. 24-53) 'Within Five Miles of Home', solo cycling and camping trip to Toot Baldon, Oxfordshire, with drawings of Toot Baldon, Marsh Baldon, Stadhmpton, Chiselhampton and Horspath, 3-11 Jun 1959
  3. (fols. 54-79) 'Aloat and Aground with Angela', canal boat holiday with friends on 'the Cheshire Ring', covering parts of Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire, with drawings of Nantwich, Audlem, Coxbank, Market Drayton, Church Eaton, Autherley junction, Tixhall Park and Great Haywood junction, 27 Jun-5 Jul 1959
  4. (fols. 78v-94) 'Two Pairs of Wheels in mid-Wales', cycling and youth-hostelling trip with her daughter, Margaret, taking the train from Oxford to Shrewsbury, with drawings of Minsterley (Shropshire), the river Wye, Builth and Crickhowell, 11-17 Aug 1959
  5. (fols. 95-105) 'With the August Moon', solo cycling and camping trip to East Habgourne, Berkshire, with drawings of East Hagbourne, 18-21 Aug 1959
  6. (fols. 106-119) 'Let's do it again', solo cycling and camping trip to Blewbury, Berkshire, with drawings of Blewbury, 27-31 Aug 1959
  7. (fols. 120-132) 'Late Summer Camp', solo cycling and camping trip to Garsington, Oxfordshire, with drawings of Garsington, 12-15 Sep 1959.


  • Creation: 1959


142 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Top. gen. c. 127

Repository Details

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