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Material related to The Lady in the Van , 1972-1990

MS. Bennett 160

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Material here relates to the real life lady in the van, Mary Teresa Shepherd aka Margaret Fairchild, including articles written about her by Alan Bennett, notes from her, copies of her pamphlets, letters and papers relating to her estate and personal identification documents.
  1. (fols. 1-161) Bundle of notes and letters written by Miss Shepherd to Alan Bennett and others, a few dated 1972-1989, mainly n.d..
  2. (fols. 162-319) Pamphlets on political and religious ideas, titled True View written by Miss Shepherd, from 1970s and 1980s.
  3. (fols. 320-363) Letters and personal papers relating to Miss Shepherd, her funeral and estate, dated 1985-1990. Includes three photographs of Miss Shepherd and her van.
  4. (fols. 364-417) Articles written by Alan Bennett about Miss Shepherd, in The Correspondent magazine from 12 Nov. 1989 and The London Review of Books from 26 Oct. 1989 and 11 Jan. 1990. Plus fax from Harper's magazine with proof copy of article, dated 30 Jan. 1990.


  • 1972-1990


417 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Bennett 160

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom