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Three letters from Penelope Betjeman to Margaret Irving

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MS. Eng. c. 8256
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Three letters from Penelope Betjeman to Margaret Irving, 1964, with papers relating to both women. Comprises:

  1. (fols. 1-9) Penelope Betjeman letters sent from Poona and Simla, 1964, with later transcripts
  2. (fols. 10-13) typescript ‘Reminiscences of the Hon. Penelope Chetwode, Lady Betjeman’ by Alastair M.T. Maxwell-Irving, nephew of Margaret Irving, the owner of King Alfred’s Kitchen, Wantage
  3. (fols. 14-20) photographs, scanned and photoshopped in 2007 of King Alfred’s Kitchen and Penelope Betjeman, Wantage Trade Fair, 1965; 'Penelope Betjeman’s border terrier, Ben, 1965; ‘Penelope Betjeman’s Arab Horse’, the Mead, Wantage, 1965; Thomas More tankard, n.d.
  4. (fols 21-6) photographic facsimiles of the three original Betjeman letters, fols. 1, 4, and 7 above.


  • Creation: 1964-2007


26 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Eng. c. 8256

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11676


Three letters from Penelope Betjeman to Margaret Irving

Biographical / Historical

Lady Penelope Betjeman (née Chetwode) (1910-1986) was an author who grew up in Northern India.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Alastair M.T. Maxwell-Irving, 2007

Three letters from Penelope Betjeman to Margaret Irving
Finding aid prepared by Original catalogue by Judith Priestman. EAD version by Rachael Gardner
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom