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Letters to Patrick and Joyce Knowles

 Single Item
MS. Eng. c. 6769
Held at the Weston Library

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Letters mainly to Patrick Knowles with some to his wife Joyce, and some to them jointly, with (fols. 30-2) two letters from T.E. Lawrence, to Henrietta Knowles (Patrick's mother), 1931 and to Patrick Knowles, 1934, including letters from:

  1. (fols. 1-29) E.M. Forster, 1935-63, n.d.
  2. (fols. 30-2) T.E. Lawrence, 1931-4
  3. (fols. 33-43) Celandine Kennington, 1954-5
  4. (fols. 44-127) Eric Kennington, c.1935-58, n.d.
  5. (fols. 128-69) A.W. Lawrence, 1935-80, n.d.
  6. (fols. 170-4) Barbara Lawrence, c.1936, n.d.
  7. (fols. 175-259) M.R. Lawrence, 1935-71, n.d.
  8. (fols. 260-94) Sarah Lawrence, c.1949-57, n.d.


  • Creation: 1931-80, n.d.


304 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 6769, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Eng. c. 6769

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13957


Letters to Patrick and Joyce Knowles

Biographical / Historical

Patrick Thomas Knowles (1906-81) known as 'Pat', and his wife Joyce (b 1909) were friends and neighbours of T.E. Lawrence at Clouds Hill. The Knowles family had been aquainted with T.E. Lawrence since 1923, when he had first leased the cottage on Clouds Hill; they lived in a bungalow on the other side of the road. Pat and Joyce were particularly close to Lawrence in the last few years of his life as he prepared for retirement, and met many of his friends who came to stay at Clouds Hill. After T.E. Lawrence's death in May 1935, Pat and Joyce corresponded regularly with members of Lawrence's family and with many of his friends. When Clouds Hill passed into the ownership of the National Trust in 1938, Pat and Joyce became its official caretakers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from John Wilson, 1998, and given by Bodley's American and Canadian Friends.

Existence and Location of Copies

Several letters from this collection have been printed in two publications by Bob Hunt, T.E. Lawrence. A Final and Important Eye-Witness Account by Patrick Knowles (Weymouth, 1992) and The Life and Times of Joyce E. Knowles (Weymouth, 1994).

Letters to Patrick and Joyce Knowles
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom