Harriet Parr (1828-1900), who wrote under the pseudonym Holme Lee. Although Yorkshire-born, she spent the latter half of her life in Shanklin, Isle of Wight, which appears in some of her works.
Thursday, 29 May 2014
Monday, 26 May 2014
Thursday, 22 May 2014
- Saturday 24 July 1909, page 10: I - Her request / II - A curious resting place.
- Saturday 31 July 1909, page 10: III - Dartmoor.
- Saturday 7 August 1909, page 10: III (Continued) / IV - The factory.
- Saturday 14 August 1909, page 10: V - The typist's office / VI - Arrangements.
- Saturday 21 August 1909, page 10: VI (continued) / VII - A declaration / VIII - The chief butler / IX - Alarm.
- Saturday 28 August 1909, page 10: X - Henry Jackson / XI - His arrival.
- Saturday 4 September 1909, page 10: XII - His conduct / XIII - Sir Thomas Tredale.
- Saturday 11 September 1909, page 10: XIII (Continued) / XIV - An important interview / XV - A gloomy outlook / XVI - Satan's suggestion.
- Saturday 18 September 1909, page 11: XVI - (Continued) / XVII - Flight.
- Saturday 25 September 1909, page 9: XVIII - Danger / XIX - Search / XX - The terror that walked by night.
- Saturday 2 October 1909, page 9: XXI - A cat's paw / XXII - A lonely bride / XXIII - The wedding.
- Saturday 9 October 1909, page 11: XXIV - Her honeymoon / XXV - Escape or capture / XXVI - His escape / XXVII - Explanation / XXVIII - Awaiting the trial.
- Saturday 16 October 1909, page 11: XXIX - The trial / XXX - The verdict / XXXI - Ronald's fate.
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Monday, 19 May 2014
Sunday, 18 May 2014
Saturday, 17 May 2014
Thursday, 15 May 2014
Dunscombe: Spring is in the air). But I took myself out yesterday for a better look: a half-day excursion taking in some of the nicer woodland and coastal scenery of East Devon.
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
An out-take from The Dread Wrecker Featherstone: Lady Rosalind Northcote's 1908 Devon: its Moorlands, Streams & Coasts, an illustrated account of the landscape and history of Devon. It has extremely pleasant colour plates, from watercolours by Frederick John Widgery, who specialised in coastal art of Devon and Cornwall. The scenes range over the whole of Devon, but here I've selected a local sample from East Devon round to Torbay.
I can't remember the precise date on this, but I visited Dawlish Museum some time mid-summer 2014, and a very good town museum it is.
With 11 rooms over 3 floors, the museum is most famous for its display of Piper Bill Millins D-Day bagpipes. The displays in Dawlish Museum are regularly updated and depict life past and present in the town and notably tell the story of the February storm of 2014 which severely damaged the railway line. A vast archive of 100's of rare historical photographs can be seen in both album form or on the new library P.C.As may be well-known by now, the celebrated bagpiper and soldier William "Bill" Millin - the personal piper to Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat, commander of 1 Special Service Brigade at D-Day - retired to Dawlish in 1988, and his bagpipes and an associated display form a central part of Dawlish Museum.
Children as well as adults are well catered for and there are many fun activities just for them such as the dressing up outfits and the Black Swan Trail. The Museum is entirely run by volunteers, is self funding and recently proudly gained official accreditation.
Dawlish Museum's collections of topographic material, such as old photographs and postcards, are excellent. Although the Museum has a no-photo policy, I had a very useful discussion with Andrew Wright, one of the Museum volunteers, about the use of a virtually uncredited postcard image of the "Clerk" a.k.a. Shag Rock for a debunking pamphlet. (I'm now confident that the "Parson and Clerk" legend has no precursor or basis in folklore, but comes entirely from a very literary anonymous short story in the 1848 anthology Legends of Devon - one of a series of which a Notes & Queries correspondent described as: "each and all original whims of the moment, and not reproductions of popular legends").
Monday, 12 May 2014
Isle of Wight County Press feature on A Wren-like Note: a correspondent has sent me a clear identification of the original for the wronged coachman's daughter Alma Lee, a central character in Maxwell Gray's 1886 The Silence of Dean Maitland.
Sunday, 11 May 2014
Saturday, 10 May 2014
Ropes of sand: a Teignmouth penance, Angela Williams of Literary Places kindly sent me another local-ish example of someone condemned to posthumous torment weaving sand ropes on the beach, this time commemorated through a poem.