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Record 28173

Reading Experience:

'The subject of the evening "Gardens" was then taken. Geo Burrow reminded us that the world began in the garden of Eden. Miss Bowman-Smith played Debussy's "Garden Under the Rain" Miss D. Brain gave us an essay on Hampton Court gardens & their history. F.E. Pollard a song Summer Afternoon Rosamund Wallis read from Sir Wm Temple on Gardens Mrs F. E. Pollard read Michael Drayton's Daffodil Alfred Rawlings charmed us by showing a series of his Water Colour drawings "Gardens I have Known" Mrs Robson sang two songs June Rapture & Unfolding After supper Mrs Stansfield read a paper by Mr Stansfield who was prevented by a severe cold from being present on Gardening in which he showed how Gardening is one of the fine Arts in fact the noblest of the plastic Arts F. E. Pollard sang Andrew Marvell's "Thoughts in a Garden" Mrs Burrow read Walter de la Mare's Sunken Garden Mrs Stansfield read from The Story of my Ruin and in a concluding reading Geo Burrow brought our minds back to the Garden of Eden'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 15 Jun 1927
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Reading
specific address: 'Broomfield'
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Rosamund Wallis
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: n/a
Religion: Quaker or associated with the Friends
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Members of XII Book Club
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Temple
Title: [on gardens]
Genre: Agriculture / horticulture / husbandry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: reading group


Source Information:

Record ID: 28173  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Howard R. Smith
  Title: XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 2 (1915-31)
  Location: private collection
  Call no: n/a
  Page/folio: 167-8

Citation: Howard R. Smith, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 2 (1915-31)  private collection, p. n/a, p. 167-8,, accessed: 22 April 2024

Additional comments:

Material by kind permission of the XII Book Club. For further information and permission to quote this source, contact the Reading Experience Database (



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