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Record 6625

Reading Experience:

'I am reading a sweet book, "The Farthing Spinster", by Catherine Dodd. Some of the passages about gardens are beautiful. Here are some of the most lovely [...] from the diary of an early 18C lady. I wish my diary could be as beautiful as that. Another of her gardens was of "sweet scents" [...]. "A houseful of books and a garden full of flowers" would be enchanting. In the same book is a delicious description of syllabub, a sweet then in fashion; [...] I love food. I wonder if it is greed or just because I love to see things served well and carefully with their proper etceteras. I think books, food, lovely pictures, good plays and nice clothes are the most interesting things in my life! I suppose the book has made me think of these things.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 14 Jan 1943 and 15 Jan 1943
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: specific address: Casterton School, Kirkby Lonsdale
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:Hilary Spalding
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 4 Sep 1927
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: daughter of manufacturer; later schoolmistress and head of English
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: Mrs Hilary Adams after marriage


Text Being Read:

Author: Catherine Dodd
Title: Farthing Spinster, The
Genre: Autobiog / Diary
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1926
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 6625  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Hilary Spalding
  Title: MS Diary 1943
  Location: private collection of Mrs Hilary Adams
  Call no: n/a
  Page/folio: n/a

Citation: Hilary Spalding, MS Diary 1943 private collection of Mrs Hilary Adams, p. n/a, p. n/a,, accessed: 23 June 2024

Additional comments:



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