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Tolkien Marries in Warwick
It was on 22nd March 1916 at St. Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church that John Ronald Reuel Tolkien married Edith Mary Bratt. Edith had converted to Catholicism in order to ...
Moultrie, Hayman and Rhoades: Part Two
(Continued from part one) The disagreement between Rhoades and Moultrie came out of the blue on Christmas morning 1872 when the rector wrote a peremptory note to his curate: Dear Rhoades, I ...
Moultrie, Hayman and Rhoades: Part One
John Moultrie is probably Rugby’s most gifted and prolific 19th century poet, though now rarely read and to most not even a vaguely remembered name. He was an upholder of ...
Talk of the (Stratford) Town
It’s 1616. Shakespeare has died – and he’s coming home to be mourned. Now, as ever, you can’t take Stratford out of the man. For amongst neighbours, who is Shakespeare ...
Warwickshire Women's Suffrage and George Bernard Shaw
Women’s Suffrage is better known today through images of Emmeline Pankhurst (who had read pamphlets authored by Shaw during her period of imprisonment in 1912), and militant acts such as Emily ...
George Eliot – Her Early Life
Mary Anne Evans1 was born on the 22nd November 1819 at South Farm on the Arbury estate, on the outskirts of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, the third of five children of parents ...
Rupert Brooke’s father William was a teacher at Rugby School who ran his home, 5 Hillmorton Road, as a boarding house for boys from the school. This is where Rupert ...
Jeremy Bentham Visits Warwick Castle: Part One
By the principle of utility is meant that principle which approves or disapproves of every action whatsoever, according to the tendency it appears to have to augment or diminish the ...
Jeremy Bentham Visits Warwick Castle: Part Two
(continued from part one) Bentham’s first recorded visit was in late October 1789, when he intended to stay there for three days. A surviving letter to a member of the Vernon ...
Nathaniel Hawthorne and Lansdowne Circus, Leamington
Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of America’s most celebrated writers, especially famed for The Scarlet Letter of 1850. He stayed in Leamington three times, including Lansdowne Circus in 1857. On his ...
George Eliot - Letter to a Female Friend
It is hard to think of Nuneaton without it being inextricably entwined with George Eliot. Such is the cultural resonance of the great novelist, that a hospital and school are ...
Death in Leamington
For some people, autumn is a rather magical time of year. Colourful trees, drawn days and crisp nights, it presents us with the perfect opportunity to wrap up and contemplate ...
The writer Philip Larkin was born in Coventry on 9th August 1922. He began writing at an early age, and after studying English at Oxford, he became a librarian at ...
Fulke Greville (1554-1628) is one of the most notable Warwickshire figures from the age of Shakespeare. A prolific writer of love sonnets, he also experimented with new literary genres, including ...
How Do You Watch Shakespeare?
The audience cheers and applauds virtually every turn, whistles break out among the crowd as they show their support. Meanwhile, on another night, a firecracker is thrown as the anger ...
Towering over scholarship on Warwickshire’s Past is the figure of William Dugdale, author of the Antiquities of Warwickshire. Born in 1605 in Shustoke, he lived at Blyth Hall in the ...
Sir Thomas Malory, the Man Behind the Arthurian Myth
Think of King Arthur and certain images come to mind; jousting, the Lady of the Lake, the Launcelot, Guinevere, Arthur love triangle to name but three,. Think of places, and ...
Shakespeare’s Daughters and Female Inheritance
Legacy was a major concern for William Shakespeare. Sonnet 55 argues that his verse will outlast contemporary worldly beauty: Not marble, nor the gilded monuments Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme; But ...
Charles Dickens and Leamington
This document records the visit of Charles Dickens to the Regent Hotel in 1858, as part of a reading tour. There is nothing particularly significant about the entry, Dickens sits ...
Four Ashes, Dorridge: A Writer and a Refugee
In 1939, a farmhouse at Four Ashes in Dorridge was home to a few rather interesting individuals, including John Hampson, the gay/bisexual novelist, and Wolfgang von Einsiedel, a refugee from ...
Family History Around South Farm, Birthplace of George Eliot
Transcription of letter South Farm, Arbury, Nuneaton We lived there from 1922-1924. Owned by the Newdigate family who lived at Arbury Hall. He was governor of the Bahamas for 2 years while ...
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