An older gentleman was On the operating table Awaiting surgery And he insisted that his son, A renowned surgeon, Perform the operation. As he was about to get the anesthesia, He asked to speak to his son 'Yes, Dad, what is it? ' 'Don't be nervous, son; Do your best And just remember, If it doesn't go well, If something happens to me, Your mother Is going to come and Live with you and your wife....' ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (I LOVE IT!)
Aging: Eventually you will reach a point When you stop lying about your age And start bragging about it. This is so true. I love to hear them say "you don't look that old." ---------------------------------
The older we get, The fewer things Seem worth waiting in line for. ---------------------------------
Some people Try to turn back their odometers. Not me! I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way And some of the roads weren't paved. ********************
When you are dissatisfied And would like to go back to youth, Think of Algebra. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
You know you are getting old when Everything either dries up or leaks. -------------------------------
One of the many things No one tells you about aging Is that it is such a nice change From being young. Ah, being young is beautiful, But being old is comfortable. First you forget names, Then you forget faces. Then you forget to pull up your zipper. It's worse when You forget to pull it down. ---------------------------------
Two guys one old one young Are pushing their carts around Wal-Mart When they collide. The old guy says to the young guy, 'Sorry about that. I'm looking for my wife, And I guess I wasn't paying attention To where I was going. The young guy says, 'That's OK, it's a coincidence. I'm looking for my wife, too...' I can't find her and I'm getting a little desperate' The old guy says, 'Well, Maybe I can help you find her.. What does she look like?' ' The young guy says, 'Well, she is 27 yrs old, tall, With red hair, Blue eyes, is buxom wearing no bra, Long legs, And is wearing short shorts. What does your wife look like?' To which the first old guy says, 'Doesn't matter, --- let's look for yours.' (ADORABLE) *********************
(And this final one especially for me,) Lord, Keep Your arm around my shoulder, And, Your hand over my mouth!
Police appeal for sightings of missing Australian woman
Submitted: 30/10/2011 16:48:35
Surrey Police is growing concerned for the welfare of an Australian national who has been reported missing while visiting family in Weybridge.
Gail Chandler, 34, is described as a white woman, of medium build, with long dyed blonde hair. She was last seen near St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey at 1am this morning (Sunday, 30 October) when she was wearing a green long sleeved top, three quarter length black leggings and white trainers and was carrying a red and white bag.
She also uses her maiden name Gail Oliver.
Surrey Police are working with Surrey Search and Rescue to try
and locate Ms Chandler and are appealing to anyone who sees a
woman matching her description to call the police immediately.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to call
Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference M/11/1082.
sent in by a DropBy
As the old adage goes, you’re as young as you feel! And nothing brings back happy memories better than music, so we’ve picked out some of the top artists and bands whose melodies will take you back to a bygone era- and best of all, many of them are playing live shows over the coming months meaning you can don your glad rags and hit that dance floor like you did in past years…
If you hanker after the big band sounds of the 40s then keep an eye out for Dutch songstress Caro Emerald. She’s trained in jazz and her debut album, titled Deleted Scenes From the Cutting Room Floor is making waves in the charts. She claims her inspiration comes from films and music from the 40s and 50s and her sound will certainly take you back to your local dancehall! This December she’ll be playing a show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, so book some concert tickets and treat yourself to an early Christmas present!
The Rock and Roll king of the 50s is without a doubt Mr Elvis Presley, and though he’s been dead for 32 years you can still see the man in concert! A selection of Elvis’ original musicians will take to the stage, fronted by live concert footage of Elvis, for a series of performances in March 2012. If you spent the 50s watching the likes of Love Me Tender and Jailhouse Rock and jitterbugging to Elvis’ hits, you’re bound to love it.
If that’s not your thing, you might be interested in German three-piece The Baseballs, who have proved to be very popular all over the continent, with their rockabilly takes on songs by modern artists including Robbie Williams, Leona Lewis and the Scissor Sisters. The Baseballs are currently touring in Europe but get your hands on their album and enjoy the tunes!
The 60s; the era which undoubtedly saw the birth of pop music and Beatlemania! If you spent many a night dancing at the Cavern Club, there’s no better act to take you back than the Bootleg Beatles. This tribute band is the most long running and successful, with the four-piece having done more than 4000 performances worldwide! This December, they’ll be touring the UK, visiting cities from Brighton to Glasgow and, of course, Liverpool.
If Motown was more your thing, look out for tickets for the Four Tops who will be touring with the Temptations next March. Or, if you like a bit more variety, see the Magic of Motown show which will see a range of singers belting out tunes from the Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and much more!
Rock lost its roll and guitars became iconic in the 70s! Some of the greats are still about and touring which is good news if you’re looking to take a trip down memory lane. Status Quo are Rockin’ All Over The UK this December, with shows from Plymouth to Newcastle and beyond. Rick and company have more UK chart hits than any other rock group in history so you’re bound to know the words to a good few songs.
You might have missed the Pink Floyd shows which saw another 70s favourite reunite earlier this year, however tribute act Brit Floyd are well reputed and certainly put on a show. They’re playing at venues including the Royal Albert Hall in May 2012 so grab some tickets while you can!
Music during the 80s was certainly diverse and there are still plenty of opportunities to see your favourites! If your teenage bedroom walls were covered in pictures of Sir Cliff Richard, head to one of several venues around the country this month for his Soulicious tour- you’ll have the added treat of seeing a surprise soul legend duetting with Cliff on-stage too!
If flares were more your scene, get your hands on tickets for the Abba Show. This production has toured worldwide, entertaining scores of fans. It claims to be the most authentic ABBA show and it’s rumoured that original band members Ulf Andersson and Mats Ronander could make an appearance.
Alternatively, for fans of the new romantic scene, Adam Ant’s comeback tour kicks off in November and will see the Prince Charming of the 80s perform all over the UK.
Those preferring the moodier sounds of the 80s will be delighted to see The Cure revisiting their seminal first three albums with a special, one-off retrospective show at the Royal Albert Hall.
Tickets for all shows mentioned are available at www.GetMeIn.com
Jack Phillips and the Titanic
At Godalming Museum Library you can study a wide range of publications on the Titanic, including a facsimile of the 972 page report of the formal investigation of the sinking in 1912. Ellis Martin's portrait of Jack Phillips, commissioned by Godalming Grammar School after the tragedy, is on display in the local history galleries. The library collection includes images of, and information about, the Phillips Memorial in Godalming, which was designed by Hugh Thackeray Turner, with the gardens laid out by Gertrude Jekyll.
John George (Jack) Phillips, 1887 - 1912
Early life and career
Jack Phillips was born in Godalming, Surrey, at 11 Farncombe Street, on 11 April 1887. As a young boy Jack sang in the choir at the Parish Church of St John the Evangelist, where there is a brass memorial plaque. He attended the school next to the church and later was educated at the Godalming Grammar School, now the public bar of the Red Lion Inn. On leaving he worked at the local Post Office (now the HSBC Bank), as a telegraphist, where he learned his Morse code.
In 1906 Jack joined the Marconi training school at Liverpool and, on completion of the course, headed the list of successful candidates in the Postmaster General examinations.
Jack was considered a serious man who stood high in the confidence of his superiors in the Marconi Marine Company. He progressed steadily to the top of his chosen profession and served on the ocean-going liners Teutonic, Lusitania, Mauritania, Campania, Oceanic, Corsican, Canada, Victoria, Danube, Pretorian and Adriatic. He spent three years at Clifden, a Marconi high-powered transmitting station on the West coast of Ireland.
Jack was appointed Chief Wireless Telegraphist on the new, "unsinkable" luxury RMS Titanic, with Harold Bride as his junior operator. The wireless equipment on board was the most modern and most powerful of any merchant ship then afloat. It had a range of 250-400 miles in daytime and at night, when conditions for transmitting and receiving were more favourable, it occasionally spanned 2,000 miles. It is recorded that Jack had confided in a friend that while he was proud to be chosen to serve on the Titanic he would have preferred a smaller vessel. Jack expressed a dread of icebergs.
In the 24 hours preceding the fateful collision with an iceberg on the 14 April 1912, the two wireless operators had been busy repairing a fault in the transmitter. As a consequence, Jack had very little sleep before commencing his watch from 8.00pm to 2.00am. It was in the hours preceding the collision that the liner achieved its highest speed of 22.5 knots. Thus, on impact, the iceberg inflicted considerable damage to many of the watertight compartments, causing it to sink at the bow.
Jack was sending personal messages from the passengers to America - this was his job with Marconi - when he was first instructed by the captain to advise other vessels in the area of the collision with the berg. Due to the much publicised and widely believed claim that the Titanic was an unsinkable ship, almost all on board carried on as before and other ships receiving this message did not immediately prepare to head for the given position of the stricken liner. However it was soon realized that the Titanic was sinking and Jack was instructed by Captain Edward Smith to send out SOS messages requesting immediate assistance from all vessels in the area.
From this time onwards Jack stayed at his post, sending out the distress calls, advising on the latest position of the Titanic, urging and convincing other ships to assist in the rescue of those taking to the boats. Jack stayed at the transmitter while Harold Bride put a lifejacket on him after the captain gave the instruction, "Every man for himself" and had personally thanked the two wireless operators for their perseverance. Bride was sent off by Phillips to save himself, while Jack continued transmitting. It was as a consequence of his total devotion to duty that Jack Phillips lost his life and has since become widely admired. It was this bravery and persistence which reduced the magnitude of the disaster in respect of lives lost. Jack's last message was picked up at 2.17am and the ship foundered at 2.20am.
The Phillips Memorial
The Phillips Memorial in Godalming, a garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll, with a magnificent brick cloister 80 feet square designed by Hugh Thackeray Turner, was laid out, built and opened exactly two years to the day after the sinking. The memorial is situated between the River Wey and Godalming Parish Church. Within the cloister, the Wireless and Telegraph Company commissioned and had erected a memorial stone tablet to the perpetual honour of this brave man, who died four days after his 25th birthday, leaving behind a lasting example of putting lives of others before one's own.
For the 90th anniversary of the loss of the
Titanic, in April 2002, Godalming Town Council
refurbished the Phillips family grave of Jack's father, George,
and his mother, Ann, and twin sisters, Elsie and Ethel, in the
Old Cemetery, Nightingale Road. In the centre of a six foot
square curb all in white marble, is an obelisk in the shape of
an iceberg, a fitting memorial to Godalming hero Jack
In 2011 the Phillips Memorial is being renovated again so that it looks perfect for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in 2012.
© Trustees of Godalming Museum 2010
Godalming Museum Local Studies Library - John Young
James Edward Oglethorpe and Georgia
At Godalming Museum Library you can study a wide range of publications on James Edward Oglethorpe and on the early years of Georgia. The ephemera, photographs, prints and drawings collections include items relating to the General and to Westbrook and its subsequent life as the Meath Home. The following article gives an overview of the life of General Oglethorpe and more information about items relating to him in the collections.
James Edward Oglethorpe and Westbrook Place, Godalming
The Manor of Westbrook
In July 1688, Sir Theophilus Oglethorpe purchased the Manors of Westbroke and Binscombe, and the house known as Westbroke Place.
James Edward Oglethorpe born 1696
Theophilus had returned to Godalming and, in the late autumn of 1696, took the oath of loyalty to William III. The year was also marked for Theophilus and Eleanor, by the birth of James Edward Oglethorpe, their tenth and last child, on December 22nd 1696. He was born in London, and christened the following day at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields Church by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Oglethorpe as the soldier
He had been enrolled into Queen Anne's 1st Regiment of Foot Guards when only 10 years, but this was mainly a ceremonial regiment. Oglethorpe had some education at Eton and in 1714 entered Corpus Christi. He entered the military academy at Lompres, near Paris, and in 1716 war between the Turks and Austrians gave him the chance to enroll with the Austrian Imperial army under Prince Eugene of Savoy. As a young man he served in Germany and Hungary under Prince Eugene, to whom he was secretary and aide-de-camp. He fought in 1716 at the battle of Petrovardin, and in the siege of Timisora. In 1717 he fought the Turks at the battle of Belgrade.
This painting of Oglethorpe as an aide-de-camp hangs in Solomon's Lodge, the Masonic Lodge in Savannah that Oglethorpe was to be a founding member.
Picture courtesy Ed Jackson University of Georgia
Oglethorpe inherits Westbrook Place and Manors of Westbrook and Binscombe
In 1718, as the sole remaining son, Oglethorpe came into his inheritance at Westbrook, at the age of 22. His five brothers had all died, three in infancy. His four sisters were all still alive.
Oglethorpe as an MP, prison reformer, and philanthropist
At the age of 25, in 1722, he became in his turn a candidate for Parliament, and was elected Member of Parliament for Haslemere, following his father, and two brothers. He continued to serve being successful in the elections in 1727, 1734, 1741 and 1747 but lost is seat in 1754.
As a Member of Parliament, Ogelthorpe campaigned for prison reform. He gathered together a band of like-minded Parliamentarians, and pressed for the formation of a special committee to draw up suitable legislation - the committee was formed and Oglethorpe became its Chairman in 1729 - to enquire into the state of the British prisons. The group held many meetings most of which took place at Westbrook, and the house became noted for social and political gatherings. A measure was duly introduced into Parliament, which resulted in an improvement in prison conditions, the release of many short-time debtors and the removal of some of the worst warders and overseers.
Oglethorpe as a horticulturalist
Oglethorpe built a massive wall up the terraced hill on his property and planted a great vineyard along it. The warm spell of weather in 1730 coincided with the installation of the vineyard at Westbrook, and it is on record that the vineyard flourished for some years, yielding a plentiful supply of grapes, sufficient for wine-making. A visit by Dr Richard Pococke in November 1754 found at 'General Oglethorpe's there is a vineyard, out of which they make a wine like Rhenish'.
Oglethorpe conceives the idea of a colony in America
Oglethorpe conceived the idea of founding a thirteenth British colony in America, and as a home for poverty-stricken Britons and European refugees, and a place of religious tolerance. It was a philanthropic move but also it was seen as a military tactic to protect the established colonies of New Bern and Charleston (now North and South Carolina). Oglethorpe formed the Georgia Society in 1730. Members petitioned 'that the cities of London, Westminster, and parts adjacent, do abound with great numbers of indigent persons, who are reduced to such necessity as to become burthensome to the public, and who could be willing to seek a livelihood in any part of his majesty's plantations in America, if they were provided with passage, and means of settling there'.
The official charter to establish the colony was signed on the 21 April 1732 by King George II to 'the Trustees for establishing the Colony of Georgia in America'.
Oglethorpe may have ascertained that the mulberry tree flourished in the area where he contemplated setting up the new colony, and so he trained many of his prospective settlers in the care of the silkworm the winding preparation and use of the silken etc. For this purpose he brought over a number of experts from Italy to train his workers. He also had experience of growing vines at Westbrook Place and Godalming already had a thriving woollen industry on which the prosperity of the town depended. He chose his settlers wisely including all trades and professions to establish a working colony of people.
The first 115 settlers sailed with Oglethorpe in 1732, on the 17th November, from Gravesend in the ship 'Ann'. The families consisted of the mid-age range 30-50 with husband and a wife and with 1-4 children. A full list of the settlers, their names, ages, families, trades and professions can be seen at http://www.ourgeorgiahistory.com/lists/ under Georgia Settlers.
The First Journey
It took them two months to reach Charleston, South Carolina, on the 13th January 1733. Oglethorpe scouted ahead for a suitable location for a settlement and found Yamacraw Bluffs on the Savannah River in Georgia. He returned for the colonists and they reached the site on the 12th February 1733 (new style), and set about laying out a rectangular plan for their town of Savannah in the new colony of Georgia. In the summer of 1733 more colonists arrived, including Moravians in 1735. As well as enlisting fresh settlers for the new colony Oglethorpe returned to England in May 1734 to raise further funds for extending his work in Georgia.
Oglethorpe and Chief Tomochichi
Oglethorpe had befriended the Native Americans, and tried to understand and respect their customs. He developed a good relationship with the Mico, or Chief, Tomochichi, who was 16 years older.
Picture © Copyright: The Trustees of the British Museum
When Oglethorpe returned to London he brought back with him ten Native Americans, members of the Yamacraw tribe - an outlawed tribe of the Creeks, - including the Yamacraw Chief, and his friend, Tomochichi, his wife, Scanauki, and his nephew and heir, Toonahowi.
They were taken to Whitehall and Eton, and many other places where they caused quite a stir. Unfortunately during their stay in London one of the Americans, Stimalchi, contracted smallpox. Oglethorpe's friend, Sir Hans Sloane, physician, came to minister to him but he died. He was buried in the graveyard of St John the Evangelist Church in Smith Square, Westminster. The Native Americans 'went to Mr Oglethorpe's in Surrey to dissipate their sorrow', and isolated themselves at Westbrook. Oglethorpe had them to stay at Westbrook for about four months. On one occasion, Oglethorpe caused a sensation in Godalming, by bringing his guests to dine at the White Hart Inn.
This postcard shows what the inn may have looked in c.1895. It has "Old White Hart 1640" written at the bottom, but an earlier inn "The Antelope" stood here from c.1570.
In 2006 it is no longer an inn.
Oglethorpe and the Wesley Brothers
Oglethorpe knew Rev. Samuel Wesley, and his son, Samuel, junior, the poet, who had been his friends. When Oglethorpe approached his old college, Corpus Christie, Oxford, for help finding a suitable minister for Georgia, three men, part of the Holy Club, were selected -Samuel's two brothers, Charles and John Wesley, and Benjamin Ingham.
The Next Two Trips
In October 1735, Oglethorpe left for Georgia for a second time in the 'Simmonds', with the Wesley brothers and Ingham. Charles Wesley became Oglethorpe's Secretary for Indian Affairs at Fredrica but left in July 1736 to return to England. John Wesley stayed on to found an orphanage, and became chaplain at Savannah but left in December 1737 to return to England, where he founded the Methodist Movement.
Oglethorpe captured St Augustine from the Spanish, and founded Augusta on the Savannah side, and Frederica Fort on St Simon's island. In November 1736, after one year, Oglethorpe returned to London to raise funds for the colony.
In 1737 he was given a commission as General and Commander-in Chief for his Majesty's provinces in South Carolina and Georgia. He returned for the third time in July 1738 with a volunteer muster of 600 soldiers. In 1739 war with Spain broke out.
Oglethorpe and 'Jekyll Island'
In 1742 Oglethorpe defeated the Spanish who occupied the islands of Guale, at the Battle of Bloody Marsh on St Simon's Island. His victory ensured that the Spanish were no longer a threat to Georgia and the British colonies. In 1743 Oglethorpe was promoted to Brigadier General (previously the title of General had been honorary).
He was responsible for the first English resident on the island of Ospo and changed the name to Jekyll Island. One of Oglethorpe's friends, Sir Joseph Jekyll, Master of the Rolls (1662-1738) had donated £500 towards the settlement and Oglethorpe commemorated this gift by naming the coastal island after him. Joseph Jekyll was related to Gertrude Jekyll, the well-known gardener, who lived in Godalming.
Oglethorpe finally leaves Georgia
James Oglethorpe finally left Georgia on 23rd July 1743, returning to England to face various charges laid against him by disaffected colonists and others; he cleared himself of much of the calumny attached to his name and secured at last the repayment of his own monies (some £66,000) which he had used in establishing the colony.
In September 1744, Oglethorpe, at the age of 48, married an heiress, Lady Elizabeth Wright, daughter of Sir Nathan Wright of Cranham Hall in Essex, in Westminster Abbey. They spent their honeymoon at Westbrook, attended by a Chickasaw Indian Chief who had accompanied him to England. In due course the Oglethorpes settled at Elizabeth's home in Essex, and Westbrook saw little more of the Squire.
In October 1744 Oglethorpe signed a deed of counterparts of conveyance of a small piece of land, which was adjoined to a footpath leading from Mill Lane to Godalming Church. This, and an earlier deed of 1734, are on display in the Godalming Museum.
This is a poster made for the 300th anniversary of Oglethorpe's birthday depicting the portrait, which hangs in the Oglethorpe University. The portrait was painted in 1744 and discovered in England and taken to America to hang in the President's Office at Oglethorpe University, Georgia.
Oglethorpe made General
On March 30th, 1745, Oglethorpe was created Major General, to serve under the Duke of Cumberland in the campaign against Bonny Prince Charlie and the Jacobites Oglethorpe's parents and sisters had been Jacobite sympathisers and this may have led to suspicions about his own loyalty. In December 1745 the General was court-martialed for "lingering on the road". A charge of which he was acquitted.
In 1747 he was promoted to Lieutenant General, but his career, as an active soldier was finished. In 1765 he was appointed General, and was the senior general for the whole of the British Army.
This is an engraving of a portrait of General Oglethorpe after a sculpture by Simon Francois Ravenet (who also engraved Hon. Arthur Onslow of Clandon and Sir Joseph Jekyll).
Oglethorpe in Retirement
After his acquittal James retired more and more from public affairs and turned his interest to becoming a patron of the arts. On the 9th November 1749 the Honble. Lieutenant General James Oglethorpe of Lisle Street, London ('a Gentleman well versed in Natural History, Mathematicks and all branches of Polite Literature') was elected a Member of the 'Royal Society' in London. Also on the same date, Philip Carteret Webb Esqr., of Budge Row, London ('being a Gentm. every way qualified to be an useful and valuable member') was elected. Oglethorpe had a country home at Westbrook and Webb had his at Busbridge Hall, they were neighbours.
These two men were to meet again when they contested the Parliamentary seat for Haslemere. Webb along with James More Molyneux stood jointly for the election, building support by the conversion of leaseholds into freeholds, and were elected in April 1754, defeating James Edward Oglethorpe and Peter Burrel. Oglethorpe had held the seat for 32 years since 1722 and had seen seven parliaments.
It was at Oglethorpe's instigation, as one of the trustees and executors of his friend, Sir Hans Sloane, that the Government purchased the Sloane Collection, which became the nucleus of the British Museum.
Oglethorpe passes away in his 89th year
An old cartoon shows the aged General Oglethorpe, aged 88, just before he died. Underneath it is written that he was 102 (sic), said to be the oldest General in Europe, sketched from life at the sale of Dr Johnson's books, 18th February 1785, where he was reading a book he had purchased, without spectacles
General James Oglethorpe died on 3Oth June 1785, in his 89th year. He had lived to a great age with a very fine and full record of service to Westbrook, to the state of Georgia, which he founded, and to his native country. He is buried in the Chancel of All Saints, Cranham, near Upminster, Essex.
After Oglethorpe' Death
On Oglethorpe's death the estate passed to Christopher Hodges, and he sold it in 1790 to Nathaniel Godbold, a physician.
Westbrook Place c.1819
Godalming and Oglethorpe
Godalming Museum Library has books, pamphlets and ephemera about Oglethorpe, which can be used for research. This life size model of General Oglethorpe is sometimes on display in Godalming Museum.
The museum has a set of twelve Wedgwood plates featuring Oglethorpe and Georgia, which were donated to the Museum by Godalming Town Council.
Heraldic roof bosses in the nave of Godalming Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul include the coat of arms of the Oglethorpe family. Bargate stone from the collapsed wall of Oglethorpe's vineyard was donated by the Meath Home for the restoration of the church spire in 1986-88. There are memorials to other members of the Oglethorpe family -Susanna who died in 1736, and Elizabeth who died in 1742, both sisters, daughters of William Oglethorpe, and cousins of Theophilus Oglethorpe, and who came from Northgate Hall in Yorkshire. The State Flag of Georgia, and a plaque celebrating the 250th anniversary of the departure of Oglethorpe to found the state of Georgia, and a chandelier given by Georgia in 1996 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Oglethorpe's birth can also be seen in the church. http://www.godalming.org.uk/Oglethorpe.html
This plaque in Oglethorpe Court marks the 300th anniversary in 1996 of
Friends of Oglethorpe - Is a link formed to foster relationships between the State of Georgia, the cities of Savannah and Augusta in the U.S.A. and Godalming. A delegation from Godalming visited Augusta in 2003 for the dedication of this monument of Oglethorpe.
further information please refer to the
St Peter & St Paul Church www.godalming.org.uk/Oglethorpe.html
The Georgia Historical Society www.georgiahistory.com
Our Georgia History www.ourgeorgiahistory.com/lists
Friends of Oglethorpe www.friendsofoglethorpe.co.uk
University of Georgia www.cviog.uga.edu/search
© Trustees of Godalming Museum 2010
Godalming Museum Local Studies Library - Ann Laver
Gertrude Jekyll 1843-1932
At Godalming Museum Library you can consult a wide range of published works on and by Gertrude Jekyll, as well as her original notebooks and copies of the garden plans in the Reef Point Collection at the University of California.
The Museum Collection includes
paintings, drawings and other work by Gertrude Jekyll, as well as
memorabilia. Many of these items are on display in the Arts and
Crafts Gallery. The Museum Garden is a living exhibit - a copy of
a border designed by Jekyll for a house called Millmead in
Bramley. The following article gives more information about
Gertrude Jekyll and items relating to her in the museum
In 1848, the Jekyll family (Gertrude was the fifth of seven children) came to Bramley where they lived for 20 years. In 1861 Jekyll went to the South Kensington School of Art, studying the writings of Ruskin and the paintings of Turner. She painted her cat, Thomas, at the age of 26.
(Godalming Museum Collection)
Thomas in the Character of 'Puss-in Boots'
She travelled widely always noticing the plants, landscapes and customs, painting in watercolours and oil.
The Sun of Venice Going to Sea
Oil painting by Gertrude Jekyll after Turner, c.1870
(Godalming Museum Collection)
Gertrude Jekyll's circle of friends was wide and influential including John Ruskin, William Morris, G.F.Watts (who came to live at Compton) and Hercules Brabazon Brabazon - a watercolour artist whose experiments with colour profoundly influenced her.
A love of gardens
The family moved to Wargrave, Berkshire, but returned to Surrey to live at Munstead in 1878. Jekyll and her widowed mother moved to a newly built house, and it was here that she found her love of creating gardens. In 1882 her mother gave her some land across the road, which she had bought, and which she hoped would be a home for her daughter after her death.
From her childhood, plants and flowers and their relationship with each other had fascinated Jekyll, as did the lanes, heaths and woods she loved to explore. The Godalming Museum Collection includes examples of her drawings in pencil (Almond Blossom) and pen and ink (The Lesser Trumpet Daffodil), as well as the watercolours illustrated here.
Iris Stylosa, Munstead 1882
watercolour by Gertrude Jekyll
(Godalming Museum Collection)
Besides painting, drawing and sketching Gertrude Jekyll became interested in embroidery, designing for friends.
Tulips, pansies, roses and poppies, watercolours and tracings for embroidery designs, by Gertrude Jekyll (Godalming Museum Collection)
Jekyll learnt the country crafts, mastering thatching, fencing, walling, carpentry and metalworking, and became a designer craftswoman. She made herself proficient in carving, gilding and inlaying; working in silver decoarated by embossing. Witley Church has a paten with a monogram and inscription commissioned from her in 1888 (currently on display in the Museum, as is a picture Jekyll made out of shells mounted on panelling from old pews taken out of Bramley Church).
Crafts and photography
She took up photography, which eventually enabled her to capture images when her eyes could no longer see clearly. Her extreme short-sightedness caused her to give up art and crafts, and further deterioration meant she concentrated on gardens.
Jekyll took an interest in disappearing crafts, collecting old household implements and recording their use. Her book Old West Surrey includes her photographs of illustrations and the old crafts and cottages she had seen in her travels around Surrey.
In 1899 Jekyll was introduced to the young architect, Edwin Lutyens, by Harry Mangles of Littleworth near Seale, a pioneer rhododendron grower for whom Lutyens had designed a gardener's cottage. She asked Lutyens to design a house for her in her garden. Jekyll and Lutyens explored the landscape and architecture of southwest Surrey in her pony cart. Lutyens designed Munstead Wood Hut in 1894 as a place where she could live until her own house was built. Her house, Munstead Wood, one of Lutyens' early masterpieces, was begun in 1896.
Jekyll became increasingly involved in the gardens Lutyens was designing for his houses, advising him on the materials to be used and supplying detailed planting plans. An example of their work together is Orchards in Munstead built entirely of local material: other examples of the partnership are at Tigbourne Court, Witley, and Goddard's in Abinger, where the Lutyens Trust is based.
Helen Allingham, the artist, was to be a visitor to Munstead Wood and painted a watercolour of her garden.
The South Border at Munstead Wood, by Helen Allingham
(Godalming Museum Collection)
On holiday Jekyll drew 'A silly gate made of nonsense tools' in her sketchbook.
She took an interest in disappearing country crafts, which led to her collecting old household implements and recording their use. Her book Old West Surrey includes her photographs of illustrations and the old crafts and cottages she had seen in her travels around Surrey.
Jekyll and Lutyens had the same sense of humour. Lutyens drew
sketches - of Jekyll whom he affectionately called 'Bumps' - 'the
mother of all the bulbs' referring to her figure.
She enjoyed sketching especially her cats, which were published in a chapter 'Pussies in the Garden' in her book, Children and Gardens.
Lutyens described her picture of three cats drinking from a bowl of milk as an "equicateral" triangle.
A wealth of knowledge
Jekyll's reputation as a plantswoman and garden designer had been steadily growing. Her circle included William Robinson (author of the English Flower Garden), Rev. Reynolds Hole (who wrote A Book about Roses) and G.F. Wilson, owner of the gardens at Wisley.
Jekyll wrote many articles for magazines and newspapers such as Robinson's periodical, The Garden, and Gardening Illustrated and Country Life. Her books, often illustrated by her own photographs and drawings, had a profound influence, direct or indirect, on garden design through the British Isles, in France, and particularly in the United States. Her books were concerned with garden ornaments and flower decoration in the home as well as the principles of planting, colour grouping and garden design. Everything was based on her own experience and showed meticulous attention to detail.
Her drawings give some insight into how she carefully planned her gardens. They are listed under house name of the garden, and also under various types of planting schemes e.g. peony borders, kitchen gardens, herb gardens, spring planting. Letters between client and Jekyll survive.
Copies of many of Gertrude Jekyll's Garden Plans can be studied in the Godalming Museum Local Studies Library, by courtesy of the Reef Point Collection, University of California
Her original planting notebooks can also be seen and include detailed lists of plants for particular gardens. Plants often came from her nurseries at Munstead Wood.
There are three collections in the Godalming Museum Local Studies Library:
The Gertude Jekyll Collection of Garden Drawings (Gertrude Jekyll Collection (1955-1), Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley)
- Correspondence between Gertrude Jekyll and Clients (Gertrude Jekyll Collection (1955-1), Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley)
- Original Plant List Notebooks (Godalming Museum)
Locally Jekyll was prominent in the campaign to save the Old Town Hall (the Pepperpot) in Godalming from demolition. She designed the garden for the Jack Phillips Memorial Cloister in Godalming, and supervised the transformation of Hydon Heath into an accessible public memorial for Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust.
She took an interest in female suffrage, creating an embroidered banner for the Godalming Branch of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).
Godalming Women's Suffrage Society Banner (Godalming Museum Collection)
In the Arts and Crafts Gallery at Godalming Museum one can see her personal memorabilia, including a garden fork and shears, Gladstone bag, travelling desk and gardening boots (kindly lent by Guildford Museum).
Gertrude Jekyll's tombstone in Busbridge Churchyard, designed by Lutyens, is inscribed:
The official website of the Jekyll Estate http://www.gertrudejekyll.co.uk/
Surrey Gardens Trust http://www.surreygardenstrust.co.uk/
Surrey History Centre http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/surreyhistoryservice
© Trustees of Godalming Museum 2010
Godalming Museum Local Studies Library - Ann Laver
Trading Standards have asked
us to promote and support this initative:
The Eat Out Eat Well Award has been developed to reward caterers throughout Surrey who make it easier for their customers to make healthy choices when eating out.
It has three levels – Bronze, Silver, and Gold, and is symbolised by an apple logo in the shape of a heart. The level of award is based on a scoring system that takes into account the type of food on offer, cooking methods, and how the meals are promoted to customers.
This scheme benefits both caterers by promoting their businesses and consumers by helping them make healthier choices when eating out.
The Eat Out Eat Well award is assessed and managed by Surrey County Council Trading Standards Service in partnership with your local Environmental Health Service.
You can nominate a restaurant, pub or café in Surrey
If you know of a restaurant, pub or café in Surrey that serves healthy meals and hasn't won an award you can fill in the online nomination form and Trading Standards will visit them to find out if they are eligible for an Eat Out Eat Well award.
Visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/eatouteatwell for all the details and to check who has already won an award in your area of Surrey.
Another brilliant idea from Kent.
We have been asked to publicise the following service which we think looks really helpful and is the kind of project DropBy wants to promote and support.
A new service for people who have found themselves single & isolated due to the death or separation of a partner.
Participants can come and learn a new skill and have fun while they socialise with like-minded people.
A 12 week series of workshops to equip participants with practical skills
Personal safety and home security
Online and telephone banking
Basic car maintenance
Healthy eating and cooking for one
Each course will incorporate a social event, such as a pub lunch or theatre trip.
CAMEO groups will provide an extended social circle and
opportunities to learn new and essential life skills. CAMEO will
help people to help themselves and one another. The project will
support isolated people to learn new skills and to become
involved in adult learning, volunteering and new
social friendships. The project aims to foster a spirit of
community involvement and to empower people to become involved in
decisions that affect their lives and their communities.
If this is you, then do not be alone, come along and learn a new skill, have fun whilst you socialise with like-minded people.
CAMEO – Come and Meet Each Other
Voluntary Action West Kent
19 Monson Road
Kent TN1 1LS
01892 530330 ext. 511
Local Alternative to London’s Christmas Fairs - of interest to us all, but particularly interesting to our American members - AWBy Mary B
Founded in 1981, the American Women of Berkshire and Surrey www.awbs.org.uk is a not-for-profit voluntary club that provides social, cultural, educational and philanthropic opportunities for over 300 expatriate and local members from over 20 countries.
Since 2004, £86,000 has been distributed to local Surrey charities, including White Lodge, AGE Concern Spelthorne, Quest Riding for the Disabled, and The Family Contact Centre Camberley and District.
One of the region’s leading fund-raising fairs will take place at Ascot Racecourse on Friday 4 November from 9.30am to 3.00pm. Surrey residents can get a head start on their Christmas shopping and avoid the London crowds at the American Women of Berkshire and Surrey’s 28th Holiday Craft and Gift Fayre. The event is the major fund-raiser for the local international women’s club, with all the Fayre’s proceeds funding Berkshire and Surrey charities.
The Fayre will bring together six members of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen who will be showing their wares for the first time. Lora DeSemple, AWBS President said, “The stunning historic Pavilion ballroom complex at Ascot Racecourse has been a real draw and allowed us sign up exhibitors from major London and UK events including the Spirit of Christmas and the Country Living Fairs, the Chelsea Flower Show, and Crufts. We have worked all summer to generate interest in our event and been overwhelmed by the response. Our members nominated their favourite companies and we painstakingly researched others from as far afield as West Yorkshire, Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Brighton and Bournemouth to fill in the missing gaps.
Our Surrey Guild craftspeople were selected to add a local feel to the event alongside artists, designers and craftspeople from London art groups like Hidden Art London and Cockpit Arts. The end result is we have a range of over 90 superb art, bags and leather goods, books and stationery, ceramics, fashion, glass, health and beauty, home and interior accessories, jewellery, luxury gifts and woodcraft exhibitors. In other words, something for everyone in a hassle free environment!”
Jenefer Ham, glass artist and Chairman of the Surrey Guild, said “Our members: Carolyn Wallis Handweaver, Elizabeth Campbell Jewellery, Frank Higgins from Kaleidoscope Studio, Sharon Williams hat maker from Embellished Accessories, Susan Holton Knitwear and myself are excited to be a part of this event knowing that a fraction of our sales and 100% of profits will benefit Surrey charities. The recognition of our high standards of local craftsmanship is fantastic and it's a real bonus to attend this prestigious charity event so close to home”.
Jenefer, herself an American who arrived in England some six years ago, is looking forward to meeting up with the American and international expat community at the Fayre after immersing herself into her local Guildford community. She said “My work with the Guild has made my move to England a lot easier and allowed me to meet people with common interests and a shared passion for high quality work. Thanks to groups like AWBS, other foreigners like me also have way to meet people with common interests and support their local community through fund raising for good causes.”
As well as the chance to do their seasonal shopping, visitors to the Fayre can enjoy home baked treats, gourmet food from specialty suppliers, tea and coffee, entertainment and demonstrations. With free parking available, tickets are priced at £2 with children under 17 free and available at the door.
Funds raised from the Fayre will be distributed in the spring of 2012.
AWBS is a member of the Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas, Inc., an international network of 75 + volunteer clubs in 40 countries worldwide, with a total membership in excess of 15,000.
For more information contact, Leanne Evans, Vice President Philanthropy, AWBS on 0758 017 0829 or 01784 454 014. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org