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Grenfell, Ethel Anne Priscilla, 1867-1952 (née Fane, wife of 1st Baron Desborough and known as 'Ettie')

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1867 - 1952

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

 Item

Diary entry from Taplow Court, 1925 (circa)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/6/4/1
Scope and Contents

Written during a short stay with Lord and Lady Desborough, on headed notepaper from Taplow Court, Taplow, Buckinghamshire. Sassoon lists and describes the other guests, including J.M. Barrie, Lord Knebworth, Lord Leconfield, and the Duchess of Portland, noting how they entertained themselves and conversational topics. Originally enclosed with MS Add.9852/6/4, between folios 25-26.

Dates: 1925 (circa)
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Fragile - please handle with care.
 File

Journal, 9 Dec. 1925-9 June 1926 (with some later annotations and scoring out in Siegfried Sassoon's hand)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/1/22
Scope and Contents The volume is a ruled notebook marked '1925-III, 1926-I' and mostly comprises diary entries written while Sassoon was living at 23 Campden Hill Square, London. Diary entries include passages on: /8r. a biography of Thomas Hardy; /10r-11r. the death and funeral of his uncle Hamo Thornycroft; /16r-16v, /117r. Robert Graves; /39v-41v. entries concerning his War experience; /48r-48v. on meeting Sean O'Casey; /51. Virginia Woolf; /77r-109r. on the coal miner's strike; and frequent...
Dates: 9 Dec. 1925-9 June 1926 (with some later annotations and scoring out in Siegfried Sassoon's hand)
Conditions Governing Access: This notebook has been digitised and can be viewed in full on the Cambridge Digital Library at http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-ADD-09852-00001-00022/1. The original item is currently unavailable for consultation due to its poor physical condition.
 File

Letter, 1926 (year inferred; marked 'Monday')

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9877/1/1/44
Scope and Contents

Concerning the death of Lady Desborough's son in a motor accident and news of her employment of Mr Swift as head gardener.

Dates: 1926 (year inferred; marked 'Monday')
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 File

Letter from 'E.D' [Lady Ethel Desborough] (Panshanger, Hertford) to Siegfried Sassoon, 31 Oct. 1933

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/9/4/10
Scope and Contents

On hearing the news of his engagement at Lady Ottoline [Morrell]'s house, and congratulating him.

Dates: 31 Oct. 1933
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 File

Letter from 'Ettie' [Lady Ethel] Desborough to Siegfried Sassoon, 5 Oct. 1938

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/9/6/13
Scope and Contents

Praising 'The Old Century' and thanking Sassoon for writing it; 'I don't think any book has ever given the very taste of childhood in the same way'.

Dates: 5 Oct. 1938
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Series

Letters from Lady Ethel Desborough (Taplow Court, Bucks, Panshanger, Herts, and elsewhere) to Siegfried Sassoon re poetry and gossip, 26 May 1925-15 Oct. 1947 (26 May 1925, 17 May 1926, 9 February, 15 August [1929], 12, 24 Jun 1944, 7, 14 April, 25 Jun 1946, 1, 8 March, 15 October 1947)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9375/209-220
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

A collection of 1094 letters, postcards and other items known as 'Sassoon's residual correspondence' although it does also include a number of items addressed to other persons particularly to his wife, Hester, and his mother, Theresa Thornycroft.

Dates: 26 May 1925-15 Oct. 1947 (26 May 1925, 17 May 1926, 9 February, 15 August [1929], 12, 24 Jun 1944, 7, 14 April, 25 Jun 1946, 1, 8 March, 15 October 1947)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).