Scope and Contents
Handwritten diaries and photograph album, with some loose enclosures. The diaries provide a detailed description of the daily social life of a wealthy young lady during the Victorian era, in London and on visits around the country, including dinners, dances and parties, concerts, galleries, theatre and academic lectures. From 1864, Anne gave detailed accounts of sermons she had heard and exhibitions in London, also describing first-hand significant national events such as the funeral of Lord Wellington, Royal weddings and celebrations and the start of the Crimean War.
Biographical / Historical
Anne Elizabeth Fisher was born in 1836, the daughter of Dr. Anthony Lax Fisher (c.1798-c.1867) and Jane [daughter and heiress of William Tyler of Cavendish Square], living her early years in France, where her father was a medical adviser to the British Embassy in Paris. He was a close friend of the Downing Professor of Medicine, William Webster Fisher, and Anne was fond of him, staying in Downing College at the start of this series, shortly after the death of her mother. William Tyler's will left a large inheritance to his daughter, Jane, which, after her death, was inherited by her daughter when she reached the age of twenty one. After Jane Fisher's death, £300 a year was provided for her daughter's education, a significant amount at the time. Anne received regular tuition, including languages, music, singing and dancing, to prepare her for Victorian society. In 1854, she and her father moved into 14 York Place in London, where they lived until her marriage to William Bennett Pike (Downing College chaplain, 1855-73) on 6 August 1864. In February 1871 they moved into Paston House in Bateman Street, Cambridge. [This was rebuilt by Philip Frere using materials from the 'Dungate' home of William Frere (2nd Master of Downing College), completed shortly before Philip Frere's death in 1868. ] After William's death in May 1873, Anne married James Amos, a family friend and possibly second cousin, on 1 November 1875. He was the son of Andrew Amos, Downing Professor of the Laws of England (1848-1960), and Margaret Lax. Annie, as she was known by her family, died in 1908 in Cambridge and is buried in Mill Road Cemetery with her first husband and son.