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Speke family photographs 1969, 1968 - 1969

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 22/30/4

Scope and Contents

Collection of five coloured photographs of places associated with the Speke family of Somerset, taken by Donald Simpson.

The Speke family were lords of the manor of the Somerset village of Dowlish Wake from the 15th century until early in the twentieth. William Speke (1798-1887) married Georgina Elizabeth Hanning, whose family once occupied Manor Farm, close to Dowlish Wake Church. Their second son John Hanning Speke (1827-1864) was the discoverer of the source of the Nile. After his death in a shooting accident he was buried in Dowlish Wake Church, and his monument dominates the Speke Chapel which was made when the church was rebuilt in 1860 during the incumbency of his brother Hugh.


  • Creation: 1968 - 1969


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

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5 photographic print(s) (5 photographs) : photograph

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Donald Simpson in 1969.


For further information on this collection see: Simpson, D (ed.) (1969), An explorers memorial’s', The Royal Commonwealth Society, Library Notes, New Series no. 154, p.1-2.


RAS. Updated by WS.


Simpson, Donald Herbert, 1920-2002, Librarian of the Royal Commonwealth Society

Finding aid date

2004-07-08 15:25:46+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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