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Correspondence from John Riley to John Robert Jackson Hammond

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10315

Scope and Contents

126 letters and cards from Riley to Hammond, mostly with envelopes, and 2 letters from Tim Longville to Hammond.


  • Creation: 1956- 1978


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Biographical / Historical

John Riley and John Robert Jackson ('Bob') Hammond were in the 1949 intake of Eleven-plus scholarship boys to West Leeds High School. (Gordon Jackson, later proprietor of the Grosseteste Press, was another member of the intake). They took O-levels in their 4th year and A-levels in their 6th year (Riley and Hammond both studying English, History and French), leaving a third year in the Sixth Form for those who wished to apply for admission to Oxford and Cambridge universities. Riley won an Open Exhibition to Pembroke College Cambridge and Hammond gained a place at Fitzwilliam House. Riley deferred his entry to Pembroke until after National Service, whereas Hammond entered Fitzwilliam straight from school. This collection of Riley's correspondence to Hammond commences with letters written as a National Serviceman. Riley went on to become a schoolteacher, and Hammond qualified as a lawyer.


1 archive box(es) (1 box 130 items, paper.) : paper

130 item(s) (1 box 130 items, paper.)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 2019.

Related Materials

Four letters from Hammond to Riley, 1972-1973, are held in Cambridge University Library as GBR/0012/MS Add.10038/8/28.

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