Visit to the Isle of Wight to hunt for 'missing volumes' of Edie's diaries
8 July 2012
Well, I didn’t find any ‘missing’ diaries but I met a lot of lovely
helpful people and had a busy three days on the
Although several people I met had known Edie, or Mrs Ledger as she was
for most of her time on the
this mind, I have been invited to give an illustrated talk to the
Brighstone History Society on Friday 17 May 2013 and possibly to the
Thank you Brighstone for such a warm welcome!
before I left for the
Top row: Buddlebrook and Brighstone
With sincere thanks also to a large number of other people whom I met and who helped me in my quest for the ‘missing’ volumes of Edie’s diaries: Mike Bishop, Tony Bradshaw, Petrena and Michael Camps, Daphne Denaro, Elizabeth Hutchings, Avice Mariner, Bob Russell, Les Sklaroff, Richard Smout, Chris Yendall.
28 June 2012
Ever since the diaries were first taken out of the last of a succession of drawers where they had lain for almost 90 years, it has been obvious that some sections were missing. Although I have written about this before, I have not - until now - undertaken a proper search on the Isle of Wight where they are most likely to be found.
So, I have at last made arrangements to visit the Island - from Monday 2 to Wednesday 4 July 2012 - and several kind people have agreed to meet me, including some who knew Edie.
The IoW County Press ran an article about my visit and you can read it here. Although I have not yet received any direct responses about the missing dairies I am still hopeful. I am particularly interested in making contact with individual collectors on the Island who may have them - in part or in whole - and perhaps don't realise the connection with the volumes which I do have.
My contact details are:
I did receive an interesting contact from Pat Carter in Portsmouth who is involved in a project encouraging people to keep diaries and to share those of their ancestors. The item on Pat's blog, which includes a reference to Edie's diaries, is here: http://patcartertuition.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/great-diary-project-part-2/.
Full information about the diaries and the dates for which they are missing can be found on this page: http://www.edithappleton.org.uk/Intro&4Volumes/intro_and_4volumes.asp. In brief, the bits missing are:
If you can help at all do let me know!