Three letters from Penelope Betjeman to Margaret Irving
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Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8256
Title: Three letters from Penelope Betjeman to Margaret Irving
Dates of Creation: 1964-2007
Extent: 26 leaves
Language(s) of Material: English
Lady Penelope Betjeman (née Chetwode) (1910-1986) was an author who grew up in Northern India.
Scope and Content
Three letters from Penelope Betjeman to Margaret Irving, 1964, with papers relating to both women. Comprises:
- (fols. 1-9) Penelope Betjeman letters sent from Poona and Simla, 1964, with later transcripts
- (fols. 10-13) typescript ‘Reminiscences of the Hon. Penelope Chetwode, Lady Betjeman’ by Alastair M.T. Maxwell-Irving, nephew
of Margaret Irving, the owner of King Alfred’s Kitchen, Wantage
- (fols. 14-20) photographs, scanned and photoshopped in 2007 of King Alfred’s Kitchen and Penelope Betjeman, Wantage Trade
Fair, 1965; 'Penelope Betjeman’s border terrier, Ben, 1965; ‘Penelope Betjeman’s Arab Horse’, the Mead, Wantage, 1965; Thomas
More tankard, n.d.
- (fols 21-6) photographic facsimiles of the three original Betjeman letters, fols. 1, 4, and 7 above.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Given by Alastair M.T. Maxwell-Irving, 2007
Preferred Form of Citation
Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Eng. c. 8256
Betjeman | Penelope | 1910-1986 | writer
English literature -- 20th century
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