Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)MS75
TitleIllustrated Diary of the Summer Holidays by H. P. Thompson
Extent1 volume
DescriptionThe diary of Henry Paget Thompson aged twelve or thirteen in which he records a summer vacation from school, between July and September 1893, part of which was spent at Radley College, where his father, Henry Lewis Thompson, was Warden. Henry records details of leisure pastimes he and his family took part in, which included steamer trips on the river Thames, and a visit to London, where he visited the 'World's Water Show' at Earl's Court, and attended a performance of 'Charley's Aunt' at the Globe Theatre. At the beginning of August, the family travelled by train to Tan-yr-allt, in North Wales, where they stayed until the middle of September, and the rest of the diary entries describe details of their stay, including mountain walks, an ascent of Snowdon, an outing to Chester, and family entertainments.
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Administrative HistoryHenry Paget Thompson (b 1880) was the son of Henry Lewis Thompson, Warden at St Peter's College, Radley between 1888 and 1896 and while he was educated elsewhere he and his brother James would join the family at Radley during the school holidays. Henry Paget Thompson went on to Christ Church, Oxford, was later ordained and became Assistant Secretary of the Society for the Propogation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts in 1931. He wrote several books on religious and missionary work abroad.

Source: Crockford's Clerical Directory 1899; (accessed 2 May 2012)
AcquisitionPurchased January 1999
Publication NoteThe diary is the subject of a short article in the 'Research Libraries Bulletin', published by the University of Birmingham Information Services, no. 7, Spring 2000


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