Category Archives: Fry family

Mumbles and scraps (Objects 170-171)

Today’s objects are some sketches that I assume came from the 19th century residents of Llwyn Derw House, as featured in the previous post. The clue is in the inscriptions: in the charming pen and ink sketch above, the carriage’s … Continue reading

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House of Mystery, with a heart of oak (object no.169)

This oil painting of a country house used to hang in our much humbler family home, from the time Mum inherited it from Auntie in 1971, until her own death 30 years later. Prior to that it had hung on … Continue reading

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Old Friends and Pilgrims (Object 108)

This post features some more old books, this time from the library of the regional branch of the Usmeum (Brother 2’s house). Like the Alices in my previous post, these books were the childhood possessions of the Fry and Horman-Fisher … Continue reading

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Read Me (Object 107)

Following Auntie’s “Book of Nature,” here are some more books inherited with her other possessions from Derwen. I am an old-fashioned librarian, and, regardless of my expertise with online research databases, I still love books. And I really love old … Continue reading

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More family birthdays (Object 79)

This Victorian “Portrait and Autograph Birthday Book” belonged to Auntie’s close companion and cousin Elsie Fry. I know this because it is inscribed inside: The inscription also solves a mystery for me: in my trawls through the archives I have … Continue reading

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The Further Adventures of Kitty and Mary (Object 75)

My previous post featured Auntie’s journal of her holiday in Cornwall with her close friend and cousin, Kitty Fry. When I got to the end I realised that the journal contained records of more trips, as it had been re-used … Continue reading

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“The Delectable Duchy”: Cornwall, 1934 (Object 74)

This pair of watercolours by Sidney James Beer, depicting views around Falmouth in Cornwall, have been familiar to me all my life: firstly hanging on the walls at Derwen, later in my parents’ living room, and now on my own … Continue reading

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