Eve Marriott’s WW1 Diary 1915 – June

1915 Tuesday 1st June The Belgians came in after tea. Vi turned up at about 6.00 in the Argyll after driving all by herself all the way from Ellesmere in Shropshire where she had been staying with Babs. Kitchener made a Knight of the Garter 1915 Wednesday 2nd June Vi took mother to a sale at Bitteswell in the Argyll. I went down to the hospital at 1.30 and Vi came down…

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Eve Marriott’s WW1 Diary 1915 – May

1915 Saturday 1st May Was down at the hospital again at 8.00. Mrs Martin came later. Was allowed to help to bandage Bollington’s arm. Mrs Sarson told me when I got there that Watts had had a temperature the night before, so I firmly sent him back to bed till the doctor came which was a good thing as it turned out, as he was kept there for the rest of the…

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Eve Marriott’s WW1 Diary 1915 – April

1915 1st April Jim went off to his new job at Farnborough. And nasty day as usual. British air raid on Zeebrugge and Hoboken 1915 2nd April (Good Friday) Went to Church twice. Rain all the afternoon. Trawlers “Jason”, “Gloxinia” and “Nellie” sunk in North Sea by German submarine. 1915 3rd April Rained most of the day. Fred played golf with Mr Loveday in the morning and beat him after not having…

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Eve Marriott’s WW1 Diary 1915 – March

1st March No entry by Eve British blockade of German East Africa commenced. 1915 2nd March Went to London by the early train and when I got there, having travelled with Kate Gilliat, I drove to Helen’s studio where I found her and Tod. She had said that she would get me a room but I found that Bay had asked me to go there so I went to the Bakers’ instead.…

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Eve Marriott’s WW1 Diary February 1915

1915 February  Back to Top of Diary Back to Top of Page 1915 1st February Mr Jameson came to lunch. Hospital ship ‘Asturias’ attacked by German submarine off Le Havre. Bread and flour rations introduced in Germany 1915 2nd February A nasty wet day. Sewing party at the Rectory. Turkish advance-guards reached the Suez Canal 1915 3rd February Kate Gilbert came in and Edie Sedgwick, Gwen Inglis & Mrs Christopher S. came to…

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Eve Marriott’s WW1 Diary 1915 – January

1915 1st January A nasty wet day as usual. Stayed indoors as it simply poured almost the whole time. H.M.S. “Formidable” sunk by German submarine in the English Channel. 1915 2nd January Mother went to Leicester to try and get a little sense out of the VAD people, but did not do much good. Jim suddenly turned up about dinner time. Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia appealed to Britain for assistance against…

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From the Archive: A remarkable harvest.

High up on a sheltered, well lit corner of a wall in an outbuilding at Cotesbach Hall can be deciphered a faint scribbling entitled ‘TOTAL TATERS 1920’ [1].  The unmistakeable hand of Rowley Marriott (1899-1992) can be discerned listing the weight of potatoes yielded from each of three areas in the walled garden, to a total imperial equivalent of 1,238 kg, nearly three times what we considered to be an exceptional yield…

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From the archive: Christmas Fare

It seems that struggling to find a suitable gift is an issue that has long been perplexing people... The back page of this 1940s magazine called 'Christmas Fare' shows a range of 'useful' gas appliances! Imagine tearing off the wrapping paper on Christmas morning to find you have been given a soldering iron heater!Here is the list of items pictured, sure to thrill even the most tricky to buy for... If you…

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From the Archive: Cotesbach and the East London Hospital for Children.

Archive document .3588.1.a : ‘Account of offertory alms, Cotesbach.’ One Sunday in 1872, the Cotesbach Church collection money (more than £5, as documented in the above ledger) was sent to a tiny hospital in Ratcliff Cross in the East End of London. What prompted the people of the rural village to support so generously such a seemingly insignificant cause? The answer involves an epidemic, a hospital romance and Charles Dickens.There was an…

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Pasta shortage? Try making your own!

Thank you to Sam Rouse of Cork & Fork for allowing us to share his recipe. Fresh homemade pasta Ingredients 6 large free-range eggs 600 g Tipo '00' flour Method Place the flour on a board or in a bowl. Make a well in the centre and crack the eggs into it. Beat the eggs with a fork until smooth. Using the tips of your fingers, mix the eggs with the flour,…

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