women tourists

Of about 200 known accounts of tours of Wales by women between 1700 and 1900, only 20 were published during, or very soon after, the life of the authors.

PUBLISHED WOMEN’S TOURS in chronological order of the date of tour. For manuscript tours see below.

1791
Morgan, Mary, Mrs., A Tour to Milford Haven, in the Year 1791, (London, 1795)

1796-1800
Hutton, Catherine, Letters written during a Tour in North Wales by Miss Hutton, of Bennett’s Hill, near Birmingham. Includes her accounts of the 1796, 1797, 1799 and 1800 with her father.
Published in ‘The Monthly Magazine and British Register’ 1815-1818

1798
Smith, Elizabeth, (1776-1806) died age 29, ‘the last of the blue stockings’
Ascended Snowdon (possibly the first recorded woman tourist to do so).
She stayed in Conwy for weeks. She climbed Snowdon in July 1798 to see the sunrise from the top, thereby missing a night’s sleep and being up for thirty-nine hours of almost constant exercise. She set out with her mother, an aunt, and a local guide who spoke no English. The other women turned back when the path got steep, but Elizabeth and the guide kept on, reaching the summit at a quarter past four in the morning in beautiful rose-coloured light.  At a little hut where the guide lives, and after having him called up, and loaded with a basket of bread and milk (it was the usual provision recommended) and a tin box for specimens (for unusual plants), we began our march at a quarter past one [a.m.]. I went on with the guide who could not speak a word of English and arrived at the summit at a quarter past four, ate all the bread and milk.
Bowdler, HM., (editor) Fragments in Prose and Verse: by a Young Lady, with Some Account of her Life and Character, (1808), p. 97 ; (another edition 1818) 

1799?
Potts, Ethelinda Margaretta, Moonshine, (London: 1814); (London: 1832)
Account of a tour of Wales, partly in verse.

1802
Tour of north Wales, beginning and ending at London. Included ascents of Cader Idris and Snowdon
A., L., Journal of a Welsh Tour, Monthly Magazine; or, British Register, vol. 14, (October, 1802), pp. 227-232; 303-307
Also published as: Diary of a Lady’s Tour in Wales Eighty Years Ago. Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser, 19 September 1884, 26 September 1884, 3 October 1884, 10 October 1884, 17 October 1884.

1806, 1808
Spence, Elizabeth, (1768-1832), Summer Excursions through parts of Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Derbyshire, and South Wales,  (London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1809);  (2nd edition, 1809)
She also wrote ‘Tales of Welsh Society’ and ‘Sketches of the Present Manners, Customs, and Scenery of Scotland’ (2 Volumes, 1811)
Prescott, Sarah, Women Travellers in Wales: Heser Lynch Thrale Poizzi, Mary Morgan and Elizabeth Isabella Spence, Studies in Travel Writing, vol. 18, no. 2, (2014), pp. 107-121
note: The published volume contains two tours of Wales, 1806 (22.6.1806 – 1.9.1806) and 1808 (22.6.1808 – 1.9.1808)
note: The author was well read – she quotes Giraldus, Camden, Warrington’s, Ancient History [of Wales]; Williams, ‘Ancient History’. Much derived from other sources.

1812 (pre)
Brooke, Charlotte, A dialogue between a lady and her pupils: describing a journey through England and Wales, in which a detail of the different arts and manufactures of each city and town is accurately given : interspersed with observations and descriptions in natural history : designed for young ladies and schools (1812), (1812, 3rd ed., considerably enlarged by Rev J. Evans)

1812, 1815
Brunton, Mary, Scottish novelist (1778-1818)
Visited the Wye valley & Llangollen. The travel journals for 1812 and 1815 are included in Emmeline, With Some Other Pieces (published posthumously in 1819)

1814
Plumptre, Anne, Narrative of a Residence in Ireland during the summer of 1814 and that of 1815 (London, 1817)
note: The book contains accounts of two tours of Ireland in 1814 and 1815. On her way home to London in 1814 she sailed to Holyhead and passed through north Wales to stay with relatives at Gresford.

1819-1823
Selwyn, Elizabeth, Mrs, Journal of Excursions through the most interesting parts of England, Wales and Scotland, during the Summers and Autumns of 1819, 1820, 1821, 1822 and 1823, (London, 1824)

1832
Victoria, Duchess of Kent, and Princess Victoria (Queen Victoria)
Visit to North Wales, The Cambrian Quarterly Magazine and Celtic Repertory, vol. IV, 1832, pp. 526-537

1833
Sinclair, Catherine, (1800-1864), Hill and Valley, or Hours in England and Wales 1833, (1st edition, New York, 1838); (2nd Edition, Whyte and Co, Edinburgh, 1839)
Sinclair also published Sketches and stories of Wales and the Welsh (3rd edition, London, Simpkin & Marshall, 1860) [Is this based on her Hill and Valley, or Tours in England and Wales?]

1838
Twamley, Louisa A, (1812-1895)
The annual of British Landscape Scenery; An autumn ramble on the Wye, (London : W.S. Orr, 1839)
visited: Chepstow & Piercefield & Tintern & Monmouth & Ragland & Ross & Goodrich & Hereford & Clifford Castle & Hay on Wye & Builth & Rhayader & Llangurig & Plinlimon
Reviewed in Tait’s Edinburgh magazine, Volume 5, pp. 799-800
note: Is this the Louisa Twamley and her sister Harriet to whom Elizabeth Gaskell refers in her letter from Beaumaris, 17.7.1838? (Chapple, JAV., and Pollard, A., Letters of Elizabeth Gaskell, (1997), letter 7, p. 16-17)

1840s
Lane, Amy, (of Clifton), Sketches of Wales and the Welsh, (Hamilton Adams and Co Bristol Hugh Evans, 1847), Consists mostly of brief stories rather than a diary.

1845
Costello, Louisa Stuart, The Falls, Lakes and Mountains of North Wales  (London: 1845)
Graham’s Magazine, vol 43, no 5, Nov, 1853, pp. 119-166, 563-573
places visited: London & Chester & Flint & Holywell & St Asaph & Abergele & Rhyl & Rhuddlan & Denbigh & Conway & Llanrwst & Bangor & Plas Newydd & Capel Curig & Beaumaris & Caernarfon & Llanberis & Tremadoc & Pwllheli & Beddgelert & Beaumaris & Clynneg & Barmouth & Tan y Bwlch & Ffestiniog & Harlech & Dolgellau & Machynlleth & Aberystwyth & Talyllyn & Bala & Corwen & Llangollen

1848
S.S.S. (possibly Sophia S Simpson), Notes on a Tour Through Wales in 1848, published in ‘The Visitor or Monthly Instructor’, (1848), see also Williams, M., (1951-2), National Library of Wales Journal, vol VII p. 78-80

1850
Betham-Edwards, Matilda, Holidays among the Mountains or Scenes and Stories of Wales, (London : Griffith, Farran, Okeden and Welsh, c. 1850)
Fictional moral tale, written as if by a child, of a tour by a family, probably based on some real experiences.

1866
H., S.B., Wanderings in Wales, Aberystwyth Observer, 27 October 1866
Tour of Wales, From Hereford to Rhayader by train, carriage to Hafod, Aberystwyth and Towyn where the account ends. They travelled by train from Aberystwyth to Ynyslas where they took a boat to Towyn.

1895
Ross, Martin, (pseudonyms:  Ross, Violet Florence; Somerville, Edith Anna,) Beggars on horseback : a riding tour in North Wales. (Edinburgh : W. Blackwood, 1895 )
A chatty and amusing account of a tour. Includes some sketches of the authors and characters they met

Manuscript tours

Liz Pitman’s Pigstyes and Paradise, Lady Diarists and the Tour of Wales, 1795-1860, (2009) includes extracts from, and analysis of 75 unpublished women’s tours of Wales. Liz Pitman very kindly let me see copies of all the transcriptions she prepared for the book; these are noted below as ‘Transcribed by E Pitman’ and if extracts are included in her book, that is also noted.

LIST OF TOURS AND VISITS TO WALES BY WOMEN WHICH WERE NOT PUBLISHED DURING THEIR LIFETIME. In chronological order.

Fiennes, Celia, (1662-1741)
Age when toured : 36
date of tour: 1698
title: The Journeys of Celia Fiennes
location of manuscript: ?
http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/travellers/index.jsp
Griffiths, E., Through England on a Side Saddle in the time of William and Mary (1888)
Morris, Christopher, (ed.), The Journeys of Celia Fiennes, (London : 1949)
Morris, Christopher, (ed.), The Illustrated Journeys of Celia Fiennes, (London : 1982)

Darby, Abiah, (1716-1793), Quaker
home address: Coalbrookdale
Age when toured : 31
date of tour: 1747 = 1793
note: Abiah Darby (1716-1793), daughter of Samuel and Rachel Maude and wife of Abraham Darby II, visited Wales many times from 1747, attending Quaker meetings including the yearly and quarterly meetings and visiting Friends. She made notes on the journeys, but recorded little about Wales and the people she met other than critizising the state of the roads.
Labouchere, Rachel, (ed), Abiah Darby : 1716-1793 : of Coalbrookdale : wife of Abraham Darby II, (York, 1988)

Darby, Hannah, (1735-1762), Quaker, later Reynolds, Hannah,
note: Hannah Darby, Abraham Darby II’s daughter, 1735-1762, married Richard Reynolds in 1757
accompanied by Dodge, Phoebe, American
date of tour: 1753
places visited: Carmarthen & Swansea & Abergavenny
location of manuscript: Reynolds/Rathbone diaries and letters, 1753-1839
location of manuscript: Hannah Reynolds nee Darby kept a short diary.
Labouchere, Rachel, (ed), Abiah Darby : 1716-1793 : of
Coalbrookdale : wife of Abraham Darby II (York, 1988), p. 59
note: Hannah Darby and an American Friend, Phoebe Dodge travelled to Abergavenny for a Wales Quaker yearly meeting in 1753 separately from her father. She wrote to Rachel Thompson about the journey: ‘Perhaps in half a day’s riding we saw neither house, tree, hedge, nor any living creature but ourselves and horses and sheep (of which there is great plenty). Yet all this is but a trifle in comparison with the dismalness of the precipices and bogs, which were ready enough to frighten one out of one’s wits.’ They went on to Carmarthen and Swansea, then to Abergavenny, and back home to Colebrookdale with her father and Abiah.

Bridger, Frances, (1734-1807)
accompanied by : Lewis, Mary,
date of tour: 1770 or 1776
places visited: Dyfed & Glamorgan & Gwent
location of manuscript: East Sussex Record Office, SHR 1928
note: Journal of Frances Bridger and Mary Lewis giving a conventional account of houses, etc. seen on their two northern tours (1768, 1772), western tour (1775), South Wales (1776) and Scotland (1789). Also occasional verses.
Transcribed by E. Pitman

Jinks, Jinny,
date of tour: 1772
title: [diary of tour of north Wales]
location of manuscript: NLW mss. 22753 B
Williams, Peter Howell, Social Visitations to the Welsh Gentry of Dinbych, 1771, Transcations of the Denbighshire Historical Society, vol. 51, 2002, pp. 50-60
Transcribed by E. Pitman

Giffard, Elizabeth,
home address: Nerquis Hall
date of tour: 1773
places visited: Chester & Pulford & Wrexham
location of manuscript: Flintshire Record Office, D/NH/1076
note: Very brief entries. Knows the names of most of the inhabitants of large houses. Most of the journal deals with a trip to Oxford and London.

Yorke, Mary,
date of tour: 1774=1778
places visited: St David’s
location of manuscript: Gloucester record Office, D2240/box 22
location of manuscript: Bedfordshire Record Office, Wrest Park Papers, L30/9; L 30/11 and others, transcriptions of letters at Gloucester Record Office
Jones, Anthea, Letters from the Bishop’s wife, 1774-1778, Carmarthen Antiquary, XXXVIII, (2002), 14-35

Thrale, Hester,

date of tour: 1774

location of manuscript: ?

Broadley, A.M., Dr Johnson and Mrs Thrale, (London, 1910), 155-219

Owen, Meurig, A Grand Tour of North Wales, (2003)

Prescott, Sarah, Women Travellers in Wales: Heser Lynch Thrale Poizzi, Mary Morgan and Elizabeth Isabella Spence, Studies in Travel Writing, vol. 18, no. 2, (2014), pp. 107-121

 

Yorke, Agneta

date of tour: 1775

note: dates of tour : 23.9.1775 – 27.9.1775

location of manuscript: Cambridge Record Office, 408/F4B

note: Journey from Tittenharge in Hertfordshire to Erdigg (Yorke family). She appears to be the second wife of Charles Philip Yorke Earl of Hardwicke

note: Very brief account

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Cust, Elizabeth?, later married Elizabeth Cust

note: sister of Frances Cust

accompanied by : Yorke, Philip?, (1743-1804)

home address: Erddig

date of tour: 1775=1776

places visited: Erddig & Llangollen & Corwen & Bala & Dolgellau & Barmouth & Corsygoeddol & Harlech & Tanybwlch & Penmorfa & Caernarvon & Bangor & Conwy & Denbigh & Ruthin & Erddig

title: Account of a Tour through N. Wales

location of manuscript: NLW ms. 9279A and NLW ms. 9280 A

note: Two notebooks which appear to be accounts of the same tour.

note: The name of writer is not given. There is nothing in either of the manuscripts which indicates the sex of the writer. The author was attributed to Frances Cust by Peter Howell Williams in ‘The Causes and effects of tourism in North Wales, 1750-1850’, UCW thesis, 2000

note: It is possible that the two versions were written by two of the members of the party, possibly the two sisters, or by Frances and her brother Brownlow Cust.

note: ‘Our party consists of Miss P Myddleton, my sister, Mr F? [or Mr T.] Mr Yorke and myself’. and there is also mention of the Fitzhughes.

note: Philip Yorke (1743-1804) married Elizabeth Cust on 2.7.1770. She died in Jan 1779 on birth of their 7th child. She was sister of Philip Yorke’s Eaton friend, Brownlow Cust of Belton House, near Grantham.

note: Brownlow Cust, 1st Baron Brownlow FRS (1744-1808), known as Sir Brownlow Cust, 4th Baronet, from 1770 to 1776, was a British Tory Member of Parliament.

note: Philip Yorke (1743-1804) toured Wales 3 or 4 times (including, presumably, this one). Accounts for these are in Clwyd Record Office, DE1212

 

Beaufort, Mrs

date of tour: 1776

location of manuscript: Trinity College, Dublin, TCD MS 4025

 

Anon,

date of tour: 1776=1811

title: Journeys in England and Wales, 1776-1811

location of manuscript: Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, mss. Top gen.e.54

 

Ponsonby, Sara, (1755-1831)

accompanied by : Butler, Eleanor, (1739-1829)

date of tour: 1778

title: Account of a Journey in Wales performed in May 1778 by Two Fugitive

Ladies

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 22967 C, ff. 6-7 (on film 999)

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 22968 – 22996?

Bell, G.H., [John Travers], The Hamwood Papers of the Ladies of Llangollen, (1930)

 

Beaufort, Mrs

date of tour: 1779

location of manuscript: Trinity College, Dublin, TCD MS 4025

 

Darby, Deborah, (1754-1810), Quaker

home address: Coalbrookdale

date of tour: 1780 = 1808

Labouchere, Rachel, Deborah Darby of Coalbrookdale, 1754-1810: Her Visits to America, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and the Channel Islands, (York, 1993)

Deborah Darby of Coalbrookdale, 1754-1810: Her Visits to America, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and the Channel Islands, Quaker History 84.1 (1995): 63-64 (review)

note: Deborah Darby (1754-1810) visited Wales many times between 1780 and 1808, attending Quaker meetings including the yearly and quarterly meetings and visiting Friends.

note: She visited Welshpool, Newtown, Llanidloes, Devil’s Bridge, Hafod, Aberystwyth, Dolgellau, and back via Welshpool and Mallwyd between the 12th and 21st September, 1843.

 

Bridger, Frances,

date of tour: 1783

location of manuscript: East Sussex Record Office, SHR 1928

 

Yorke, Ja, Mrs,

date of tour: 4.9.1783

location of manuscript: Bedfordshire Record Office, L 30/15/54/200

note: Letters to Lady Grey and Lady Bell [Amabel] refer to Mrs. Ja. Yorke’s account of a Tour into South Wales. ‘I hope to show you a very good account indeed from Mrs Ja Yorke of a late tour of theirs into South Wales’

 

Smith, Frances Coape (1758-1840)

home address: Parndon

date of tour: 1784

places visited: Llangollen

note: Wife of William Smith

Handley, Jenny, and Lake, Hazel, Progress by Persuasion: the Life of William Smith, (2007), pp. 31-32

http://ladiesofllangollen.wordpress.com/visitors/william-and-frances-smith-of-parndon/

 

Cooper, Anne,

date of tour: 1786

title: Journal of a Tour Down the Wye

location of manuscript: Chepstow Museum

 

Rees, Elizabeth,

date of tour: 1788

title: A Few Remarks made in an Excursion through part of the Counties of Glamorgan, Monmouth, Hereford ? in the Year 1788

location of manuscript: Cardiff Central Library, MS 3.458

location of manuscript: NLW microfilm

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Anon,

date of tour: 1788

title: Tour in Wales, Journal of a Young Lady, 1788

location of manuscript: NLW ?

note: mentioned in Etheridge, K., Welsh Costume, (1977), p. 12, note 3

 

Anon,

date of tour: 1788

places visited: Cheltenham & Beaumaris & Conway & Abergele & Prestatyn & Holywell & Mold & Wrexham & Ellesmere & Wenlock

location of manuscript: University College North Wales, Bangor, 127

note: Account (mileage, expenses) of journeys from Beaumaris to Cheltenham and Holland (Lancashire), recording places, distances and costs only.

 

Anon,

date of tour: 1789

places visited: Beaumaris

location of manuscript: University College North Wales, Bangor, 127

note: Account (mileage, expenses) of journeys from Beaumaris to Cheltenham and Holland (Lancashire), recording places, distances and costs only. Very similar to tour by same person in 1788 (same manuscript)

 

Thrale – Piozzi

date of tour: 1789

location of manuscript: John Ryland’s library, Manchester, MS 623

Clifford, J.L., Hester Lynch Piozzi (Mrs Thrale), (1986)

Mee, John, ‘A Good Cambrio Briton’ Hester Thrale Piozzi,

Helen Maria Williams and the Welsh Sublime in the 1790s, in ‘Footsteps of liberty and revolt’ : essays on Wales and the French Revolution / edited by Mary-Ann Constantine & Dafydd Johnston, (2013), pp. 213-230

note: Left London on 3.6.1789, visited Edinburgh, Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Inverary but didn’t follow Johnson’s footsteps further north because of bad weather and ill health. Then to Kendal, Liverpool and to Denbigh by the end of August, and from about the 1st October, to Bath and London by 27.12.1789, having travelled 1300 miles.

 

Nicholson, Frances,

date of tour: 1790

title: A Journey made from Newcastle under Lyme through Bristol and South Wales to Shrewsbury, 1790

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 15190 B (typed transcript)

note: probably written by one of Miss Nicholson’s companions

 

Shiffner, Mary, (wife of Sir George Shiffner, 1st Bart) (1765-1844)

date of tour: 1790

places visited: Gwent & Powys

location of manuscript: East Sussex Record Office, SHR 830A

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Ward, Sophia, (nee Watts) (1766-1861)

date of tour: 1791

note: dates of tour : 23.8.1791 – 12.10.1791

title: A Tour from London to S. Wales and S.W. England

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 19758 A

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Plymley, Katherine,

date of tour: 1792

places visited: Clwyd & Anglesea & Gwynedd

location of manuscript: Shropshire Record Office 567/5/5/1/1-3

Pitman, Elizabeth, Two Shropshire Women in Wales: The Travel Diaries of Katherine Plymley and Louisa Charlotte Kenyon, Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society, vol 77, (2002), pp. 102-109

Trinder, Barrie, ‘The Most Extraordinary District in the World’ Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale, 1977 (extract)

note: Sister of Joseph Plymley (Joseph Corbett from 1804) 1759-1838, archdeacon

of Ludlow and author of ‘A General View of the Agriculture of Shropshire’ (1803). They lived at Longlor Hall.

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Smith, Frances Coape (1758-1840)

home address: Parndon

date of tour: 1792

places visited: Llangollen

note: Wife of William Smith, mother of Fanny Smith

Handley, Jenny, and Lake, Hazel, Progress by Persuasion: the Life of William Smith, (2007) ?

http://ladiesofllangollen.wordpress.com/visitors/william-and-frances-smith-of-parndon/

 

Crewe, Frances Anne, Lady, (1748-1818)

note: daughter of Fulke Greville, envoy extraordinary to the elector of Bavaria,

and his Irish wife, Frances Macartney

date of tour: 1795

title: A Tour to North Wales, 1795, Welch Journal, August 20th, 1795

location of manuscript: British Library, add. mss. 37926

Pitman, Liz, Pigsties and Paradise, Lady Diarists and the Tour of Wales, 1795-1860, pp. 23-30

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Eardley-Wilmot, Sarah,

accompanied by : Eardley-Wilmot, John,

date of tour: 1795

note: period : 5 weeks (about)

title: Journal of a twelve weeks tour

location of manuscript: National Museum of Wales, 179554

Pitman, Liz, Pigsties and Paradise, Lady Diarists and the Tour of Wales, 1795-1860, pp. 30-54

Pitman, Liz, Monmouthshire Journeys: The Visits to Monmouthshire of Sarah Eardley-Wilmot (nee Haslam) in 1795 and 1802, Proceedings of the Monmouthshire Antiquarian Association, vol 21, (2005), p. 65-84

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Taylor, Ellen,

home address: Limerick, Ireland

date of tour: 1796=1798 (about)

title: Journal of a Tour in England and N. Wales

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 3479 B (Wales occupies pp. 136-144)

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Sykes, Lady,

date of tour: 1796

location of manuscript: Hull University, DDSY (3)/10/11

note: Much is very similar to Sir Christopher Sykes’ journal.

 

Murray, F. Cornelia,

date of tour: 1800 == 1866

title: [visit to Tenby]

location of manuscript: NLW Aberpergwm 1, Letters and mss. 1176

note: Letter, dated July 31, to Mrs Morgan, wife of Col. Morgan,

 

Smith,

date of tour: 1800 == 1899

location of manuscript: Hampshire Record Office, 23M93/103/1/2

note: Travel diary concerning two tours; the first in Wales, and the second in Somerset and Devon, n.d. (the first two pages of the exercise book are missing) – possibly in the hand of one of the Smith sisters n.d. 19th cent

 

Ashby, Mrs

date of tour: 1800

location of manuscript: Bedfordshire Record Office, OR 2071/426-7 (also 408A+B and 409)

note: brief comments in 2 letter of 7 sides, to 3 ladies at Ecton Cot, dated Haselbeech [Hazelbeach? ] 7.11.1800 and 14.11.1800

PROGRESS: Part transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Smith, Fanny (1788-1880)

home address: Parndon

date of tour: 1800

places visited: Llangollen

Handley, Jenny, and Lake, Hazel, Progress by Persuasion: the Life of William Smith, (2007)

http://ladiesofllangollen.wordpress.com/visitors/william-and-frances-smith-of-parndon/

 

Smith, Frances Coape (1758-1840)

home address: Parndon

date of tour: 1800

note: Wife of William Smith, mother of Fanny Smith Handley, Jenny, and Lake, Hazel, Progress by Persuasion: the Life of William Smith, (2007), pp. 145-147

 

Stackhouse-Acton

date of tour: 1800

location of manuscript: Hereford Record Office, 3646/929

Inglis-Jones (1964) Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society 4, 353-355

note: Mentions a dairy kept by Mrs Stackhouse Acton’s daughter, also Frances, with an extract concerning a visit to Beaumaris, crossing the Menai Bridge for the first time.

Ionides (2005) The Old Houses of Shropshire.

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Haslam, Sarah,

note: She married John Eardley Wilmot on 29.6.1793

date of tour: 1802

location of manuscript: Wigan Record Office, EHC177/M969

note: Original version of the version for 1802 in the National Museum of Wales.

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Eade, Mary Anne,

date of tour: 1802

title: Journal of a tour from Clapton through North Wales to Ireland

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 22190 B

note: Journal of Mary Anne Eade describing a tour, May-June 1802, from Clapton through North Wales to Ireland, with an explanatory note, 1803, by her husband William Eade

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Plymley, Katherine,

date of tour: 1802=1803

places visited: Dyfed & Powys

location of manuscript: Shropshire Record Office 567/5/5/1/20

Pitman, Elizabeth, Two Shropshire Women in Wales: The Travel Diaries of Katherine Plymley and Louisa Charlotte Kenyon, Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society, vol 77, (2002), pp. 102-109

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Anon,

date of tour: 17.7.1802-14.8.1802

Diary of a Lady’s Tour in Wales Eighty Years Ago.

Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser, 19 September 1884, 26 September 1884, 3 October 1884, 10 October 1884, 17 October 1884.

 

Rushout, Anne, Hon (1768-1849)

Age when toured : 34

note: Anne Rushout was the daughter of John, 1st Baron Northwick of Northwick Park, Worcestershire.

date of tour: 1802

location of manuscript: Private

 

Cole, Henrietta, Lady (1784-1848)

date of tour: 1803

places visited: Holyhead

location of manuscript: Bedfordshire Record Office, L31.111

note: Journey from Holyhead to Chester from Ireland to England

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Kenyon, Louisa Charlotte,

date of tour: 1803

places visited: Clwyd & Gwynedd

location of manuscript: Shropshire Record Office 549/212

Pitman, Elizabeth, Two Shropshire Women in Wales: The Travel Diaries of Katherine Plymley and Louisa Charlotte Kenyon, Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society, vol 77, (2002), pp. 102-109

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Clarges, Louisa,

date of tour: 1803

location of manuscript: NLW Aston Hall Correspondence, 1697-1698

note: 21.7.[1803] Sender’s arrival at Bennarth near Conway, and a description of the house and the country around, also an account of a voyage to some rocks to see Puffins; 18.9.[1803] Sender’s visit to Lady Bulkeley at Beaumaris; account of her journey through Caernarvon, Beddgelert, Pont Aberglaslyn, Mr Maddox’s Cottage, Dolgelley, Barmouth, Tanybwlch, Bala, the Valley of Llanrwst. She was delighted with the views, but wrote little detail of the places she visited.

 

Russell, Mary,

date of tour: 1804

note: dates of tour : 27.7.1804 – 3.8.1804

places visited: Gloucester & Cardiff & Caerphilly & Cardiff & Pontypridd &

Merthyr Tydfil & Brecon & Hay & Hereford & Ross & Gloucester

title: Journal of a Week’s tour in south Wales from Gloucester

location of manuscript: Gloucestershire Record Office, D388 F2

location of manuscript: Cardiff Central Library, MS 1.663 (transcription)

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Russell, Mary,

date of tour: 1804

note: dates of tour : 11.9.1804 – 17.9.1804

places visited: Chirk & Llangollen & Plas Newydd

location of manuscript: Gloucestershire Record Office, D388 F1

partially transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Pleasance, Smith, Lady

date of tour: 1804

location of manuscript: Suffolk Record Office, Lowestoft, 12/1

 

Winnington, Elizabeth, (1785-)

Age when toured : 19

date of tour: 1804

location of manuscript: National Museum of Wales, 147085 913 (49.9) W.73 (typed copy)

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Clarges, Louisa,

date of tour: 1804

location of manuscript: NLW Aston Hall Correspondence, 1699-1700 (letter to Louisa Harvey)

note: 3.7.1804 From Bennarth. Sender’s stay in Wales; 4.9.1804 From Bennarth, account of a visit to Llanrwst. They didn’t travel from Bennarth very much, and there is little detail of what they did there. Louisa was suffering from pain in her side which she thought was due to travelling by post for almost 100 miles a day.

note: Elizabeth Winnington met Sir Thomas Clarges, Lady Clarges and Miss Clarges at Plas Newydd, Llangollen with the Ladies of Llangollen on 12.9.1804. Louisa did not mention this in her letter

National Museum and Art Gallery, Cardiff, 147085/913(42.9)W73

 

Rushout, Anne, Hon (-1849)

note: Anne Rushout was the daughter of John, 1st Baron Northwick of Northwick

Park, Worcestershire.

date of tour: 1805

places visited: Shrewsbury & Oswestry & Llangollen & Welshpool & Newtown & Llanidloes & Devil’s Bridge & Aberystwyth & Hafod & Rhayadr & Prestigne & Leominster

title: Diary

location of manuscript: University of London (Senate House Library)

Bright, G.A., A Tour in Central Wales in 1805, Radnorshire Society Transactions, xxviii, 1958, 7-10

 

artist : Sotheby, Maria E.,

artist : Sotheby, Rose,

Sotheby, William,

date of tour: 1805 ?

title: Journal of a tour through parts of Monmouthshire and Glamorgan made in 1811?

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 6497 C

note: A journal of a tour through parts of Monmouthshire and Glamorgan during the early part of the nineteenth century [circa 1809]. The volume is illustrated by over thirty-water colour drawings and unfinished pencil sketches by Rose Sotheby, some of them being original drawings by her and others being after Gilpin, Grimm, and J. Smith. One original water-colour drawing, dated 1809, is

by Maria E. Sotheby (NLW catalogue)

note: Includes the prices of the Severn Crossing in a footnote : 2/6 for each wheel of a carriage, 8 p for every horse, 4 p for every person, plus gratuities.

note: Illustrated by watercolour drawings, some signed by Rose Sotheby, some of which are after various, named artists. The text might be by William Sotheby accompanied by Maria E Sotheby

note: The quality of the illustrations varies, suggesting that they are the work of more than one person. The pencil sketch of Monmouth is far more competent than the watercolours.

note: The estimated date of about 1809 may be erroneous. He/she refers to Valentine Morris as a contemporary (he died in 1789); he/she makes no reference to Smith, Wells or subsequent occupiers of Piercefield; she based her watercolours on Grimm and Gilpin (which were becoming unfashionable); she refersto the crippled woman in the Monk’s Library at Tintern, also mentioned by

Gilpin. The tour started on 16th July, (Tuesday) (Tuesday 16th July was in 1805 and 1811). These suggest a date of about 1805.

Maguire, Mark John, The Wye Valley Tour and the development of the Picturesque Movement in painting and Theory, c. 1770-1800, MA Thesis, Swansea, 1990, p. 112

 

Wright, Lucy,

date of tour: 1806

date of tour: 5.8.1806’ 6.9.1806

places visited: London & Oxford & Malvern & Tintern & Chepstow & Levant & Bath & Wells & Taunton & Exeter & Plymouth & Totnes & Isle of Wight

title: A Tour Through Wales to the South Coast, 1806

location of manuscript: Wigan Record Office, EHC73/M842

part transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Bant, Millicent,

date of tour: 1806

location of manuscript: Essex Record Office, D/DFr F2

Pitman, Liz, Pigsties and Paradise, Lady Diarists and the Tour of Wales, 1795-1860, pp. 61-84

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Lonsdale, Lady

date of tour: 1806

note: Lord Lonsdale married Lady Augusta Fane (d. 1838), daughter of John Fane, 9th Earl of Westmorland, on 12 July 1781.

Clark, Godfrey, Mrs (ed), Gleanings from an old portfolio : containing some correspondence between Lady Louisa Stuart and her sister Caroline, Countess of Portarlington, and other friends and relations, (1898), pp. 155-161

note: Letter from Lady Lonsdale to Lady Louisa Stuart. She visited the Ladies of Llangollen and commented on the cotton mill and canal at Llangollen while travelling to Ireland

 

Anon,

date of tour: 1806

title: A Lady Traveller in Wales

Mavor, Elizabeth, The Ladies of Llangollen, p. 39 (quoted, no source)

note: wrote that ‘This awfull scenery make me feel as if I were only a worm or a grain of dust on the face of the earth’

 

Campbell, Frances Elizabeth,

home address: Buxton, Derbyshire

date of tour: 1807

places visited: Barmouth & Aberystwyth

location of manuscript: NLW Aston Hall Correspondence, 1545 – 1546

note: A proposed visit to Aston and places on the North Wales Coast and arrangements re visiting Aston; also Barmouth or Aberystwith.

 

Cuyler, A. M., ?

transcribed by : Payne, Henry Thomas,?

date of tour: 1807

places visited: River Wye & Rhos & Chepstow & Abergavenny & Monmouth & Piercefield & Raglan & Llanbedr

title: Recollections of a visit to Llanbeder [Llanbedr] in the County of Brecon with remarks on an excursion down the River Wye from Rhos to Chepstow including Abergavenny, Monmouth, Piecefield, Raglan etc by A.M.Cuyler 1807

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 784 A

note: An account by A. M. Cuyler [written in the hand of Rev Henry Thomas Payne (1759-1832)], of a visit to Llanbedr, Brecknockshire, with remarks on an excursion down the river Wye, 1807.

note: The section on Welsh peasants (p.166) is the same as that in Powys County Archives Office A104/1/1(1) ‘Parochial noticies of the deanery of the third partof Brecknock’, by Henry Thomas Payne’

note: The author refers to her? maid in the diary and may have been staying, for about two months (see p. 168), with Henry Thomas Payne, Rector of Llanbedr, Breconshire (and later archdeacon of Carmarthen) and his wife Mary who wrote an account of her and her husband’s trip down the Wye in 1807. A.M. Cuyler may havebeen one of the people who accompanied them on that trip.

note: Lots of quotations of poetry. The only real clue to her being a woman is the reference to her maid and companion, but the whole diary exudes a female spirit. The author is clearly very intelligent, well read, has a good memory and is very observant and perceptive and has interesting things to say. The journal has no dates, and is not strictly in the form of a diary (it is not a daily account of her activities). Other writers and poetry are quoted and the journal includes notes at the bottom of some pages separated by text from a red line. This has clearly been very carefully thought out beforehand since the notes either fit the page exactly, or run over onto the next page (similarly below a red line) and fit that space properly, just as would appear in a printed book with long footnotes. The transcriber underlines place names in red (which makes searching it very easy), and takes a great interest in industrial developments (but doesn’t describe them in detail).

note: ‘Recollections of a Visit to Llanbedr was written in the fanciful name of A. M. Cuyler, but again and without question it is in his [Henry Thomas Payne’s]handwriting. There is a statement at the end of this volume: ‘These most pleasing recollections are not written for the Press. They are designed only forthe assistance of my own memory’.

Parry Jones, D., Henry Thomas Payne, 1759-1832 : Rector of Llanbedr and Archdeacon of Carmarthen, Brycheiniog, Vol. 5 (1959), pp. 35-50

 

Payne, Mary, (1770-1828)

note: wife of Henry Thomas Payne, Rector of Llanbedr, Breconshire

date of tour: 1807

title: ‘Recollections of Two Excursions from Llanbedr to Ross, with the Navigation of the River Wye to Chepstow, and a Walk to Persfield. Returning by Newport, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr-Tidvael and Brecknock, by Mary Payne, 1807, Vol. 1’. (In hand-writing of H T Payne,} 107pp and index.

location of manuscript: Powys Archives, Llandrindod, A 104/1/2

Jones, Peter Morgan, A Navigation of the River Wye to Chepstow, 1807, Gwent Local Historian, no 104, (2008), pp 11-18

  1. Parry Jones, ‘Henry Thomas Payne, 1759-1832’, Brycheiniog, vol. 5, pp. 35-50
  2. G. Owens ‘Biographia et Bibliographica: Archdeacon Henry Thomas Payne’, National Library of Wales Journal, vol. IV, pp. 210-214

note: Scrapbook of H T Payne, containing notes, sketches, plans, copies of inscriptions etc,

note: The party consisted of four ladies and two gentlemen, May have been accompanied by A.M. Cuyler

 

Skinner, Charlotte Jane,

date of tour: 1808

places visited: St Albans & Shrewsbury & Welshpool & Machynlleth & Beddgelert &

Caernarfon & Shrewsbury

title: Sketches in Wales during the summer of 1808

title: Sketch book of Charlotte Jane Skinner, done in the summer of 1808

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 14537C

location of manuscript: Cardiff Central Library, MS 3.295 (typed copy)

location of manuscript: NLW ARCH/MSS (GB0210) Cardiff MSS on Microfilm 3.295

note: Journal by Charlotte Jane Skinner, transcribed in 1809 by Russel Skinner Esq. (see first flyleaf), with some revision by the author, of a tour in Wales in the summer of 1808. Itinerary on pp. iii-xi.

 

Bant, Millicent,

date of tour: 1808

note: distance travelled : 1676 miles ) Charlton to London, Oxford, Worcester, Hereford, Chepstow and Powys.

note: dates of tour : 21.5.1808 – 30.7.1808

location of manuscript: Essex Record Office, D/DFr F4

Pitman, Liz, Pigsties and Paradise, Lady Diarists and the Tour of Wales, 1795-1860, pp. 61-84

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Lewis, Anne,

date of tour: 1809

places visited: Shrewsbury & Oswestry & Llangollen & Gwindu & Holyhead & Dublin

title: Letter re Journey from Tibberton to Dublin (through Wales)

location of manuscript: NLW Harpton Court 2364

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Anon,

date of tour: 1811

title: Journal of a driving tour of North Wales in the months of July and August

1811

location of manuscript: Cardiff Central Library, MS 1.405

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Lloyd, Elizabeth,

date of tour: 1811 (about)

places visited: Aberystwyth

title: Letter giving an account of a stay in Aberystwyth about 1811

location of manuscript: NLW Aston Hall Correspondence, 3, (p. 847)

location of manuscript: NLW Aston Hall Correspondence (3) 4440 (same as?)

note: Letter, c. 1811, from Elizabeth Lloyd (afterwards Curtis), to her sister, Mrs Lloyd, Aston near Oswestry giving an account of her stay at Aberystwyth.

 

Grant, Mrs

date of tour: 1811

places visited: Wye & Tintern & Goodrich & Abercarn & Llandaff & Margam & Briton

Ferry & Neath & Aberdulais waterfalls & Swansea & Penrice & Worm’s Head &

Oystermouth & Merthyr & Abercarn

location of manuscript: Swansea University, Wishart Collection. Number 6

note: Miss Grant (of the family of Grant of Gnoll castle, Neath) recording family and social life in London and Surrey and visits to Hampshire and visit to south Wales. They toured Wales between 11th September and 8th November, 1810 and visited Swansea pottery

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

St John, Emma Maria Elizabeth, Lady (1762-1825)

date of tour: 1811

places visited: Aberystwyth & Lampeter & Llandovery & Trecastle & Brecon

title: [‘Account of her tour of the West of England’ [sic] according to the catalogue]

location of manuscript: Bedfordshire Record Office, W1/3090

note: Three page letter to her brother recording that she had been in Aberystwyth and travelled through Lampeter, Llandovery, Trecastle, and Brecon. Contains no detail except to say that the country around Lampeter is very different to what it is described to be. Refers to the Cambrian Guide

 

Bletchley, Ann, (of Newington Green) (1790-1856)

date of tour: 1812

location of manuscript: Bedfordshire Record Office, SY 46 (or 49)

note: 5,000 word letter

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Bant, Millicent,

date of tour: 1812

places visited: Powys

location of manuscript: Essex Record Office, D/DFr F4

Pitman, Liz, Pigsties and Paradise, Lady Diarists and the Tour of Wales, 1795-1860, pp. 61-84

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Hurrell, Henrietta, ? (1812-1855 (fl))

date of tour: 1812

title: A Journey through England and Wales, 1812

location of manuscript: John Rylands library, Manchester, MS421

 

West, Jane, Mrs (1758-1852)

Age when toured : 55

date of tour: 1813 (about)

title: Tour to Wales and Ireland

location of manuscript: Cambridge University Library, add. MSS, 738, f 10-26 (‘extracts’)

Moir, Esther, The Discovery of Britain, (1964), p 131 (brief quotation)

note: PHW says she toured Wales in 1810 as part of a tour of the 4 countries for

7 weeks. Williams, Peter Howell, The causes and effects of tourism in North Wales 1750-1850, Thesis (Ph.D.), Aberystwyth, 2000.

Transcribed from extracts by E. Pitman

 

Plymley, Katherine,

date of tour: 1814

places visited: Clwyd & Powys

location of manuscript: Shropshire Record Office 567/5/5/1/30/31

Pitman, Elizabeth, Two Shropshire Women in Wales: The Travel Diaries of Katherine Plymley and Louisa Charlotte Kenyon, Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society, vol. 77, (2002), pp. 102-109

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Williams, Hannah

note: wife of Peter Bayly Williams

date of tour: 1816-1817

Diary including a Journey from Llangurig to Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 856 A

 

Betts-Doughty,

date of tour: 1816

location of manuscript: Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich, 20.073 & HD79/af2/3/1-3

 

Coare, Mary Ann,

accompanied by : Bun (family)

date of tour: 1816

note: The attribution to Mary Coare might be simply that the handwriting matches some other diary in the same collection where her name appears.

location of manuscript: Centre for Kentish Studies, U1823/8Z4

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Hibbert, Mary Anne,

date of tour: 1816

location of manuscript: Gloucestershire Record Office, D1799/F320

Pitman, Liz, Pigsties and Paradise, Lady Diarists and the Tour of Wales, 1795-1860, pp. 84-98

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Munby, Mrs

date of tour: 1816

letter dated 4.11.1816

location of manuscript: York City Archives Department, Acc 54:225 7

note: Letter, Mrs Munby, reply to Joseph Munby letter. She has recently returned from a nine week visit to his aunt and uncle (at Liverpool) including a tour of N. Wales.

 

Scrope, Frances, ? (1794-1858)

home address: Danby ?

date of tour: 1817

places visited: Danby & Preston & Greenfield (near Holywell, Flintshire)

title: Journal of an Excursion into North Wales, 1817

location of manuscript: North Yorkshire Record Office, ZPY5/18/5/3

note: This diary is anonymous, but it was with and is in the same handwriting as a collection of diaries by Frances Scrope.

 

Alderson, Harriet,

date of tour: 1818

title: Welsh Tour 1818

location of manuscript: Gwynedd Record Office, XM/2600

Williams, Peter Howell, Harriet Alderson: Sketch of a Tour From Aston to Beaumaris, 1818, Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club Transactions, 1993, pp. 39-53 [this contains a number of quotations from the diary which do not correspond with the diary itself]

note: Toured Wales in 1818, with 2 carriages and a phaeton and a post chaise for the maids. Stayed at Beaumaris.

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Elwes, Susan,

date of tour: 1818

location of manuscript: Norfolk Record Office, HMN 5/34

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Parry, Elizabeth,

date of tour: 1818

title: [Visit to Aberystwyth]

location of manuscript: NLW Llidiardau, box 8/1/103

note: Letter, October 6th 1818, from Elisa Parry, Llidiardau, to George Parry, Haverfordwest, with news, business matters etc, and also visitors and improvements to Aberystwyth.

note: Aberystwith has this last season been unusually full of strangers, whom it is conjectured have left in the town 30 thousand pounds, the circulation of so much cash must benefit poor Cardiganshire very considerably, indeed the appearance of the town and neighbourhood shows it in its improved appearance, they have a fine terrace formed to the sea and very excellent houses built on it which strangers for pleasure and the invalid for improved health find highly conducive to both and they have excellent Assembly rooms building.

 

Anon,

Campbell, E.C., ?

note: wife of Robert Campbell

note: Eliza Constantia Campbell ?

date of tour: 1818

title: Journal of an Excursion in North Wales

location of manuscript: NLW Gunley, Parcel I

 

Smith, Emma

date of tour: 1818

location of manuscript: Hampshire Record Office 23M93/87/1/4

 

Pensam, C.F.

date of tour: 1818

note: date of letter : 29.9.1818

places visited: Tenby & Devil’s Bridge

title: [trip to Aberystwyth and Hafod]

location of manuscript: NLW Aberpergwm 1, letters and mss. 256

note: Letter, dated Sept. 29th, 1818, from C. F. Pensam, Aberystwyth, to Miss M Williams, Aberpergwn, Neath, which describes an uncomfortable journey from Tenby to Aberystwyth.

 

Parry, Elizabeth,

date of tour: 1819

note: date of letter : 4.9.1819

places visited: Aberystwyth

title: [Visit to Aberystwyth]

location of manuscript: NLW Llidiardau, box 8/1/107

 

Anon,

Campbell, E.C., ?

note: wife of Robert Campbell

note: Eliza. Constantia Campbell ?

date of tour: 1819

title: Journals of Tours in North Wales and the Isle of Wight (the Welsh tour occupies the first of two volumes)

location of manuscript: NLW Gunley, Parcel XXX

 

Cotton, Philadelphia, Lady (1763-1855)

home address: Madingley

date of tour: 1819

location of manuscript: Cambridgeshire Archives, 588DR/F48

note: Journal of Philadelphia, Lady Cotton’s travels in France, England and Wales with a few sketches of churches, etc. Warwickshire-Shropshire-Wales (12 pp., sketch), 13-28 September 1819.

note: Lady Cotton, daughter of Sir Joshua Rowlands, was the wife of Sir Charles Cotton, fourth baronet of Madingley

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Gaskell, Elizabeth, (1810-1865)

date of tour: 1821 (?)

location of manuscript: NLW Holland papers 4983

Chapple, John, Elizabeth Gaskell, The Early Years (1997, 2009)

Jones, R. Merfyn, No Barrier against Agony, Elizabeth Gaskell’s north Wales, Journal of the Merionethshire Historical and Record Society, vol. 11, no. 3, (1992),

Preyke, Jo, Wales and the Welsh in Gaskell’s fiction: Sex, Sorrow and Sense, Gaskell Society Journal, (1999), 69-84 JMHRS extra publication no 1

note: The Hollands who were cousins of Elizabeth Gaskell nee Stevenson) lived in Wales. Samuel Holland owned Plas yn Penrhyn [Plas Penrhyn] amongst other places.

 

Gosling, Mary,

date of tour: 1821

title: A Tour Through Part of North Wales Ireland &c,

location of manuscript: Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, ms. ??, p. 93

 

Brinkley, Sarah,

date of tour: 1822

location of manuscript: Denbighshire Archives, DD/PR/133

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Lister, Anne,

date of tour: 1822

location of manuscript: West Yorkshire (Bradford), SH:7/ML/TR/11; RAM 52-76 and 78-9

Whitbread, Helena (ed.), I know my own heart. The diaries of Anne Lister, 1791-1840, (1988)

P., M., (Porter, Martha,?)

date of tour: 1822

location of manuscript: Worcestershire Record Office, BA 64 (ii) 705:262

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Hibbert, Mary Anne,

date of tour: 1823

places visited: Gwent

location of manuscript: Gloucestershire Record Office, D1799/F322

Pitman, Liz, Pigsties and Paradise, Lady Diarists and the Tour of Wales, 1795-1860, pp. 84-98

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Hibbert, Sarah,

date of tour: 1823

places visited: Gwent & Welsh borders

location of manuscript: Gloucestershire Record Office, D1799/F346

location of manuscript: Gloucestershire Record Office, D1799/F355

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Holland, Mary, (1792-1877)

Holland, Bessy, (1796-1886)

Holland, Lucy, (1800-1883)

home address: Knutsford

date of tour: 1823

title: [Diary of a tour of north Wales]

location of manuscript: Private

Chapple, John, Elizabeth Gaskell, The Early Years (1997, 2009), pp. 288-310; 467

note: The three Holland sisters toured north Wales and visited Barmouth, in the 1823s. Two of the three journals of this trip are in a private collection. Extracts from the diary were published by John Chappel.

 

Stackhouse Acton, Fanny,

note: Frederica Rouse Boughton’s Aunt

date of tour: 1824

location of manuscript: Hereford City Library, 3646/929 ?

note: Mr and Mrs Thomas Stackhouse of Acton Scott Hall, near Church Stretton toured Wales 1824 or 1825, a party of 5 with a pair of horses and a dog. Frances [Fanny?] was the eldest daughter of Thomas Andrew Knight of Downton Castle, Herefordshire Married 1812 aged 18

Inglis-Jones A Blue-stocking Lady in Wales Journal of the Merioneth Historical & Record Society 4, (1964) 353-355

 

Jones, Marianne, [Bateman]

date of tour: 1824=1829

title: Accounts of Tours in Britain (The first and fourth are of Welsh interest)

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 3594-9 B

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Porter, Anne,

date of tour: 1824

location of manuscript: Worcestershire Record Office, BA 3940/65ii

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Porter, Martha,

date of tour: 1824

location of manuscript: Worcestershire Record Office, BA 3940/64ii

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Porter, Phoebe,

date of tour: 1824

location of manuscript: Worcestershire Record Office, BA 3940/68i

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Martineau, Margaret,

date of tour: 1824

location of manuscript: Hampshire Archives, 83M93/21

Pitman, Liz, Pigsties and Paradise, Lady Diarists and the Tour of Wales, 1795-1860, pp. 98-113

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Elwes, Susan,

date of tour: 1824

location of manuscript: Norfolk Record Office, HMN 5/34

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Stock, Ellen, (nee Weeton)

date of tour: 1825

title: Miss Weeton’s Journal of a Governess

location of manuscript: Wigan Record Office, EHC165c/M451

Hall, Edward, (editor), Miss Weeton. Journal of a governess 1811-1825 with an epilogue. (Oxford Univ. Press 1939)

Miss Weeton’s journal of a governess.(Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1969. 2 vol.)

Vickery, Amanda, The Gentleman’s Daughter. Women’s Lives in Georgian England, (New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 1997)

note: Mrs Stock nee Weeton was 48 years old when she visited Wales. She lived at Prescot [near Liverpool] and had a daughter, Mary. She was known as Mrs Stock, but was clearly separated from her husband. She wrote the diary in the hope that her daughter would read it one day and there is at least one bit of advice for her on p. 384. It appears that she travelled completely alone, which was very unusual.

 

Atherton, Anne

date of tour: 1825

title: Diary of a Tour in N. Wales and N. Cardiganshire

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 20366 B

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Spurrett, Eliza,

date of tour: 1825

location of manuscript: Leicestershire Record Office, 7D54/2/1

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Jones, Elizabeth

home address: Norwood.

date of tour: 1825

location of manuscript: NLW, Historical and descriptive accounts of the ancient and present

state of Tintern Abbey; with a variety of other particulars, deserving the stranger’s notice, relating to that much admired ruin, and its neighbourhood… / Collected from original papers and unquestionable authorities by Charles Heath.

note: Date of visit noted in Charles Heath’s guide books to Tintern (10th edition), Chepstow (7th edition (1821) and Ragland (10th edition, (1825), all bound in one volume. She visited Gloucester on 18.10. 1825; Raglan Castle on 22.10.1825, Newland and Redbrook (Gloucestershire?) on 27.10.1825; Tintern and Chepstow on 29.10.1825 and Bristol from 9.11.1825 – 11.11.1825. This is unusually late in the year to make such a visit. There are no other annotations in the volume.

 

Parry, Harriet,

date of tour: 1825

location of manuscript: British Library, add. mss. 62945b (but this tour is to Scotland).

note: A ribbon map, on a long roll, including sketches of all the places visited.

Includes Chester, but nowhere in Wales. Compiled by Harriet E. Parry, of Speen Hill, Newbury, co. Berk.; 1819, 1825

 

Elwes, Susan,

date of tour: 1826

location of manuscript: Norfolk Record Office, HMN 5/34

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Ernst, Elizabeth,

date of tour: 1826

location of manuscript: Somerset Record Office, DD/SWD/7

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Gaskell, Elizabeth, (1810-1865)

date of tour: 1827

location of manuscript: NLW Holland papers 4983

Chapple, John, Elizabeth Gaskell, The Early Years (1997, 2009), pp. 288-289; p. 295, note 18,

Jones, R. Merfyn, No Barrier against Agony, Elizabeth Gaskell’s north Wales, Journal of the Merionethshire Historical and Record Society, vol. 11, no. 3, (1992),

note: Said to have stayed in Aberystwyth October-December, 1827 to learn Welsh, but I couldn’t find mention of this in this source. A letter refers to a very happy month in Aber [between Bangor and Conwy] ‘with 17 aunts, cousins and such like. She also spent two weeks at Plas Brereton, either at the same time or on a different occasion.

 

Bagot, Eleanor,

date of tour: 1827

title: Journal on a Visit from Blithfield to North Wales

location of manuscript: NLW Bagot MSS, Bachymbyd collection, Uncatalogued

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Thomas, Maria Elizabeth,

date of tour: 1827

title: Journals of a tour in Wales and the English Midlands

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 21839 B; 21840 B

note: Journals of a tour in Wales and the English Midlands [1827], and in Ireland, 1826,

Transcribed by E. Pitman (part, difficult to read)

 

Beecroft, Mrs Judith (1762-1844)

home address: Tombland, Norwich ?

accompanied by : Beecroft, Laura, (daughter)

date of tour: 1827

title: Diary of a Tour

location of manuscript: Cardiff Central Library, MS 2.325

location of manuscript: NLW microfilm

Extract in Williams, H., Stage Coaches in Wales, (Barry : 1977)

The author of the original ms is not identified, but the handwriting is the same as Journal of a Tour to Scotland in the Summer of 1824 (National Library of Scotland, mss 10733) and Mrs and Miss Beecroft’s third tour of Scotland, 1833 (National Library of Scotland, mss 1674).

Judith Beecroft’s Account Book, 1781-1842, is Norfolk Record Office MC 1992/1.898XI

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Rand / Read?, Elizabeth,

accompanied by : Haselfoot, Mr

date of tour: 1827

places visited: Clifton & Devil’s Bridge & Aberystwyth & Dolgellau & Cader Idris & Barmouth & Menai Bridge & Ludlow & Worcester & Clifton

location of manuscript: National Museum of Wales, 207044

note: Travelled long distances each day in a carriage (illustrated), staying mostly for one night only. Started at Clifton,

 

Smith, Susan, (or Susannah)

accompanied by : Mayo, Lord

accompanied by : Mayo, Lady

date of tour: 1828

places visited: Llangollen

note: Susan Smith (widow of Thomas Smith, of Bersted Lodge); who travelled with her sister and brother-in-law Lord and Lady Mayo, en route to the Earl’s home in Ireland.

 

?, Susan and Ellen,

date of tour: 1829

location of manuscript: Jersey Record Office, L/C/68/J/2

note: Very difficult to read

 

Bradley, Greene, Mrs

date of tour: 1830=1831

location of manuscript: Lancashire Record Office, DDGrF1

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Prince, Elizabeth

editor : Hall, Edward,

date of tour: 1830

location of manuscript: Wigan Record Office, EHC15/M783

 

Aldam, Isabella,

date of tour: 1830

location of manuscript: Doncaster Archives, DD/WA/D/43

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Sayer, Frances, (later Gatty) (1803-1875)

date of tour: 1830

location of manuscript: East Sussex Record Office, SAY 3401

note: Travel journal of Frances Sayer, Aug – Sep 1830, with account of her trip to north Wales, proceeding to Dublin and county Wicklow, Ireland, and returning to Shrewsbury, Shropshire, again via north Wales; describes Dublin and the surrounding country in the most detail; otherwise notes characteristic features of the towns visited, but described the Welsh scenery fully. The text SAY/3401/folios 1-30; Account of some Welsh vocabulary and expressions SAY/3401/folio 34r ; Sketch of the route taken in Wales SAY/3401/folio 35v.

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Kenrick, Sarah,

date of tour: 22.12.1830

note: date of letter : 22.12.1830

location of manuscript: Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies Service, CR 147/10

note: Letter from Sarah Kenrick to her sister concerning the coming wedding of her son Samuel to Hannah Edwards. Describes the tour which the young couple were to make in N. Wales before returning to their own home in Whitchurch. [Summary] ‘Dear Sister, Hannah is to marry my son, Samuel today at Barn Hill. They are going by stage to Chester and Holywell distant about a mile from the Collieries at Bagillt to show her the works in operation then to Conwy, Bangor and return

on Friday through Capel Curig, Cernogie, Corwen and Llangollen.

 

Rushout, Anne, Hon (1768-1849)

note: Anne Rushout was the daughter of John, 1st Baron Northwick of Northwick

Park, Worcestershire.

Age when toured : 62

date of tour: 1830

note: distance travelled : 755

note: dates of tour in Wales : 30.8.1830 – 9.9.1830

places visited: Stour Lodge & Wolverhampton & Penkridge & Stafford & Uttoxeter & Ashbourne & Elton & Ashbourne & Matlock & Chatsworth & Buxton & Bullocks Spithy & Manchester & Irlam & Waddington & Prescott & Liverpool& Chester & Holywell & St Asaph & Gwrych by Abergele & Conwy & Penrhyn & Penrhyn castle & Menai Bridge & Plas Newydd & Beaumaris & Mona [Anglesey] & Alma & Penrhyn & Caernarfon & Dolbadarn & Llanberis & Caernarfon & Beddgelert & Capel Curig & Llanrwst & Cernioge & Corwen & Llangollen & Oswestry & Shrewsbury & Church Stratton & Ludlow & Burford

title: Diary

location of manuscript: University of London (Senate House Library) MS682/3

note: Volumes of a journal probably written between 1828-1852, chiefly in the hand of Anne Rushout. Many of the diary volumes are of a spiritual nature as well as domestic and international travel. Some volumes are indexed.

 

Wedgwood, Fanny,

date of tour: 1831

location of manuscript: Wedgwood Museum,

 

Williams, Hannah,

home address: Tenbury Wells

date of tour: 1831

title: Journey through Shropshire, Wales, Ireland & Lancashire, 1831

location of manuscript: Worcestershire Record Office, BA 9522

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Gaskell, Elizabeth, (1810-1865)

date of tour: 1832

Chapple, John, Elizabeth Gaskell, The Early Years (1997, 2009), pp. 307, 428

Gaskell Society Newsletter, IX, March, 1990, pp. 5-7

Jones, R. Merfyn, No Barrier against Agony, Elizabeth Gaskell’s north Wales, Journal of the Merionethshire Historical and Record Society, vol. 11, no. 3, (1992),

note: Spent her honeymoon at Plas Penrhyn, near Penrhyndeudraeth, home of her

cousin Samuel Holland (1803-1892) and at Aber.

 

Walsh, Jane, (wife of John, 1st Lord Ormathwaite)

accompanied by : Walsh, John,

date of tour: 1833 (September to October)

places visited: Aberystwyth

title: [Visit to Aberystwyth]

location of manuscript: NLW Ormathwaite papers, G45, (ff. 58-67)

note: Letters, 1833, from Lady Jane Walsh to Lady Margaret Walsh, including letters whilst on holiday in Aberystwyth, Sept-Oct, 1833

 

Elwes, Susan,

date of tour: 1833

location of manuscript: Norfolk Record Office, HMN 5/34

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Anon,

date of tour: 1833

title: [Travel diary]

location of manuscript: Wigan Record Office, EHC96/M864

http://www.wlct.org/heritage-services/arc-eh3.pdf (full transcription on line)

 

Sanders, Laura Elizabeth,

date of tour: 1835

places visited: Bristol & Old Passage & Monmouth & Hereford & Ludlow & Welshpool & Llangollen & north Wales & Conway & Bangor & Caernarfon & Llanberis & Snowdon & Beddgelert & Harlech & Barmouth & Dolgellau & Aberystwyth & Talgarth & Machynlleth & Hafod & Devil’s Bridge & Brecon & Crickhowell & Raglan & Bristol

title: Sketches in Wales [mostly pictures]

location of manuscript: Hereford Library, Pilley collection, no 1387

 

Darby, Hannah, (1783-1860)

date of tour: 1836

note: Hannah Darby, (née Grant) wife of Francis Darby

location of manuscript: Ironbridge Gorge Museum Library and Archives, Lab/HD/3/1

note: Diary of Hannah Darby’s Journey into Wales

 

Williams, Esther Phillips,

date of tour: 1836

title: Tour into Glamorganshire and South Wales

location of manuscript: Cardiff Central Library, MS 1.521

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Hoper, Mary Ann, and Hoper, George,

date of tour: 1836

location of manuscript: East Sussex Record Office, HOP/39

note: 4 Letters from Mary Ann and George Hoper at Clifton, Brecon, Tan y Bwlch and Shrewsbury to their father describing their journey to and tour of Wales which included visits to iron works at Merthyr and copper works at Neath.

 

Bower, Elizabeth Syndercombe,

date of tour: 1837

title: [Tour of Wales]

location of manuscript: Dorset Archives, D.1/KW 209

Pitman, Liz, Pigsties and Paradise, Lady Diarists and the Tour of Wales, 1795-1860, pp. 114-122

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Kenyon, Louisa Charlotte,

date of tour: 1837

places visited: Dyfed & Glamorgan & Gwent

location of manuscript: Shropshire Record Office 549/285

Pitman, Elizabeth, Two Shropshire Women in Wales: The Travel Diaries of Katherine Plymley and Louisa Charlotte Kenyon, Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society, vol. 77, (2002), pp. 102-109

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

McKeand, Hannah,

date of tour: 1838

location of manuscript: Bolton Archive and Local Studies Service ZHE/34/22

note: Hannah McKeand, Southport, to R.H. Description of tour through North Wales, via Liverpool and Chester; medical treatment 21 Oct 1838

 

Hibbert, Mary Anne,

date of tour: 1838 = 1840

location of manuscript: Gloucestershire Record Office, D1799/F329

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Green, Fanny,

date of tour: 1838

location of manuscript: Swansea University, Wishart Collection. Number 23

note: Personal album and scrapbook containing pen-and-ink, pencil and water-colour sketches.

note: Drawings of: The Lodge the seat of E Long esq; The farm Larkinhope nr Knighton; Heathfield House, Swansea; The Rock House Llandrindod; Passage house Llandrindod. Prints of: Penmaenmawr; scene at Pen-y-cerrig

 

Kenyon, Louisa Charlotte,

date of tour: 1839

places visited: Clwyd & Gwynedd

title: [Tour of Wales]

location of manuscript: Shropshire Record Office 549/286

Pitman, Elizabeth, Two Shropshire Women in Wales: The Travel Diaries of Katherine Plymley and Louisa Charlotte Kenyon, Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society, vol. 77, (2002), pp. 102-109

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Weston, Elizabeth, (1794-1878)

home address: Brixworth, Northamptonshire

accompanied by : Weston, Jane,

accompanied by : Hewitt, Robert Henry,

home address: Dodford, Northamptonshire

date of tour: 1840

note: dates of tour : 11.7.1848 – 8.8.1848

places visited: Chester & Conwy & Bangor & Beaumaris & Ynnys Llanddwyn & Ffestiniog & Beddgelert & Dolbadarn & Caernarfon & Liverpool

location of manuscript: NLW MS 24034B

note: Journal of a tour of North Wales and the North of England, 11 July-8 August 1848, by the sisters E[lizabeth] and Jane Weston of Brixworth, Northamptonshire, and their nephew R[obert] Henry Hewitt of Dodford, Northamptonshire

note: Writes about the problems of accommodation, the rain, time spent with friends, the practicalities of the tour and a little about the landscape.

 

Howden, Eleanor,

date of tour: 1840 == 1849

title: [Tour of North Wales]

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 11577 D No. 83

note: Letters written to A. C. Ramsay by Eleanor Howden, [Edinburgh] and Bangor on an account of a tour of North Wales.

note: Left Edinburgh, stayed at Liverpool with a friend, then steamer to Bangor Ferry, Bangor, Conwy, Caernarfon where they planned to stay a week or 10 days, saw Penrhyn Castle and slate quarries before going to Capel Curig, Llanberis, Snowdon and the Vale of Llangollen.

 

Spurrett, Eliza,

date of tour: 1841

location of manuscript: Leicestershire Record Office, 7D54/2/3

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Frankland Lewis, Harriet,

accompanied by : Lewis, Thomas Frankland, Sir (1780-1855)

date of tour: 1843

title: [Tours]

CATEGORY: mss, tour

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 16582C and 16 others

note: A series of seventeen notebooks which contain journals of tours, April 1841-November 1863, through France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and the Rhine, South and Mid Wales (in 1843), Belgium, Bohemia (including what is now parts of the Czech Republic), parts of England, Scotland, and the Tyrol. There are accounts of landmarks and places of note throughout, together with frequent social comments.

note: This is an account of Lady Harriet Frankland Lewis’ tour of south Wales with her husband, Sir Thomas Frankland Lewis, chair of the commission of enquiry into the Rebecca Riots (she appears to refer to him as Mr L). The route was controlled by his need to attend Commissioners’ meetings at various towns in south Wales. Lady Harriet spent time with gentry families whom she knew. Much of the diary records the time she spent with those families. She began each day’s entry with a comment on the weather.

 

Darby, Adelaid (1817-1899), Quaker

home address: Coalbrookdale

date of tour: 1843

location of manuscript: Labouchere, Rachel, (transcriber), Thomas, Emyr, (ed.), Adelaide Darby

of Coalbrookdale : her private journal from 1833-1861, especially pp. 153-154

note: Adelaid Darby (1817-1899), daughter of Francis Darby (son of Abraham Darby III) and Hannah Grant. Married Henry Whitmore, MP in 1852. She visited Wales several times, attending Quaker meetings including the yearly and quarterly meetings and visiting Friends. Adelaid made a pleasure tour of the Lake district and Scotland in 1842 made a tour of Wales in 1843 when she visited Welshpool, Newtown, Llanidloes, Devil’s Bridge, Hafod, Aberystwyth, Dolgellau, and back via

Welshpool and Mallwyd between the 12th and 21st September.

 

Hall, Ellen, (1822-1911)

Age when toured : 22

date of tour: 1844

places visited: Birmingham & Shrewsbury & Oswestry & Capel Curig & Llanberis & Snowdon & Caernarfon & Holyhead & Ireland

location of manuscript: Bromley Public Libraries, Local Studies and Archives, 855/F3/3, pp. 137-144

note: Diary of Ellen Hall of trip to Ireland via Shrewsbury to Holyhead. She was not accompanied by Emily on this trip. She climbed Snowdon

 

Darby, Matilda, (Quaker)

date of tour: 23.8.1844

note: Matilda Darby 1809-1903 wife of Abraham Darby IV

note: date of letter : 23.8.1844

location of manuscript: Ironbridge Gorge Museum Library and Archives, Lab/MTD/7/4

note: Headed Tuesday morning; Visit by two gentlemen named Christy, Richard and Alexander. They returned next day with their sister, Rebecca (who later married Alfred I) Matilda comments that they were all very elegant and fashionable. They visited the Wrekin together (interesting account given) and also toured the Works, before journeying on to South Wales (incomplete) 23.8.1844

 

Rolls, Elizabeth M., (nee Long) (1813-)

Age when toured : 31

accompanied by : Rolls, John Etherington Welch, (son of John Rolls II, and

husband of Elizabeth) (1807-1870)

accompanied by : Rolls, Alexander, (son of John Rolls II)

accompanied by : Rolls, Kate, (wife of Alexander Rolls)

date of tour: 1844

note: dates of tour in Wales : 15.4.1844 – 13.5.1844

location of manuscript: Gwent Record Office, D361.F/P.4.57

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Spurrett, Eliza,

date of tour: 1844

location of manuscript: Leicestershire Record Office, 7D54/2/3

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Gaskell, Elizabeth, (1810- 1865)

date of tour: 1845

Chapple, John, Elizabeth Gaskell, The Early Years (1997, 2009), p. 324-325

Jones, R. Merfyn, No Barrier against Agony, Elizabeth Gaskell’s north Wales, Journal of the Merionethshire Historical and Record Society, vol. 11, no. 3, (1992),

note: Elizabeth and her husband William were on holiday in north Wales with their daughter Marianne and infant son William. They stayed at the inn at Ffestiniog where Marianne caught scarlet fever. They moved on to Porthmadoc where William died of the disease on the 10th August, 1845

 

Vesey, Mrs

date of tour: 1845 (pre)

Mavor, Elizabeth, The Ladies of Llangollen, p. 41

note: Travelled through Wales with Mrs Hancock. Complained that the new turnpike road in north Wales had already ruined the charms of the thrilling journey between Dublin and London

 

Gaskell, Elizabeth, (1810-1865)

date of tour: 1846 (or 1848)

location of manuscript: NLW Holland papers 4983

Jones, R. Merfyn, No Barrier against Agony, Elizabeth Gaskell’s north Wales, Journal of the Merionethshire Historical and Record Society, vol. 11, no. 3, (1992),

 

North, Susan, Lady

date of tour: 1846

location of manuscript: NLW BUTE ESTATE (2), L22/111-138 (11 letters)

note: Lady Susan North wrote to her brother Lord Bute in Scotland during her tour in Wales from Ross, Herefordshire, Monmouth, Rhayadr, Aberystwyth. They stayed at Beaumaris for a month and visited Penrhyn Castle, Caernarfonshire and Baron Hill, Anglesey, August-September, 1846.

note: Accompanied by John (Husband?) and Willie (son).

note: The letters are brief and are mostly concerned with thanks for letters received from Lord Bute, and family matters. The handwriting is normally very large (was Lord Bute nearly blind?), but some is in smaller handwriting with the request that Bute’s wife reads them to him.

 

Coates, Elizabeth,

date of tour: 1846

places visited: Monmouth

location of manuscript: Gloucestershire Record Office, D3180/1

 

Dovaston, S., Miss

date of tour: 1846

title: A Few Remarks on a tour to Shropshire and north Wales

location of manuscript: Cardiff Central Library, MS 3.149

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Kenyon, Louisa Charlotte,

date of tour: 1847 (about)

places visited: Clwyd

location of manuscript: Shropshire Record Office, 549/291

Pitman, Elizabeth, Two Shropshire Women in Wales: The Travel Diaries of Katherine Plymley and Louisa Charlotte Kenyon, Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society, vol. 77, (2002), pp. 102-109

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Hall, Ellen (1822-1911)

Age when toured : 25

date of tour: 1847

location of manuscript: Bromley Public Libraries, Local Studies and Archives, 855/F3/4, pp.

191-244

Mills, A.R., The Halls of Ravenswood, (1967), pp. 3-8

note: Diary of Ellen Hall including a tour of Wales, July to November, 1847, from Chepstow to Llandudno with her father and sister Emily.

 

Hall, Emily (1819-1901)

Age when toured : 28

date of tour: 1847

location of manuscript: Bromley Public Libraries, Local Studies and Archives, 855/F2/5, pp. 158-218

Mills, A.R., The Halls of Ravenswood, (1967), pp. 3-8

note: Diary of Emily Hall including a tour of Wales July to November, 1847, from Chepstow to Llandudno with her father and sister Ellen

note: Neither Bromley nor Kent Archives have any record of Emily Hall’s paintings

 

Brooks, Mary Ann, (1822-1848)

home address: Flitwick

date of tour: 1847

location of manuscript: Bedfordshire Record Office, LL 19/2

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Blanchard, Jane,

date of tour: 1847

title: Diary of Journey into Wales

location of manuscript: Private

 

Gaskell, Elizabeth, (1810- 1865)

date of tour: 1848

Chapple, John, Elizabeth Gaskell, The Early Years (1997, 2009), p. 308

Jones, R. Merfyn, No Barrier against Agony, Elizabeth Gaskell’s north Wales, Journal of the Merionethshire Historical and Record Society, vol. 11, no. 3, (1992),

note: Brief account of a visit to Wales (staying with cousins)

 

Hibbert, Mary Anne,

date of tour: 1849

location of manuscript: Gloucestershire Record Office, D1799/F334

Pitman, Liz, Pigsties and Paradise, Lady Diarists and the Tour of Wales, 1795-1860, pp. 84-98

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Couthope, Frances,

date of tour: 1849=1849

location of manuscript: Private

 

Symonds, Fanny,

date of tour: 1850

location of manuscript: Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, mss. Don e.143

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Hall, Ellen, (1822-1911)

Age when toured : 28

date of tour: 1850

places visited: Swansea

location of manuscript: Bromley Public Libraries, Local Studies and Archives, 855/F3/5, pp. 368-391

Mills, A.R., The Halls of Ravenswood, (1967), pp. 44-45

note: Diaries of Ellen and Emily Hall who went with their papa on a visit to Swansea, August to September, 1850 to stay with their brother Sydney Hall and his wife Cornelia.

 

Hall, Emily, (1819-1901)

Age when toured : 31

date of tour: 1850

location of manuscript: Bromley Public Libraries, Local Studies and Archives, 855/F2/6, pp. 282-315

A2A 7.2.2010, (tour, Wales)

Mills, A.R., The Halls of Ravenswood, (1967), pp. 44-45

note: Diary of Emily Hall of a trip to Swansea, August to September, 1850,

note: Neither Bromley nor Kent Archives have any record of Emily Hall’s paintings

 

Rolls, Georgiana Marcia, (alternative name : Llangattock, Lady?)

home address: The Hendre

note: mother of C.S. Rolls (aviator)

date of tour: 1851

location of manuscript: Gwent Record Office, D361.F/P.8.112

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Grantham / Langrish

date of tour: 1854 (1853?)

location of manuscript: East Sussex Record Office, A489

 

Wynne, Frances Elizabeth (1836-1907)

home address: Voelas Yspytty, Denbighshire, Wales (birth place)

date of tour: 1854-1901

location of manuscript: NLW

note: 8 drawing volumes DV307-314. There are a total of about 1850 images dated

1854-1901

 

Fox, Caroline (1819-1871)

home address: Pengerrick, Falmouth, Cornwall

date of tour: 1854

places visited: Llandrindod

Life and Letters of Rowland Williams, D.D., edited by his wife, 2 vols., (London : Henry S. King, 1874), pp.

Fox, Caroline (1881) Memories of Old Friends Caroline Fox of Penjerrick, Cornwall (edited by H. N. Pym, 1881; 2nd edition, 1882).

Fox, Caroline (1972). The journals of Caroline Fox, 1835-1871: a selection, edited by Wendy Monk. London

note: Caroline Fox met Dr Rowland Williams at Llandrindod in 1854. Her journal was published in 1881, but Williams’ wife quoted from Caroline’s journal in her biography of her husband in 1874.

note: Caroline Fox kept a journal from 1835 to 1871

 

Hodgson, Annie,

date of tour: 1855

title: Tour of England and Wales

location of manuscript: Cardiff Central Library, MS 3.248 (2 vols)

location of manuscript: NLW Microfilm

 

Hibbert, Sarah,

date of tour: 1855

location of manuscript: Gloucestershire Record Office, D1799/F355

 

Hobhouse, Charlotte Mary,

date of tour: 1855

title: [tour of Wales]

location of manuscript: Wiltshire and Swindon Archives, 112/2/7

Transcribed from photocopy in E Pitman collection

 

Hall, Ellen, (1822-1911)

Age when toured : 33

date of tour: 1855

places visited: Worcester & Hereford & Welshpool & Machynlleth & Ynysymaengwyn &

Barmouth & Caernarfon & Holyhead & Bangor & Chester & Glasgow

location of manuscript: Bromley Public Libraries, Local Studies and Archives, 855/F3/7, pp.

140-159

Mills, A.R., The Halls of Ravenswood, (1967), p. 127

note: Daily diary of Ellen Hall, August to October, 1855. Travelled partly by train and coach. She stayed with friends (Mr Cameron) at Ynysymaengwyn for 2 weeks, then to north Wales where she stayed with Mr Williams at the rectory near Holyhead for 5 days, then on to Chester on route to Glasgow.

 

Philips, Ellen Laetitia,

date of tour: 1856

location of manuscript: Gloucestershire Archives, D1799/F368-416

note: Family affairs (detailed), and includes tours to Lake District (1842) and Wales (1856).

 

Hibbert, Mary Anne,

date of tour: 1856 = 1858

location of manuscript: Gloucestershire Record Office, D1799/F337

location of manuscript: Gloucestershire Record Office, 112/2/7

Pitman, Liz, Pigsties and Paradise, Lady Diarists and the Tour of Wales, 1795-1860, pp. 84-98

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Anon,

date of tour: 1857

note: dates of tour : 6.8.1857 – 10.9.1857

title: Journal of a Tour through North Wales

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 20719 A

note: Well written and amusing account by one of four unidentified women from London who travelled together with their man servant (Everson) and a dog (Grip).

note: Includes various prints exactly placed so the title of the print forms part of the text

 

Edgell, Maria Frances Wyatt, (-1879)

accompanied by : Edgell, Louisa Elizabeth,

date of tour: 1857

places visited: Anglesey & Plas Newydd & Caernarvon & Lake Ogwen & Llanberis & Beddgelert

location of manuscript: Surrey Record Office, 2088/8

 

Hibbert, Mary Anne,

date of tour: 1858

location of manuscript: Gloucestershire Record Office, D1799/F337

Pitman, Liz, Pigsties and Paradise, Lady Diarists and the Tour of Wales, 1795-1860, pp. 84-98

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Rouse-Broughton, Frederica St John (1838-1928)

date of tour: 1860

places visited: Llangollen & Dolgellau & Barmouth

title: Our Fortnight in Wales

CATEGORY: mss, tour

location of manuscript: Bedfordshire Record Office, OR 2244/5a

Pitman, Liz, Pigsties and Paradise, Lady Diarists and the Tour of Wales, 1795-1860, pp. 123-138

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Anon,

date of tour: 1860

title: An Account of a Tour through Wales and a visit to Cambridge, 1860

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 6266 B

note: A journal of a tour through parts of Wales, July-August, 1860, and of a visit to Cambridge, May, 1860.

 

Anon,

date of tour: 1860

note: dates of tour : 18.8.1860 – 30.9.1860

title: Tour of North Wales, 1860

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 23538B

note: A journal describing a tour in North Wales, preceded by a visit to London and Oxford, 18 August – 30 September 1860, by an unidentified lady, a resident of Boughspring, Tidenham, co. Gloucester; the journal is illustrated with engravings and pressed plants.

 

Southall, Isabel,

date of tour: 1860 (about)

location of manuscript: Wiltshire and Swindon Archives, 1498/19

note: Travel diary of Isabel Southall through Cheshire and North Wales and down the Cambrian coast.

 

Rouse-Broughton, Frederica St John (1838-1928)

date of tour: 1860 ?

location of manuscript: Bedfordshire Record Office, OR 2244/5b

note: List of distances between places in North Wales

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Stratton, Gertrude, J.

date of tour: 1865

title: Journal of a tour of Chester and North Wales

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 21992

note: Journal of Gertrude J. Stratton describing a tour of Chester and North Wales, August-September 1865, illustrated with contemporary engravings

 

artist : Rouse-Broughton, Frederica St John, ? (1838-1928)

married name : Orlebar, Frederica St John, ?

date of tour: 1866 == 1899

location of manuscript: Bedfordshire Record Office, OR 2337/4

note: Sketch book of Wales and other places possibly by Frederica St John Rouse-Broughton (later Orlebar).

note: None of the sketches have titles. Includes sketches of cottage with 2 people and sheep on a road and man on horseback with a child trying to sell something both of which could be of Wales.

 

Thornhill, Henrietta,

home address: Lyston (Liston) Hall, (north of Braintree on the Essex Suffolk border)

date of tour: 1867

places visited: Llangollen & Bala & Dolgelly & Tan-y-Bwlch & Capel Curig &

Bangor & Chester

title: [Tour of Wales]

location of manuscript: Lambeth Archives Department, Diaries of Henrietta Thornhill, IV/81/4

note: A daily diary for the years 1864-1879. It records at trip to Wales by Henrietta when she was 20 with members of her family and friends from 7th August to 24th September 1867, travelling by train and horse drawn vehicle (sketching, fishing, walking, boating & climbing). Many small sketches are included within in the script including one of a man and woman wearing a Welsh hat on horseback.

 

Adderley, Isabel,

date of tour: 1868

location of manuscript: Derbyshire Record Office, D2375NV180/20

 

Fuller, Juliana,

date of tour: 1868

location of manuscript: Wigan Record Office, EHC195/M993

 

Starey, Emily, (1851-1924)

home address: Highgate

date of tour: 1874

location of manuscript: Bedfordshire Record Office, SY 235

 

Allen, Rachel M.,

date of tour: 1877

places visited: Dyfed & Gwent

location of manuscript: Pembrokeshire Record Office, MS HDX/132/2

Transcribed by E. Pitman

 

Billson, Theodora; Billson, Mabel; Billson, Edgar

date of tour: 1877=1898

title: Diary of Journeys including North Wales

location of manuscript: NLW mss. 5644 B

note: A journal, 1877-1898, of tours in Yorkshire, Westmorland and North Wales written by Theodora, Mabel and Edgar Billson, and illustrated with photographs.

note: Brief journey (90 miles) from Birkenhead to Esgair (near Llwyngwern, Corris?)in August, 1888

 

Southall, Louisa,

date of tour: 1880=1895

note: Letters from Louisa to Henry Southall, 1880-1895

 

Bourne, Faith,

Orlebar, Faith, (married name)

date of tour: 1883

places visited: Abercamlais

location of manuscript: Bedfordshire Record Office, OR 2334/1

note: Continuous diary of a young woman. Includes visit to Abercamlais via Wroxeter for a few days in August, 1883

 

Byron, Margaret Alice, ()

date of tour: 1886=1887

location of manuscript: Nottinghamshire Archives Service, DD794/1-3

 

 

 

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