Journal a window on lives of well-off 19th century family
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The Children’s Journal, 1864-1909
for her children. It is a fascinating snapshot of an influential, affluent family in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but is particularly interesting for the information it gives about the lives of the children as they grow into adulthood and their relationships with a number of well-known public figures from the time.
The Grenfells were related to several noble families, including the Cavendishes (Dukes of Devonshire and Lords Chesham).
Charles William Grenfell and Georgiana Caroline Lascelles had six children, whose photographs are all included at the start of the journal. It records their upbringing: school and university or the army for the four boys and education at home until their debuts into society for the girls.
Newspaper cuttings, photographs, watercolours and sketches by the children are all included.
MP William Henry was the most prominent of the children. He was president of the Olympic Games in London in 1908, as well as the Marylebone Cricket Club and the Lawn Tennis Association. In 1905 he was ennobled as Baron Desborough of Taplow. He was married to Ethel Fane, a well-known society hostess.
CHRIS LOW, ARCHIVIST