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

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