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NEW BOOK Honeywood - a short history Click HERE for details

This page is dedicated to gifts and publications provided for sale in the Museum's Shop by The Friends of Honeywood Museum - 100% of the proceeds from our sales benefit the Museum.

We regret that we are unable to take orders for these items on-line - however, should you wish to reserve an item for collection from the Museum, please contact them on 020 8770 4297 - we equally regret we are currently unable to accept payment, either over the 'phone or at the shop, by debit / credit cards and payment is by way of cash only. We hope to be in a position to accept debit /credit cards in 2014.

MAPS

Alan Godfrey’s Old Ordnance Survey Maps - Carshalton (South) MAP1

£2.50

Surrey Sheet 13.16 Carshalton (South) 1895 - published 2002; introduction by John W Brown

This detailed map covers the southern part of Carshalton and Wallington. A small portion of Carshalton, around Carshalton Hill, is in the NW corner, and coverage continues eastward to Manor Road and Wallington station. Between them is Carshalton Park. At the foot of the map is the hamlet of Carshalton-on-the-Hill where the absence of gas and water brought Mr Sligg's development to an abrupt halt. Barrow Hedges is in the SW corner, Woodcote Hill in the SE. Directories for Carshalton Road, Manor Road and Pound Street are on the reverse. Crohamhurst. On the reverse are street entries for Brighton Road, Bynes Road, Croham Road, Crunden Road, Haling Road, Sanderstead Road, Selsdon Road.

The map links up with Surrey Sheet 13.12 Carshalton to the north, 13.15 Sutton to the west, 14.13 South Beddington to the east.

Alan Godfrey’s Old Ordnance Survey Maps - Carshalton & North Wallington MAP2

£2.50

Surrey Sheet 13.12 Carshalton & North Wallington 1910 - published 2012; introduction by Richard Oliver contains an acknowledgement of The Friends of Honeywood and our own John Phillips

This detailed map covers the centre of Carshalton, with coverage stretching northward to Hackbridge and eastward to north Wallington.

Features include railway with Carshalton and Hackbridge stations, All Saints church, Holy Trinity church Wallington, Three Arch Bridge, Wallington Bridge, Wallington Corner, Manor House, River Wandle, Hackbridge Mills, Water Mills, Carshalton House, tramway and depot, The Wrythe, St Andrew's church, watercress beds etc. The reverse includes extracts from a 1903 directory of Carshalton.

The map links up with Surrey Sheet 13.08 Beddington Corner to the north, 14.09 Beddington to the east, 13.16 Carshalton South to the south.

Alan Godfrey’s Old Ordnance Survey Maps -  Sutton MAP3

£2.50

Surrey Sheet 13.15 Sutton 1895 - published 1999; introduction by John W Brown

This detailed map covers the centre and southern area of Sutton, an area stretching from West Street southward along the High Street and then Brighton Road to Egmont Road and Sutton Farm. Coverage also extends westward to Lower Cheam, the Manor House and Cheam station. Features include Sutton station, St Nicholas parish church, Lower Cheam House (built in 1800 on the site of East Cheam Manor House), Sutton Public Hall. The boundary between Cheam and Sutton runs north-south down the map, and east of this numerous streets reflect Sutton's growth. Street directories for Carshalton Road, Cavendish Road, Cedar Road, Cheam Road, Grange Road, Grove Road and High Street are on the reverse.

 The map links up with Surrey Sheet  13.16 Carshalton South to the east.

Alan Godfrey’s Old Ordnance Survey Maps - Beddington & Waddon MAP4

£2.50

Surrey Sheet 14.09 Beddington & Waddon 1911 - published 1998; introduction by John W Brown

This detailed map covers the area west of Croydon which includes Beddington village and Waddon, with coverage stretching from Beddington Park eastward to Vicarage Road, Waddon. Features include St Mary's church, Beddington House, cemetery, Royal Female Orphan Asylum, River Wandle, Waddon Mills with Waddon Marsh New Siding, Wandle Mills, Croydon Sewage Works, part of Wandle Park, Waddon Lodge, Paragon Works, Waddon Court (whose 18th century occupant, John Parker, rode around the village each morning accompanied by a monkey dressed in fine clothes), Croydon Gas Works. There are street directories for Beddington Lane, Bute Road, Church Lane, Croydon Road, Demesne Road, Guy Road, Wandle Road; plus a railway timetable for the Croydon-Wimbledon line in 1908.

The map links up with Surrey Sheet 13.12 Carshalton to the west.

Alan Godfrey’s Old Ordnance Survey Maps - Beddington MAP5

£2.50

Surrey Sheet 13.08 Beddington Corner 1894 - published 1998; introduction by John W Brown

"The River Wandle runs north to south through the centre of this map and most of the development of the area has taken place along its banks. The river provided the energy to turn the water wheels which powered the various mills and works which were established along the Wandle, many of which date from the 18th century." So begins John Brown's introduction to the map. The works include Eagle Leather Works, Wandle Tannery, Mitcham Leather Works, and there are also various watercress beds. The community of Beddington Corner is shown in a state of construction with roads such as Wolseley Road,Wood Street and New Road partly built. The London Road runs north-south and almost parallel is the railway; Mitcham Junction station is at the top of the map. The map extends west to Greenwrythe Lane, and Ravensbury Park is in the NW corner. Tramway Terrace is a reminder of the earlier Surrey Iron Railway.

The map links up with Surrey Sheet 13.12 Carshalton to the south.

Alan Godfrey’s Old Ordnance Survey Maps – South Beddington – MAP6

£2.50

Surrey Sheet 14.13 South Beddington 1911 - published 1998; introduction by John W Brown

South Beddington, which is on the west side of this map, was developed in the late 19th century on land formerly known as Windmill Hill or Windmill Fields. It is shown here with development well advanced, west of Sandy Lane. Stafford Road crosses the map, as does a section of the Croydon-Epsom line, including Bandon Halt, at Bandonhill. Plough Lane runs north-south through the centre of the map, and further east is Coldharbour Lane. On the reverse are street entries for Blenheim Gardens, Elgin Road, Francis Road, Hillside Gardens, Marchmont Road, Stafford Road, St Michael's Road.

The map links up with Surrey Sheet 14.09 Beddington & Waddon to the north, 13.16 South Carshalton to the west.

Alan Godfrey’s Old Ordnance Survey Maps - Croydon (Mitcham Road) MAP7

£2.50

Surrey Sheet 14.05 Croydon (Mitcham Road) 1911 - published 1998; introduction by John W Brown

This map covers the NW area of Croydon around the Mitcham Road which runs NW-SE across the map. East of this is suburban development to the London Road, including Canterbury Road, Sutherland Road, Thornton Road and adjacent streets, together with Mitcham Road Cemetery. To the west is a more rural scene, with the Croydon-Wimbledon railway, including Beddington Lane station; Croydon fever hospital; a dog sanatorium; and Beddington Lane. Beddington Sewage Farm is at the west of the map. Other features include a tram depot and a peppermint & lavender distillery.

The map links up with Surrey Sheets 13.08 Beddington Corner to the west, 14.06 West Croydon to the east and 14.09 Beddington & Waddon to the south.

Alan Godfrey’s Old Ordnance Survey Maps - Mitcham MAP8

£2.50

Surrey Sheet 13.04 Mitcham 1910 - published 2012; introduction by Richard Oliver

This detailed map covers Lower Mitcham and the southern half of Upper Mitcham. Coverage stretches from the Upper Green and Eastfields southward to Mitcham Junction station (which straddles the southern margin).

Features include railways with Mitcham station, St Mark's church, Upper Green, Mitcham House, tramways, Mitcham Hall, Imperial Works, River Wandle, Crown Mill, Wandle Grove, watercress beds, St Peter & St Paul's church, Cricket Green, Blue Houses etc. On the reverse includes a list of private residents from a 1903 directory.

The map links up with Surrey sheet 13.03 Morden to the west and 13.08 Beddington Corner to the south.

Alan Godfrey’s Old Ordnance Survey Maps - Morden MAP9

£2.50

Surrey Sheet 13.03 Morden 1894 - published 2008; introduction by Pamela Taylor

Morden is today perhaps best known for being the terminus of the Northern Line. This map captures it when it was still a straggling village. Coverage stretches from Mordenhall Farm southward to Morden Park, and other features include Morden Hall, deer park, Morden House, Ravensbury Mills, Ravensbury Farm and a scattering of villas among the fields. The reverse includes directories of Morden for 1903 and 1934.

The map links up with Surrey sheet 13.04 Mitcham to the east.

Alan Godfrey’s Old Ordnance Survey Maps - Cheam, Ewell East & Nonsuch Park MAP10

£2.50

Surrey Sheet 13.14 Cheam, Ewell (E) & Nonsuch Park 1910 - published 2012; introduction by Richard Oliver

This detailed map covers the western part of Cheam and extends west to Ewell. Nonsuch Park is central to the map.

Feratures include Nonsuch Park, St Dunstan's church Cheam, Cheam House, Cheam Park, Harefield House, stretch of railway but no stations, site of Nonsuch Palace, St Mary's church Ewell, Nonsuch Pottery, Spring Hotel, portion of Ewell High St (in bottom left corner), Warren Farm. The reverse includes a 1903 directory of Cheam.

The map links up with Surrey Sheets 13.15 Sutton to the east.

Alan Godfrey’s Old Ordnance Survey Maps - Sutton North & Benhilton MAP11

£2.50

Surrey Sheet 13.11 Sutton (North) 1910 - published 2012; introduction by Richard Oliver

This detailed map covers the north of Sutton, including Benhilton, with coverage from Clensham Lane to Manor Lane and eastward to Benhill Road.

Features include St Barnabas church, Newtown area, tramway, Benfleet Hall, Benhilton area, The Green, All Saints church, Hallmead Farm, fireworks manufactory, Gandergreen Lane etc.

The map links up with Surrey Sheet 13.12 Carshalton to the east, 13.15 Sutton to the south.

Alan Godfrey’s Old Ordnance Survey Maps – Ewell (West) 1910  MAP12

£2.50

Surrey Sheet 13.13 Ewell (West) 1910 - published 2012; introduction by Richard Oliver

This detailed map covers the western part of Ewell.

Features include Garbrand Hall (later Bourne Hall), Upper Mill, Lower Mill, stretch of LSWR railway with Ewell station at foot of map, West Ewell, All Saints church, Ewell Court, 'Epileptic Colony' (London County Asylums), Hogsmill River, Poplar Farm etc. A 1903 directory of Ewell is included on the reverse.

The map links up with Surrey Sheets 13.14 Cheam to the east.

NEW Alan Godfrey’s Old Ordnance Survey Maps - Central Croydon 1895 MAP13

£2.50

Surrey Sheet 14.10 Central Croydon 1895 - published 1993; introduction by Oliver Harris.

This is the main map for Croydon and covers the centre of the town, coverage stretching from Wandle Park eastward to Radcliffe Road, and from Derby Road and Oval Road southward to Combe Road. Features include Croydon East station, Town Hall, Coombe Lane station, High Street, Old Town, Duppas House, The Waldrons, Duppas Hill (SW corner), Parkhill House, North End. On the reverse are street directories for Church Road, Church Street, George Street.

Honeywood note: This map covers Oval Road and part of the area damaged in the Zeppelin bombing raid of October 1915.

The map links up with Surrey Sheet 14.09 to the west.

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BOOKS

NEW Honeywood: a short history
John Phillips £3.00 BK13

28pp 148mm x 210mm (5¾ X 8¼ inches)

The long awaited history of Honeywood, telling the story of the house and the land it stands on from the seventeenth century. John's carefully researched and highly readable text is complimented by many fine illustrations and plans, most of which are in colour.


 

 

 

 

NEW The History of The Oaks
Volume One - The Stanley Years

236pp - over 70 illustrations, many of which are in colour – size approx 7½” (187mm) x 9½” (245mm)
Release date 17th October 2013 £19.95 BK12

Click HERE for details of the book launch and accompanying talk

The Oaks was described in a 2002 publication as ‘one of the worst-documented well-known houses in the country. There are hardly any surviving deeds, and the accounts of its history are completely confused and contradictory’.

Paul Williams has spent six years meticulously researching the history of The Oaks, from its very inception in the first half of the 1750s until its demise in the post world war two years of the twentieth century. His discoveries resulted in a very extensive reappraisal and correction of previous accounts.

The first part of Paul’s engrossing work covers the construction of the original Palladian villa with its stable blocks (part of which still survives), the earliest occupier and the confusion with an established nearby inn. This early phase was quickly followed by an association with the House of Stanley that lasted almost 80 years. We follow the lives of those who occupied The Oaks and the evolution of what had become one of the most famous hunting seats in the country.  The first of Paul’s two volumes closes when the 12th Earl of Derby finally leaves The Oaks a few months before his death in 1834.

The foreword to Volume One is by the 19th Earl of Derby DL who has graciously described this Honeywood book as a ‘wonderful volume’ and ‘hopes that you enjoy reading it as much as I have’.

The Paintings of John Stillman
1st Edition, signed by the artist
£25 BK11

John Stillman was born in Carshalton Surrey in 1968. He is completely self taught and has been drawing and painting ever since he can remember. John has worked as an illustrator for books and as a graphic artist in advertising in London. He now paints full time as a professional artist.

The many subjects John paints are landscapes and scenes of Surrey through to marine subjects concentrating on light and atmosphere.

His paintings are held in numerous private collections from the UK to America, France and Australia. As well as his solo exhibitions he has also been a regular exhibitor at the Royal Society of Marine Artists and The Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries in London and The Royal Academy in London.

In 2009 John was awarded "the Frank Herring Award" at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters for his painting "Brilliant Light, Richmond". For the second year running John won "the Frank Herring Award" at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters for his painting "Winter Rooftops, Carshalton".

He is a Council member of "the Chelsea Art Society" and a member of "the Croydon Art Society" where he exhibits his pictures annually.

John is a member of the prestigious "Wapping Group of Artists" for which there are only 25 members allowed.

This is John's first book, and features a foreword by Trevor Chamberlain ROI, RSMA and an introduction by Dr. Nigel T. Cooke. It was launched during August 2012, and among the many pictures are paintings from private collections that have never been exhibited.

Living in Carshalton 1865-1880
by Cheryl Bailey £5.99 BK10

Dip into Cheryl’s book and be transported back in time to Carshalton village in the latter half of the 19th century. Village life is described with interest grabbing style and amongst a multitude of gems, chuckle at the antics of some of our predecessor’s miscreant children.

Cheryl Baker M.A. studied Metropolitan and Regional History at the Institute of Historical Research (London) and writes about 19th century working life for genealogical magazines. She has lived in Carshalton since 1974.


 

 

 

The Unreturning Spring
by James Farrar
Edited by Henry Williamson With a new introduction by John Monks £9.00 BK6

Available to download on-line (£5), or in traditional, perfect bound paperback format, 234 pages 6.1" x 9.2" (£9.95) - copies available from the Museum at £9 each.

Click HERE to buy the paperback or download an on-line copy to read and view on your computer: alternatively purchase direct from Honeywood

The collected poems, stories and descriptive writings by the young Carshalton airman James Farrar, killed in the Second World War, were re-published on 5th October 2008.

The Unreturning Spring contains remarkable descriptions of the countryside around Carshalton in the 1940s and descriptions of Farrar’s life in the RAF. It was hailed as genius when first published but has long been out of print until now.

Old Carshalton
by John Phillips
An 80 page pictorial history of Old Carshalton £8.00
BK5

One of our most popular books. John gives a good introduction to old Carshalton and his book contains a wealth of fine captioned photographs, carefully chosen from the Local Studies Collection in the Central Library at Sutton

 

 

 


 

"From the Heart" - The poetry of Valerie Coleman
Compiled, edited and illustrated by Paul V. Williams £5.99 BK4

A new illustrated book by Paul Williams, 'From the Heart', the poetry of Valerie Coleman. This 48 page paperback book is illustrated throughout, and is another exclusive Honeywood production. There is a companion CD that contains all the poems in the book, read by Joan Davalle

The CD and book may be purchased together for the special price of £8.00

 

 

 


 

Reflections on Carshalton
by Derek Bradford
A Honeywood Exclusive Book
Available to download on-line (£5), or in traditional, perfect bound paperback format, 68 pages 7.44" x 9.68" (£12.95 BK3)

A collection of historic poems and paintings relating to Carshalton, Surrey

Click HERE to buy the paperback or download an on-line copy to read and view on your computer: alternatively purchase direct from Honeywood Museum's shop

The book consists of a collection of poems about Carshalton dating from the 18th century to the 1930s assembled by Carshalton historian Derek Bradford. There are 38 illustrations mostly colour reproductions of historic paintings of Carshalton many of which have not been reproduced before. The poems throw interesting light on Carshalton history – and include an 18th century account of Carshalton fair which was then significant enough to attract a posse of London prostitutes. There is also a verse description of the 19th century village and much more. The paintings include works by Joseph Powell, William Tatton Winter and Winifred Madder which give fine view of the quaint old village which existed before suburbanization.

The Long and the Short of General John Burgoyne's Maid of the Oaks
by Paul V. Williams
A Honeywood Exclusive Book - Hardback £17.60  BK2 or Paperback £11.85 BK1

Paul Williams was born in Carshalton in 1946. His interest in local history stems from a keen interest in, and recollection of, The Oaks and its mansion, Carshalton’s trolleybuses, steam trains, Croydon airport and the abundant springs in local parks.

Following a local primary education at Stanley Park Infants and Juniors, Paul went on to attend Wimbledon's Pelham High and Wimbledon Tech. where he excelled in English Literature and History. He went on to enjoy a very successful career in the electricity and gas supply industries. After 25 years in senior customer relations and government liaison, Paul retired to spend more time on his interests, and with his wife Shirley, and their now extended family of two sons, one daughter-in-law and a granddaughter. Having discovered Honeywood, Paul joined the Friends of Honeywood, and has become a valued and active member over recent years.

A keen amateur historian and Belgophile, Paul’s hobbies include travel and photography.

“The Long and the Short of General John Burgoyne's Maid of the Oaks is a new book about general Burgoyne's first published play, from the unique, exciting events that inspired it in 1774 and its connection with the loss of the British colony of America a few years later. Paul Williams' book not only introduces us to the main characters involved in creating the play but the artists, musicians and others in the hectic, sometimes dangerous world of Georgian theatre and society. Paul's illustrated book is sold with all proceeds benefiting the Friends of Honeywood Museum. The book contains the full text of the original play, a Victorian 'Penny-Play' version and a twenty-first century adaptation by Peter Davalle (premiered at Honeywood Museum). Apart from Paul's own colourful descriptions of events, the reader has access to contemporary biographies and a satire, unavailable in print for well over two centuries. John Phillips wrote the Prologue and Peter Davalle the Preface.”

The RIVER WANDLE companion and Wandle Trail Guide
by Bob Steel with Derek Coleman £15.00 BK9

Very well illustrated with some 40 maps and nearly 200 fine photos (mostly in colour) throughout, this delightful book takes you from the Wandle’s source to its estuary. Not only is it a companion to anyone walking the Wandle Trail  it gives copious details of the river’s history and wildlife along its banks. It will appeal to all interested in discovering this fascinating route to the Thames and to armchair readers alike:  A perfect book to buy as a gift and to own.

 

 

 



 

Practical Guide To Photography (1884)
Marion And Company £14.99 BK7

Marion and Company were the largest photographic suppliers to the trade and amateur photographers in the late 19th century. They had large premises in Soho and a factory in Southgate. They produced Carte de Visite (calling cards with a portrait on the face side) by the million. The senior partner was John Pattison Kirk, a former owner of Honeywood. A splendid version of a Marion camera is on display in the museum

This high quality facsimile publication contains an insight to the development of photography and contains many interesting advertisements for equipment of the period.

 

 


 

 

Times Remembered Times Past – A History of Beddington and Bandon
by  Beverley Shew £15.99 BK8

A very well written and illustrated history of the Beddington and Bandon area. It is a comprehensive yet not heavy to read detailed look at the past and near present story of these local communities. It will appeal to all those interested in local history, not just those who live, or lived, in the locality. Both Beverley and the Carshalton & District & Archaeology Society are to be congratulated on producing such a readable book.

 

 

 

 

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GREETINGS CARDS

HIGH QUALITY A5 GREETINGS CARDS DESIGNED AND PRODUCED BY THE FRIENDS OF HONEYWOOD MUSEUM

Most of these cards are new or have updated images. The remaining stock of our previous range will be available from the Friend’s stall at the various events we attend.

   
A delightful picture of Honeywood amidst the snow features on The Friends' 2013 Christmas Card. With the simple wording Season's Greetings inside, this is sure to appeal to both those who know Honeywood and to people with an affection for Carshalton. Measuring 181mm x 116mm, the card comes cello-wrapped with its own envelope. £1.20
     
Butter Hill Water Mills J. Fitz Marshall c1890
      NEWA501 £2.20
Carshalton Ponds early 19th century engraving Ellis
NEWA513 £2.20
View of All Saints and Ponds William Tatton Winter 
NEWA507 £2.20
     
Honeywood Museum Colour photo.
NEWA508 £2.20
Greyhound Hotel Painting Winifred Madder c1918
NEWA509 £2.20
Oaks Mansion 1848 Watercolour unknown artist
NEWA514 £2.20
     
Oaks Mansion hand coloured print c1790
NEWA510 £2.20
Oaks Mansion engraving Gyfford & Sparrow
NEWA511 £2.20
St. Peter’s Woodmansterne W Porden c1790
NEWA512 £2.20
     
   
  Raid on Croydon Airport 1940 Frank Sturges
NEWA515 £2.20
 
     
Skaters in Carshalton William Tatton Winter
NEW NEWA518 £2.20
Watercress Seller William Tatton Winter
NEW NEWA519 £2.20
Beddington Park Winter Scene Unknown artist
NEW NEWA520 £2.20

THE CARSHALTON HIGH STREET SERIES

   
     
High St in the Regency period
watercolour-artist unknown
NEWA502 £2.20
High Street 1905 tinted photograph
NEWA503 £2.20
High Street 1928 from period photograph
NEWA504 £2.20
     
High Street with figures William Tatton Winter
NEWA505 £2.20
High Street (detail) William Tatton Winter
NEWA506 £2.20
Bomb incident in High Street 1940 Frank Dickinson
NEWA516 £2.20
     
   
  Carshalton High Street 1914
NEWA517 £2.20
 


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POST CARDS
 
 
Honeywood Museum PCRD1 £0.50 The Oaks Mansion PCRD2 £0.50

 

PANORAMIC CARDS WITH ENVELOPE
 
 
The Leoni Bridge Carshalton Ponds PAN01 £1.50 The Oaks Mansion photo PAN02 £1.50

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AUDIO CDs

"From the Heart" - The poetry of Valerie Coleman
Read by Joan Davalle 
CDA2

The CD and book may be purchased together for the special price of £8.00

Listen to an excerpt (The Lost Skylark) by clicking here - MP3 file 638Kb

Valerie Coleman is a retired nurse with a gift for appealing and evocative poetry. Over the years she has penned a small number of verses from places and events that inspired her. The Paris air crash of Concorde is one such event, as is her recollection of walks along the River Wandle. All of these poems, as she will readily tell you, are ‘From the Heart.’

Eighteen of Valerie’s poems are on this CD. Each is introduced by Peter Davalle and Read by Joan Davalle, who bring their own inimitable talents to this recording, once again for the benefit of The Friends of Honeywood Museum.

Joan and Peter were intent on taping Valerie’s poems, principally for her enjoyment. However we felt Val’s work would give much pleasure to a wider audience. Hence Paul Williams of ‘The Friends’ has produced this CD, and a companion illustrated book, available from The Friends of Honeywood Museum. We hope you enjoy Val’s poems as much as we do.

"Good Evening Mr. Dickens"
World Premier Recording! - CD exclusive to Honeywood
CDA1

Honeywood is delighted to announce
the availability of the only recording of
Peter and Joan Davalle's renowned and entertaining anthology "Good Evening Mr. Dickens"
This complete recording has 16 tracks chosen by Peter and Joan, with a running time of 70 minutes. The CD costs just £4.99 while stocks last, and is only available from the Museum's shop

Listen to an excerpt by clicking
here - MP3 file 1.52Mb

Peter was an interviewer and scriptwriter on many television and radio programmes before being appointed Broadcasting Editor of The Times. He occasionally wrote the radio previews in that newspaper, as well as book reviews and feature articles. Joan Davalle, born In the Sirhowey Valley of South Wales, was a former art teacher and had a fine contralto voice. Sadly Joan died in July2011

Peter is a life-long Dickens devotee. He possesses one of the finest collections of Dickensiana in the country, including first editions and - his pride and joy - a letter written by Dickens himself. He was formerly chairman of the Dickens fellowship.

Before settling down to arrange the structure of Good Evening Mr. Dickens, Peter read through all the Dickens novels and many of his speeches to pick the items he needed. The inspiration for the programme came from the one-man performances of Emlyn Williams, whose readings from Dickens brought him international fame.

In 25 years, Good Evening Mr. Dickens has been performed in many places, from schools and colleges to venues such as the Royal Academy of Arts, the City of London Festival, Arts festivals at Tetbury and Litchfield, Hereford Town Hall, Wells Cathedral and the Rochester Dickens Festival. In that time the performances raised over £200,000 for charities. Peter and Joan performed shows for the Friends of the Heritage Centre for eleven years and raised many thousands of pounds for the Friends. Their Christmas Shows became the highlight of the Friend’s programme of events and were sold out long before November. Now, for the very first time, the Friends are delighted to present a unique CD recording of “Good Evening Mr Dickens”.

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