Life in an 18th Century Country House
Peter & Carolyn Hammond, 2012
Amberley Publishing, ISBN 978-1-85758-754-7, 23 x 16cms, 132 pages
Special launch price £11.50
The Hammonds provide a terrific picture of life at The Grove, Chiswick, through the eyes of the estate staff. It is based upon a small collection of letters written by Will Bishop to his master, Humphrey Morice, while he was in Italy in the 1780s. Society members helped transcribe them when these were purchased for Hounslow’s Local Studies Collection some years ago. The Hammonds have provided a rich context for the letters – about Morice, about the Grove and its staff – and explain much of the content for the modern reader.
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