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                The Porter`s Daughter  by  Winifred Dawson (Arnott)



                      THE LIFE OF AMY AUDREY LOCKE

                                                                          A pioneer professional woman historian


17th June 1881  -  19th June 1916

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Softback cover shown by permission of The University  of Reading,  Hardback copies are covered in dark maroon cloth, with gold lettering along their spines.





 QUESTION  07/01/2015:   Where did Amy Audrey Locke lodge in London?

   ANSWER: The author`s notes include the following, but it`s unlikely that this list is comprehensive.  Also note that Amy almost certainly spent time with her parents in St Mary`s Cottage Otterbourne and had at least one stay in or near Tunbridge Wells:

    1906  -AAL in 6 Christchurch Place, Hampstead. previously she may have lodged in Westminster or on the South Bank to be near the VCH offices.

    1909  -AAL in 63 Cartwright Gardens, Bloomsbury.   At about this time, AJ Drucker probably had her studio there, but whether she lived there or with her family seems uncertain.   AAL`s trip to Morocco was probably in 1910 and povided by Thomas Cooke

    1911  -AAL in "Heatherlea" in the Vale of Health, Hampstead with fellow VCH researcher Hilda Margaret Powell.    Heatherlea was only five doors along from "Heathurst" where W T Horton seems to have had his base and at least                  sometimes lived.

    1913  -AAL in 7 Christchurch Place, Hampstead.  This accommodation was taken over by Richard Aldingto and Hilda Doolittle when AAL left it in February 1915.

    1915  -AAL moved to Studio 2 in 63 Cartwright Gardens, at the same time that W T Horton moved into the same building but apparently into Studio 3.    By then A J Drucker may also have been living there.    The ground floor was occupied by a medical doctor, J H Anderton





This page provides comment on Winifred Dawson`s book by individual readers and the answers to some questions raised by them.  The names of contributors have been deliberately witheld.






  These have included:

"I read it from cover to cover (on a long journey home) and was by turns..... ........... fascinated and deeply moved.  Inevitably some passages (could) have been cast a bit differently, but there is nothing that cannot be defended...."


"I found (this life) of Audrey Locke fascinating and very readable. (This biography) is quite original in the way (it) follows through the various lives of the main figures with a consistent sympathy, rather than just focussing on the central relationships and taking emotional sides..........The poems in .......         are a real find: quite unexpected.    .....comes as a complete surprise.  ...... again comes as a real surprise.   The evocation of the walk down ..... to the cathederal is brilliant.    The book becomes particularly moving towards the end, when, after Audrey`s early death the author follows the later lives of the other actors in the story.  A sure instinct (led the author) to end with the Yeats poem, though I found the (earlier) stanza "Audrey, if there be neither heaven nor hell, If there be nothing after, but the tree (etc)" very fine and the best in the book, and there are quite a few pretty good poems in it, as well as the dross (from one character)."


 "the production values of the book......pretty high.   An enjoyable, easy read.   Well reserched and well written.    I was so interested that (I was captured) all the way to the end.  It`s a story .......  that needed to be told."


"A very fine book."


"We were impressed with the look of the whole thing.  The illustrations are wonderful and the production is a great credit to .... and the printer.  The character I was most sympathetic with was Kitty, (but) I couldn`t agree with (the author`s) respect for Tiny Tim`s Flyship"



 "Quite an important contribution to literary biography"