RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 90
Datec 1945-1947
Extent1 file
TitleFlora Thompson papers: letters to Mrs Tylor
DescriptionThe collection consists of nine signed typescript letters from Flora Thompson to a Mrs Tylor, written c 1945 to 1947. They were all sent from Flora Thompson's home 'Lauriston' in Brixham, Devon. Several different matters are discussed within the letters, but above all the two friends appeared to have a shared love of literature, and many letters discuss books that Thompson borrowed from Tylor.
Admin HistoryFlora Thompson (1876-1947), writer, was born Flora Timms, the daughter of stonemason in Juniper Hill on the Oxfordshire/Northamptonshire border. She left school at fourteen to work in the village post office at Fringford. After marrying she and her husband ran the post office in Liphook, Hampshire, where she began to write in order to supplement the family income after she had three children. In 1921 she published her first volume of verse, 'Bog Myrtle and Peat'. The family moved to Devon in 1928. Her acclaimed autobiographical trilogy, 'Lark Rise' (1939), 'Over to Candleford' (1941), and 'Candleford Green' (1943) was reissued as 'Lark Rise to Candleford' in 1945.

There is little known of Mrs Tylor. The letters indicate that Mrs Tylor lived in Dartmouth, Devon, before moving to Crediton, Devon, in 1945, and that she may have been married to a doctor. Though each letter is formally addressed to 'Mrs Tylor', the two women appear to have been friends who met socially on several occasions, knew each other's spouses, and borrowed books from one another.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialOther papers of Thompson are also held at the University of Exeter Library (EUL MS 103) and at the University of Texas Austin (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Library).
Access ConditionsUsual EUL arrangements apply.
Creator_NameThompson; Flora (1876-1947); nee Timms; author
Mgt_GroupLiterary papers
DS/UK/84Thompson nee Timms; Flora Jane (1876 - 1947); Writer1876 - 1947
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