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Volume XXII: The Diary of Lady Adela Capel of Cassiobury, 1841-1842

This diary provides fascinating insights into one year in the life of a thirteen/fourteen year old girl growing up in Cassiobury House, the elegant Gothic mansion near Watford. The diary describes gender roles and the education and socialisation of a sensitive, caring girl as she moves towards womanhood. Hertfordshire historians with a special interest in Cassiobury and the social life of early Victorian Watford will find references to families overlooked by the 1841 Census, and details of Cassiobury House, grounds and staff that are only to be found in the diary. Historians generally will find a very different perspective on Victorian social history. In particular the invaluable, sometimes humorous, portrayal of children's everyday lives in an unusually liberal Victorian aristocratic household. The content and style of the diary provide an accessible, personal and informative resource for those involved in teaching or studying the Victorian Period for the National Curriculum.

  • Edited and with an Introduction by Marian Strachan
  • xliv + 90 pages, fully indexed
  • 11 illustrations including 3 in colour and 2 maps
  • Hardback: ISBN 0-9547561-3-4 - Sold Out
  • Paperback: ISBN 978-0-9547561-4-7

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