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An Evening at Barrow Court in 1938 - by Hugh Flemming
Barrow Gurney, Somerset, England
pleased that Mother was very happy & talked to some friends.
At one oclock we had a supper in the tent round one table & we had a good supper & it was very funny poor old waiter whose hand shook when he poured out the champagne & gave us food.
We drank champagne & Marjorie & Margaret & some friends drew on the cards & drew an awful black man. Margaret drew on the table cloth.
After supper we danced again. Mother went home at quiter past one.
Pilbeam was very clever & wonderful played the piano, we had long dances because Pilbeam played so well & fast.
We stopped dancing at three oclock.
Father drove off to Weston & we were fast asleep & I woke up because Margaret smashed
my nose & I thought it was a butterfly on my nose. And Margaret fell fast asleep again & I smashed Margaret(‘s) nose & she laughed!!!!!!
We went fast asleep again & I woke up and I said “Oh it is foggy”!
Dawn was breaking as we arrived home again about 4 oclock & I went off to bed.
Saturday morning it was all lovely sunshines & blue sky & Margaret came to the garden it was rather warm & we had breakfast first.
Marjorie, Margaret & I were resting in the garden & it was warm but there was a little wind.
Eric went away by car. At quarter to twelve Marjorie drove to Whinwood to fetch mother as she has been one night with Less & Granny.
John Wickham & Win Muir our cousins came for lunch to see father & mother & family.
This afternoon we drove a little & rested in the garden.
In the evening we all went to the
in the gardens.
We had good dancing in the tent & there were crowds of people there.
When I was dancing with Margaret it was very many crowded in the tent.
Margaret & I went to the gardens & suddenly I bumped my head on the post. I could not see the post!!
We walked round the garden with oil lamps on the ground all round the paths.
The house & church were flood-lit. It was most beautiful!!!
We walked back to the tent as there was rather a cold wind.
We enjoyed it very much walking in the garden.
We dance again & then the music stopped.
We walked together a dance called the Lambeth Walk for the first time it was very interesting.
We saw mother & Less who came to the ballroom to see the people dancing & I was so
pictures to see “Its all yours” & it was very good & amusing & there were rather a lot of people.
We drove home again about half past ten & off to bed very quickly because we were very tired because we have been dancing on Friday night.
Sunday morning after church Margaret & I went for a walk with Crack to the fields and back again.
This afternoon at half past three Teddy came to our house again to see us & went to the drawing room for a little while. Teddy & I went to my train room for Teddy to see my trains. I wound up the Royal Scot & Flying Scotsman & I drove the electric underground train & Twin Railway running altogether round & round the table & Teddy was very interested.
Margaret & Marjorie came in my train room. And we were
Flood-light in the garden at Barrow Court in 1938
Watercolor by Hugh Flemming
talking altogether about my trains & it was a wonderful & cheerful playing games in my train room best of all. He like my train room very much.
At nearly half past four Margaret & Teddy went away to Bristol.
It was very great fun at Barrow Court & Margaret staying for the week. I did enjoy it all!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday July 1st, 1938
Barrow Court at Near Bristol
At quarter past five Teddy drove to Weston with Margaret & I from the Arts school & it went very fast!! About 60 miles an hour.
We arrived at our house about quarter to six. He went away to Weston & Margaret stayed the week end for the dance one Friday night. A friend of Monica’s & Marjorie’s called.
Eric Harris stayed for the night too.
We had a good dinner & then drove of(f) to Barrow Court & it was rather dark about half past nine.
We arrived at Barrow Court. It is a beautiful big house with large gardrens & a big ballroom in the tent & little fairy – lights all over the grounds & hanging on the trees.
Fairy light in the garden at Barrow Court in 1938
Watercolor by Hugh Flemming
An extraordinary collection of photographs
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