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Lot 61

HARDY MEMORABILIA: A CHRISTMAS CARD FROM MR AND MRS THOMAS HARDY 1919,

with country snowscene and printed with a seasonal poem "Birds at Nightfall" by Thomas Hardy, address to MS; two Orders of Service at Dorchester St. Peter following Hardy's death; an invitation card for the unveiling of the Thomas Hardy statue at Top o'Town 2nd September 1931; and an official handbook for the Thomas Hardy Festival in Dorchester July 1968 (5)

Estimate: £100 - £200
Hammer price: £340
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Provenance: The Bartelot Family Collection, mostly the property of Rev. Richard Grosvenor Bartelot FSA, Rector of Fordington, Dorchester 1907-1939, or his son Major R St G G Bartelot.

Grosvenor Bartelot was born in 1868 and went to Crewkerne Grammar School and Wadham College, Oxford, in the 1880s. In the next two decades he served as curate at Corfe Castle, Anglican chaplain in Turin, and as the Bishop of Salisbury's missioner covering duties of other clergy all over Dorset. He became a noted antiquarian and genealogist and was elected FSA. Having been born a Bartlett, in 1898 he changed his name to the original Norman form, Bartelot. In 1906 he became Vicar of Fordington St George, Dorchester, and next year he married Evelyn, daughter of Alfred Pope Esq of South Court and Wrackleford House, founder of the Eldridge Pope brewery. Having retired in 1936 to Timsbury, Somerset, he died in 1947.


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