Phantom Pamphlets (2)
Following on from last week’s Phantom Pamphlet is a later leaflet, also from St Alfege’s Church, but this time from the 1970s. It was in a giant bundle of memorabilia I bought on Ebay from, if memory serves, somebody in the north of England. Every leaflet, pamphlet, flyer, info sheet, had the name ‘Beverley A Battersby,’ and the date on it.
Bill tells me that Miss Battersby was a Greenwich resident who was a friend of Lambeth Palace Library and who donated items to St Andrews University Museum, funds towards the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall and supported a tree in Hyde Park (see page 9 of the linked document). She died around 2006. How her effects ended up north I have no idea, but they now form the core of the Phantom Collection. It’s often entertaining reading as she makes her own notes in the margins (though not on this document.) I like to think she’d approve of my putting as many of them as I can online…
It’s handy that she dated this particular leaflet because there’s no date (nor attribution) on it – just the price, 3p, which makes it post 1971.
Miss B bought her copy on 16/06/74. It’s a useful addition to the earlier pamphlet as it describes some of the work done immediately following the 1951 publication. I’m rather hoping a new booklet will be created to coincide with the anniversary of t Alfege’s martyrdom in 2012.
Sorry about the tape marks – Miss B must have kept Sellotape in business, but it’s a godsend for me. She was particularly fond of taping little flyers and leaflets inside guidebooks, which meant that I got a bumper selection of really brilliant stuff when I came to open the pages.
More to come another day, but for now,here is Pamphlet Number Two…
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