Witley, August 13, 1917

Monday         Nothing much doing today cleaning up a bit Expect to go away shortly Paid this afternoon went out to Wormley tonight shall send my first diary home to-morrow

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What takes him to Wormley? It isn’t far from camp, having grown up around Witley Station.

King Edward’s Schoool moved here from London in 1867; George Eliot and George Lewes bought “The Heights” in 1877; in 1897 Sir Edward Lutyens designed “Wood End” for a client, and his friend Gertrude Jekyll designed its garden. None of these facts is likely to have drawn Percy here on a summer evening.

Perhaps it is the pub, the Wood Pigeon. It is payday, after all.

That first diary was lost.

The 1909 postcard of Wormley is one of Francis Frith’s.





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