A Trio of Manuscripts by Lady Cynthia Asquith

17 Mar

There was a number of interesting items in the pile of comic strips. There were three manuscripts sent to The Place of Hawks by Lady Cynthia Asquith which were subseuwntly published in This Mortal Coil (Arkham House, 1947). The first one is “God Grant that She Lye Stille” 50 typed pages contained in red card cover with green ribbon; the second “The Corner Shop” 24 typed pages contained in a tan card cover with green ribbon;  and third “The First Night” 14 legal sized pages bound by stick pin at upper left. All three manuscript have inked emendations by the author, and pencil annotations by presumably Dereleth in preparing the stories for press. Lady Asquith’s address is given as — Sullington Court, Storrington, Sussex. It would be intereting to note if this address has been retained, rebuilt, destroyed or renovated. The Arkham book itself is quite collectible. Another question — would Arkham House fans today like to see another collection by Asquith? I don’t think so, but what say you?


3 responses to “A Trio of Manuscripts by Lady Cynthia Asquith

  1. Robert Pohle

    March 18, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I, for one, would certainly like to see another one of her anthologies. I gather that you must have enough material?

  2. Robert Pohle

    March 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Or in fact enough material BY her?

  3. Ben Burston

    August 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Hi George,

    You ask whether Sullington Court, Storrington is still there and with the same address. So I had a bit of a check. Found this on a geneology site online about one of the rectors of Sullington Church. I have added a couple of notes – but this is more or less lifted from the linkat the bottom:

    Sullington Court had previously been the Rectory for Sullington Church (which had been on the site since at least 1720, probably much earlier)
    Sydney Le Mesurier (father of John Le Mesurier, the actor), was rector from 1928 to 1938. He found it too expensive to run and moved the rectory to a house on Washington Road [the parishes of Sullington and Storrington would become one in 1952].
    Sullington Old Rectory, as it had become, was sold to a private owner, the author A.J. Cronin, who re-named it Sullington Court. It was here that Cronin wrote “The Citadel”, and part of another of his novels, “The Crusader’s Tomb”, is set in Sullington (the church features the tomb and effigy of a crusader photos can be found with a google search). Cronin lived there until Lady Cynthia Asquith bought the house in 1939, and in 1946 Sir Gordon Munro bought it. John Walker acquired it in 1960, and solicitor Geoffrey Rickman (brother of John Rickman, the racing commentator) in 1986.

    Hope that sheds a bit of light on the matter!
    Keep up the excellent blog!

    Ben Burston
    Wiltshire UK


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