Do you know Alice Berry?

This postcard is one of a group i bought at a bootfair simply because i loved the photo. It is not postally used but simply has the name Alice Berry written on front and back of the card.

I’m no expert on period clothes and without a rough date to go by, searching for her in census returns could be tricky.

I think she has such a sweet face. In her twenties maybe and could even be a teacher with that book open on her lap? Its all guess work.

If you have any information on this lady or possible family connections then i’d love to hear from you.

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Virginia Woolf through the Census – Part 1

I have long been fascinated by all things to do with Virginia Woolf. It began sometime in the 1980’s when whilst spending the weekend with a cousin in Sussex she took us to visit Monks House in Rodmell.

Virginia’s home there for many years.  It was the first i’d heard of her and it began a lifelong love of all things to do with her and the Bloomsbury set.

So I couldn’t resist doing a bit of research for myself using the census returns and any other records available of her or the rest of the Bloomsbury group.

Adeline Virginia Stephen was born in 1882 so I can use the 1891-1901 and 1911  census returns to find her.

In the 1891 census she is aged 9 and living at 22 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington with her parents, siblings and step siblings.

She is listed as Adeline V Stephen as she is in most documents online.

Here she is in the 1901 census. Still at same address but her father is listed as a widow after her mother died in 1895 and she famously had a breakdown.

Looking at the 1911 census we see she is living with her brother Adrian at 29 Fitzroy Square.

This just a year or so before she married Leonard Woolf.

In my next post about Virginia I will share the few books I own of her writing, but as its just arrived today I thought i’d share this new one.

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

I think this is such a beautiful cover, don’t you?

Keep an eye on this blog for more posts about Virginia Woolf very soon.

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