Miscellaneous photographs of Burgess, Lynne Wilson, and family and friends in Oxfordshire, Etchingham (East Sussex), and Italy

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 3104 AB/ARCH/F/2/2/9
  • Former Reference
      GB 3104 J1; J2; J3; J4; J5; J8; J9 (AB.P.4.191); J14 (AB.P.4.188); V2; Z21; AB.P.4.193
  • Dates of Creation
      1950-1954
      c.1959-1968
  • Physical Description
      15 photographic prints. Dimensions (inches): 3 (5.5x3.5); 1 (5x3.5); 1 (3.5x3.5); 7 (4.5x3.5). [Black and white]

Scope and Content

Most of the photographs are presumed to have been taken in Burgess and Lynne's garden in Oxfordshire and/or Etchingham, and to be dated 1950-1954 and 1960-1968.

The file also includes:

1) Burgess supervising a tug of war while working as a teacher in Banbury, dated July 1952;

2) Burgess, Lynne and two unidentified others at the Trevi Fountain, Rome, c. 1959;

3) Unidentified couple on board a boat [The photograph is annotated "Leningrad, [19]61 S/S Bovey."]

Photographer(s): Various unidentified photographers

Administrative / Biographical History

On 21 June 1950 Burgess was offered the post of English master at Banbury Grammar School, Oxfordshire, and moved with Lynne (from his teaching post at Bamber Bridge Emergency Training College near Preston in Lancashire) to 4 Water Lane, Adderbury, near Banbury. The couple remained in Banbury for approx. 4 years, before Burgess joined the Colonial Service and was posted to Malaya (now Malaysia). Burgess was discharged from the Colonial Service due to ill-health in 1959 and returned to the UK with Lynne. In the early spring of 1960, they moved to a house called Applegarth in Etchingham, East Sussex, which was to be Burgess's principal home for the next 8 years. Burgess and his first wife, Lynne, travelled to Leningrad in 1961. The working holiday was to provide the basis for two of Burgess's novels, A Clockwork Orange (1962) and Honey for the Bears (1963).