General Correspondence

Scope and Content

Letters to Maeve Gilmore, some of which have been addressed to Mervyn Peake but have been answered by Maeve. Each file contains multiple letters from many of the listed correspondents. There are a small number of copy letters in Maeve Gilmore's hand; these are noted in the description where present. There are a few letters addressed to John Watney [Peake's biographer, Chairman of the Mervyn Peake Society and companion to Maeve Gilmore], including copies of letters he sent.

Subjects include: academic criticism; bibliographies of Peake's work; rights; publication; translation; biographies and memoirs of Peake; sale and ownership/custodianship of manuscripts, paintings and drawings; as well as personal, family, legal and financial matters.


Chronological and then alphabetical by surname or organisation (but sometimes alphabetical by first name or job title as Maeve's use of the filing system was not consistent). Letters from married women are sometimes filed under both their married and maiden names.

Conditions Governing Access


Not Public Record(s)

Appraisal Information

Utility bills, circulars, invoices, receipts and Maeve Gilmore's medical records have been weeded from these files.