Scope and Content

The letters and papers in this deposit are chiefly those that, having been selected by T C Farrer for preservation, then survived the move from Abinger Hall to London in 1946. They relate to a wide range of activities, and from 1900 on letters are particularly useful for Liberal politics in Surrey, and other Surrey matters. Some printed ephemera are bound into the letter volumes. There are, however, regrettably few drafts or copies of T C Farrer's own letters anywhere in the deposit, and his own views are not always apparent. (A number of copies of his letters survive in files retained by the Secretary to the Abinger Hall Estate Company. These, from c.1900 on, deal with the Abinger Schools as well as his own small estate. See 2463/-).

Among the interesting letters to be noted in T C Farrer's letter books are those from Sir Robert Hunter and the other founders of the National Trust, and from Dorothy Hunter; from his brothers-in-law Cecil Spring Rice, in his various diplomatic postings around the world, and Gerald and Bernard Spring Rice, running a farm and mill near Regina in North West Canada (1892 onwards), and sending him statements of their accounts; from an Oxford contemporary W A B Shand, who went to Australia in 1886, made a legal career in Queensland, becoming a judge; from his younger brother Claude, staying with Sir Courtney Ilbert in Rajputana, India in 1886; from Laura Forster, the novelist E M Forster's aunt, deeply concerned in the affairs of Abinger Hammer. There are a few letters from E M Forster. Of his Liberal friends the most rewarding letters are those from F W Hirst, a continuous correspondent over many years. Parts of some of these letters have been printed by Stephen Gwynn in The Letters and Friendships of Sir Cecil Spring Rice , 2 volumes, Constable, 1929, referred to as 'Gwynn' below.

Among members of the family, particularly noteworthy are letters from the three daughters of Hensleigh Wedgwood (who all wrote partly in a type of speed-writing): Katherine Euphemia, the second wife of T H Farrer; Hope, who married a Wedgwood cousin, and a few from 'Snow' (Frances Julia), Robert Browning's correspondent. Several of the early deaths of the family are attributable to asthma and concomitant chest conditions. The letters provide details of such illness and its treatment during the seventy years after 1860.

Some letter and printed papers of Thomas Henry Farrer (1819-99) are included in this deposit (2572/83-99). They include a bundle for 1886 (2572/92) which has strayed from letters and bundles in an earlier deposit (2463/-). There are several letters from Joseph Chamberlain, and an interesting account of a conversation (on 11 April) about Irish affairs, written down immediately afterwards by T H Farrer (2572/92/4). Two other groups, those relating to reform at the Board of Trade in 1884 (2572/83) and those from Sir John Lubbock about London County Council business, 1888-92 (2572/93), were evidently regarded at the time as confidential, had been set aside in a locked despatch box. File copies of most of his pamphlets are also in this deposit. There are, of course, many references to public affairs in T H Farrer's letters to T C Farrer included in the bound volumes (2572/1/1-28). T C Farrer had selections from his father's letters typed (see 2463/-), blue pencil marks indicating which passages were to be so copied.

Evangeline Farrer, as well as sharing in most of her husband's interests, was herself on many national and local committees. To her and to Margaret Vaughan Williams (Ralph's sister) was due the establishment of the Leith Hill Musical Competition (later Festival) in May 1905. She remained an active Chairman until the family moved to London in 1946.

Letters and papers relating to the Festival from 1927-46 (2572/100-114) include letters from Ralph Vaughan Williams and many of the other musicians who took part as conductors, singers and players. Her involvement in many Abinger institutions (Parochial Church Council, Mission Room, Abinger Hammer School, Abinger Women's Hospital Association) is reflected in letters and papers here. There is also interesting documentation on the Dorking War Hospital Supply Depot, which she ran during the first World War (2572/123).

The following is a detailed summary of the contents:

2572/ THOMAS CECIL FARRER (1859-1940) 1853-1940

2572/1/ LETTER BOOKS 1853-1939
These volumes contain those incoming letters which an assiduous correspondent wished to keep, bound not long after they were received. The bundles for 1933-39 (which never reached the binder) are called 'Private Correspondence', and to a large extent this is a correct description of the whole series. Five generations of an extensive family are represented. There are letters from both T C Farrer's grandmothers, from his parents and other relations of their generation, from his sister and brothers and from his two wives and their sisters and brothers, as well as many contemporaries among his cousins. His own five children (with school reports) and his nephews and nieces with, in due course, their spouses and in-laws, are followed by grandchildren and great-nephews and nieces. Among purely personal letters are many from friends and colleagues in all the many areas of his activity. Hardly any are strictly or wholly 'business letters', but many are largely or partly so, and others have a place in the network of private discussion which goes on behind the scenes on which public decisions are taken. A number of the letters he himself wrote as a child are bound into, or enclosed in, the earlier volumes. Only rarely does he include his pencilled draft of an answer, in later years. With the exception of some of the earliest volumes, the letters are largely in chronological order. The description of each volume names correspondents in the order in which their first letters occur; often there is more than one, and this is not stated, apart from exceptional cases. Only in a few instances is the subject matter described in the list. Since each friend or associate is usually writing about the same subject, or is involved in one particular area of T C Farrer's activity, this is noted against his or her name in the alphabetical list of chief correspondents at the end of the introduction, on pages 14-32. Letters of an entirely formal, ephemeral or trivial nature are not noted in the list. Members of the family are not always named, for example T C Farrer's wives who wrote to him throughout their lifetimes. A list of family members, arranged in descending order of generations is to be found at the end of the introduction. For the many members of the Farrer family see 'Pedigree of the Descendants in the Male Line of James Farrer (died 1766) and Mary Harrison to April 1977', prepared by Sir Leslie Farrer, 1978.

2572/1/ Bound correspondence 1853-1932
References to the women's suffrage movement have been extracted as part of Surrey Heritage's March of the Women project which focused on the growth of the suffrage campaign in Surrey.

2572/1/ Unbound correspondence 1933-1939

2572/2/ ENGAGEMENT DIARIES 1896-1912
Midland Railway diaries, with names of directors and other offices, committees, etc. T C Farrer's engagements are pencilled in. The year starts in Mar. -/3-11 and -/15-16 enclose a manuscript booklet of financial memoranda.

2572/ FILES 1899-1940

2572/ THOMAS HENRY FARRER (1819-1899) 1871-1898

The reorganisation of the Board, reviewing staffing levels and salaries, was described by T H Farrer as 'This was perhaps the most troublesome task I ever undertook. Without the loyal and cordial help of Sir R Lingen, the knowledge that I should be backed by Mr Chamberlain, and the goodwill of the heads of the departments, it would not have been done. T H Farrer 1885'.

Numbers in brackets after each correspondent's name indicate the number of letters.

2572/ LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL 1888-[1892]


2572/ EVANGELINE FARRER (d.1968) 1893-1947
Many of her letters are included in the bound volumes 2572/35-99.




2572/ DIARIES 1925-1942

2572/ ABINGER HALL 1890-1946

2572/ PHOTOGRAPHS 1875-1953

2572/ OTHER PAPERS OF T C FARRER 1865-1934

Administrative / Biographical History


Thomas Cecil Farrer was the second child and eldest son of Thomas Henry Farrer (1819-99), and his first wife Fanny Erskine. T H Farrer was a civil servant, a member of the Yorkshire family who established themselves as solicitors in Lincoln's Inn Fields. His services in the Board of Trade and on the London County Council were rewarded with a peerage in 1893. The family came to Surrey when he bought a small estate, including Abinger Hall, in 1868. T C Farrer was born at 27 Chester Terrace, Regents Park, on 25 October 1859. He was attending Field House School in Rottingdean when his mother died in May 1870 (see 2572/1/1). His education continued at Eton, and at Balliol (1878-81), where his contemporaries included Cecil Spring Rice, whose sister Evelyn he married in 1892 (see 2572/1/19-20). Both friends were among the subjects of limericks in the collection later known as 'The Masque of Balliol' (see 2572/1/18). T C Farrer's wife died after six years of marriage, leaving him with three small children. The whole family went to live with T C Farrer's sister Ida and her husband Horace Darwin in Cambridge. In 1903 when he married Evangeline Knox, a cousin of his first wife, the family (to which two further children were later added) was again established at Abinger Hall. He died in April 1940 and his widow (who left Abinger in 1945) survived him till 1968.

In so far as he had a career, as distinct from an involvement in many aspects of public life, it was in railways. On going down from Oxford 'Railway Tom' or 'Bradshaw' (as his friends called him) did not find it easy to turn what had always been a passionate interest into a working life. In the summer of 1881 he was studying the Italian railway system, and wrote a paper on it. In November that year he was taken on by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway (2572/1/11), and started 'educating himself in railway work' (2572/1/14, 29 October 1886). In September 1882 he was engaged on 'engine working' (2572/1/12). In January 1883 he refused remuneration (2572/1/12, 11 January 1883).

He then worked for one year as an outdoor assistant on the London and North Western Railway, and for another year on the goods business of the same line, who sent him to America to 'report on various matters' (1884). Mr Knight (General Manager of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway) then offered him (1884) a position as his outdoor assistant, which he held until Mr Knight's death. In December 1885 he went to Paris on behalf of the same Company (2572/1/13). He was particularly concerned with timetabling of services, and mileage (see 2572/1/13, 4 December 1885). In December 1885 Cassells asked him to bring out a book of railway timetables (2572/1/13). During 1886 he was making unsuccessful attempts (assisted by his father) to get a railway company to take him on on a permanent basis. In January 1887 he took a post on the London Chatham and Dover line, soon going to North Africa and reporting on Egyptian railways, and later turning down the job of General Manager to an Argentinean railway company (2572/1/14, 28 July and 3 August 1887).

He was working in the Continental Manager's Office of the London Chatham and Dover Railway in January 1889, and from 1 January 1890 became their outdoor superintendent (2572/1/17). Early in 1891 he visited the United States of America and Mexico, looking at the Entre Rios railway with Woodbine Parish, and also the Mexican Southern, of which he became a director in June 1893. By this time he was recognised as something of an authority on railways, was on familiar terms with many senior railway men (2572/1/18) and was writing articles on aspects of railway management.

In 1894-95 he was secretary to a Board of Trade Conference on Light Railways (2572/1/22-23). In 1896 he was elected to the Board of the Midland Railway, becoming in 1905 Chairman of their Way and Works Committee. He gave as a reason for his resignation in 1911 that as the general relations of the State to the larger English railway companies must shortly come under discussion in Parliament, of which he (as a peer) was a member, he would like to be 'free from any dual obligations and to feel myself entirely at liberty to express my opinions unfettered by any possible bias towards the Midland shareholders who elected me'; the 'claims of Parliament must, in my view, be supreme' (enclosure in 2572/1/58).

There were other reasons why he was not happy with the Board, apparently stemming from his long-standing concern with the working conditions of 'railway servants' (see 2572/1/18, 21 September 1891). In March 1912, in a letter to the Westminster Gazette about 'strikes and management', he referred to 'that sympathy for men which is a proud tradition of the Liberal party' (2572/1/61). He was evidently more at home with the methods of London underground railways and served on the Board of the Underground Electric Railways Company of London for many years, some of them as Chairman. (He was on the Board by 1902.)

His interest in foreign railways led in 1904 to his appointment, with Oliver R H Bury, to report on Egyptian State Railways. The Commission presented its report in 1905 (2572/145). He remained involved with the Mexican Southern and Argentinean Entre Rios railways until the end of his life. His correspondence with academic railway experts, as well as managers and directors, was extensive. He also wrote articles on railway matters. Of a number of wider business connections the only one well-represented in this deposit is 'Au Planteur de Caiffa', a Franco-British company selling North African and other produce in grocery shops across France (2572/82/1-80, and letter volumes).

T C Farrer's other interests were in what may be broadly termed amenities. He was elected to the Council of the National Trust in 1896, and was Honorary Secretary of the Kent and Surrey Committee of the Commons and Footpaths Preservation Society by 1895 (2572/1/23), preserving some correspondence 1911-37 (2572/34). He was the first Chairman of the Box Hill Committee of the National Trust (2572/1/65 and 2572/143/2), and Chairman of the Sir Robert Hunter Appeal Fund. The preservation of footpaths, together with the abolition of pylons and telegraph poles, were among the local matters which occupied much of his attention in later life. It was an interest in local amenities of a rather different kind which led to the establishment of the Surrey Public House Trust with which many letters are concerned.

JP from 1907, he became a County Councillor in 1908-28, being a member of the Records and Ancient Monuments Committee from its inception in 1911, and then co-opted from 1928 until his death. Correspondence, including some from Sir Hilary Jenkinson, shows that the foundation of the Surrey Record Society (of which he was first President) was among developments in this field which were indebted to his concern for local records of all kinds. A member of the Society of Genealogists, he pursued the history of his own Yorkshire ancestors and in Some Farrer Memorials, 1610-1923 (1923), printed some of the fruits of his researches.

Liberal to the marrow, he was asked by G Leveson-Gower in September 1889 if he would allow his name to be put forward as a candidate for the Guildford Division, even though he had earlier refused Reigate (2572/1/17). He must have refused this also, and by March 1890 was Vice-President of Reigate Liberal Association, with which both he, and later his second wife, were thereafter continuously and actively associated. In 1895 he stood, unsuccessfully, in the London County Council election as a candidate for the West Marylebone Liberal and Radical Association (2572/1/23 and 2572/144). In 1912 he was Chairman of the Home Counties Liberal Federation. After his father's death in 1899 he became a regular speaker for the Liberals in the House of Lords.

There is a continuous, if desultory, discussion of Liberal principles and their application running through the letters. He was also on the board of The Speaker for a time. He and his second wife were active supporters of many voluntary organisations. Much concerned with Surrey affairs in general, he did not neglect his own parish and for many years chaired the Abinger Parish Council and the committee of the managers of the Abinger Schools. The correspondent who wrote 'I write to you naturally as the Righter of all Wrongs' (F W Chapman, 30 April 1917, 2572/1/73) put his finger on one of the motivations of a busy life.

Thomas Cecil, 2nd Baron Farrer, MP and his wife Lady Evangeline (Eva) of Abinger were active suffragists. Lord Farrer regularly corresponded with supporters of the NUWSS, including Millicent Fawcett. In July 1910 Mrs Humphrey Ward, author and staunch anti-suffragist, wrote to The Times claiming that women did not want the vote, Lord Farrer replied on behalf of the women of Surrey that they very much did. On 2 May 1914, Catherine Marshall, honorary secretary to the NUWSS, wrote to Lady Farrer (9793/1/1/51 (34); on notepaper headed 'National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies') asking her to lend her influence to the cause by writing to peers to ensure they attended the reading of a Women's Suffrage Bill at the House of Lords.
Fawcett's correspondence with the Farrers began as early as 1912, when she wrote to thank them for their 'Suffrage Dinner Party' (9793/1/1/40 (40)). Her letter to Lord Farrer of 1 May 1914 (2572/1/66/1) thanks him for a 'ticket' to the House of Lords for the following Tuesday and asks Farrer on behalf of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies to speak in support of the Bill. After the hiatus of the First World War, Fawcett was to write other letters to Farrer over the course of women's struggle for equality; one of March 1918 for example (2572/1/75/27) considers that it 'seems quite plain' that the Married Women's Property Act 'ought to control the application' of the Income Tax Act. Other correspondents of Farrer's in 1918 included Margaret Chorley Crosfield (1859-1952), a palaeontologist and geologist, and an active promoter of women's suffrage, who in Jun 1918 (2572/1/75/100) wrote concerning the 'gross injustices between husband and wife' regarding taxation and payments (which she describes as 'incidental expenses incurred by the possession of an unpaid housekeeper - 'a species of slave').

Eva's involvement was one of support for her husband's interest in the matter, giving dinner parties such as the one mentioned above and lending her name to various organisations. Her letters of the First World War period (9793/1/1/40-81) include many from those interested or active in suffrage, asking her to either support them in various ways or lend her influence to Lord Farrer's efforts. Aside from Crosfield, Fawcett herself wrote to Eva on several occasions, once in 1913 regretting that she could not attend one of Eva's 'At Home' evenings (9793/1/1/44 (25).

Among the many matters in which his position enabled him to give a helping hand was the Irish question. Dora (Dorothea) Knox, Evangeline's sister, lived at Foynes in Co Limerick and was keenly interested in Irish Nationalism. During the summer of 1921 she and T C Farrer were concerned in behind-the-scenes negotiations leading up to the Anglo-Irish Treaty, as appears from the here surviving correspondence which passed between T C Farrer, C A Belton, Lord Midleton and others (2572/1/81).

One of T C Farrer's leisure interests was dowsing, and he spread an interest in this useful skill.

Members of T C Farrer's family

T C Farrer's grandparents: Cecilia Farrer née Willis (1794-1867), mother of T H Farrer, and Mary Erskine, Fanny's mother, widow of William Erskine.

T C Farrer's parents and others of their generation:

Thomas Henry Farrer (1819-99), his father.
Frances (Fanny) Farrer, née Erskine (1825-70), his mother.
Katherine Euphemia Farrer, née Wedgwood, (1873-1931), his stepmother. Also signs as Steppy and Effie.
Aunt Mary Hobhouse: T H Farrer's sister, wife of Arthur Hobhouse.
Aunts Henrietta (Hen), Emma and Mary Erskine: Fanny Farrer's sisters.
Aunt Annie and Uncle William J Farrer: T H Farrer's brother and his wife.
Hope Wedgwood: Katherine E Farrer's sister, wife of Godfrey Wedgwood.
Octavius Knox: father in law.
Cecilia Northcote, Lady Iddesleigh: T H Farrer's sister.

T C Farrer's brothers and sisters and their husbands and wives:

Ida Farrer, his sister (christened Emma Cecilia) (1854-1946).
Horace Darwin, her husband.
Claude Erskine Farrer, brother (1864-1890).
Noel Maitland Farrer, brother (1867-1927).
Mabel his wife.

His wives and their brother and sisters:

Evelyn Mary Spring Rice, his first wife (1862-98).
Stephen Spring Rice: her eldest brother (1856-1902) and Julie, Julia, his wife.
Agnes Spring Rice: her eldest sister.
Cecil Spring Rice: her brother (1859-1918).
Florence (Lascelles), his wife.
Gerald Spring Rice: her brother (1864-1916).
Maisie (Bush), his wife.
Margaret (Daisie) Spring Rice: her sister.
Aubrey Birch Reynardson, her husband.
Bernard Spring Rice: her brother (1869-1953).
Cicely (Alexander), his wife.
Georgiana, Georgie Spring Rice: her sister.
Evangeline Farrer (Mim): Evangeline Knox, his 2nd wife (1871-1968).
Dora Knox (Dorothea): her sister.
Hester Bourne: her sister.
Leonard Knox: her brother.
Berthe, his wife.

Cousins: Bryan, Gaspard, Harry, Fritz Farrer, Mary Wedgwood, daughter of Hope and Godfrey.

In-laws: Robert & Monica Bridges: parents of Kitty's husband Edward Bridges.

Lord & Lady Runciman: parents of Oliver Farrer's wife Katherine.

T C Farrer's children's generation:

His children and their husbands and wives.
Cecil Claude: 3rd Baron (1893-1948).
Evelyn (Crook), Eenie, his wife.
Frances Margaret Farrer, Fanny (1895-1977).
Katherine Dianthe, Kitty (b.1896).
Edward Bridges, her husband (1892-1969).
Oliver Farrer, 4th Baron (1904-54).
Katherine (Runciman), his wife.
Anne Lucy (b.1908).

Ida Darwin's children: Erasmus 1881-1915.
Ruth (Rees Thomas) (b.1883).
Nora and her husband Alan Barlow.
Noel's children and step-children: Anthony, 5th Baron 1910-64
Jock and Maggie Mackenzie.
Stephen Spring Rice's children: Dominick Spring Rice.
Honora (Molly) and her husband Charles Booth.
Cecil Spring Rice's children: Betty and Anthony.
Margaret Birch Reynardson's daughter: Evelyn.
Leonard Knox's children: John and Lucy.

Generation of T C Farrer's grandchildren:

Children of Edward and Kitty Bridges: Shirley, Thomas, Robert, Margaret.
Children of Nora and Alan Barlow: Joan, Thomas, Erasmus, Andrew, Hilda, Horace.
Children of Dominick and Marjorie Spring Rice: Stephen and Cecil.

Other cousins include members of the following families:

Erskine, Wedgwood, Marshall (Evelyn Farrer's mother's relations), Mackintosh (both Fanny Farrer and Katherine E Farrer were grand-daughters of Sir James Mackintosh), Hunter Blair.


Old Church, Ullswater: house where the Spring Rice sisters spent the summer, 1882-1913. The visitors' book (in which visitors were expected to write a poem) was privately printed in 1899 by Spottiswoode & Co under the title A Book of Regrets 1882-98.
Idlerocks, Stone, Staffordshire: Wedgwood family house where Katherine E Farrer spent her last years.
Adelmannsfelden (near Stuttgart): home of Evangeline Farrer's German cousins.
Lenzerheide: skiing resort in Engadine, Switzerland.
Pense, Assa, near Regina, NW Territory, Canada: farm and mill run by Spring Rice brothers.
Tillypronie, near Inverness: Sir John Clark's house (close friend of T C Farrer's mother).
High Hobby: house built at Angmering, Sussex, by Evangeline Farrer and named after a cottage in Abinger Hammer.


Jean ADAM: governess
Jessie ADAM: her sister
Julia M ADY: 'Pilgrims' Way'
E S AGNEW: Abinger Athletic Club
Lord AIRLEY: politics
E ALDERTON: political reflections
E ALEXANDER: genealogy
C ALINGTON: Eton matters
W ALLARD: political comment
J E ALLEN: War Loan Commission; (British Association for advancement of Science); transport
J F ALLEN: Surrey County Council colleague
T F ALTHAUS: railway, personal and war. [Althaus was a Rothschild stockbroker. He was born in Britain but had German family and a German born wife]
Lord AMULREE: building materials
R D ANDERSON: (of Waverley) Liberal and local
Eardley APTED: asking for a testimonial
A J ARBUTHNOT: Wotton in 1830
Lord ASHCOMBE: local
Lord ASHFIELD: Underground Railway
Eva ASHTON: family
T G ASHTON: politics and personal
Lord ASKWITH: Cordoba Railway
G R ASKWITH: Red Cross and graves
A W ASTON: Surrey affairs; Box Hill Committee
Lord ASTOR: House of Lords business
R W ATKINSON: visit to House of Lords
W AUSTEN LEIGH: picture of Jane Austen
Lord AVEBURY: parliamentary matters, especially railway
J AVIS: Channel tunnel
J BAGWELL: Irish Railway Co
John BAGWELL: Midland Railway
J BAILEY: business (railway?)
Betty BALFOUR: Women's questions
Elsa BARCLAY: local and personal
R W BARCLAY: The Nower, Dorking
A B BARNES: Midland Railway
F E BARNES: Liberal
G S BARNES: Board of Trade
Sybil BARNES: a women's organisation and Surrey affairs
Rev J BARR: MP - his lectures
W F BARRETT: Liberal
Oswald BARRON: Victoria County Histories and genealogy
C BARTON: Red Cross work
CLAUDE BARTON: Yorkshire farms
Lord BASKERVILLE: newspaper venture
A BASS: Liberal
A BAUMANN: gambling
James BEALE: railway
J S BEALE: railway
Lord BEAUCHAMP: personal and House of Lords business
G BEHRENS: banking and South American railways and Midland Railway
Hugh BELL: Cobden Club and 'stirling' (the word)
H BELLOC: Roman roads
Lord BELPER: railway and other business
Kaïd or Captain A BELTON: news of active service, also (1920) Irish affairs
Ernest BENN: economic arguments
Robert BENSON: T H Farrer's views on money
H F BIDDER: personal and local government
I (?) BIGHAM: Home Counties Liberal Federation
B S BINDER: City Club
W H BINDER: Entre Rios railway
Sarah BIRCH: painting of Evangeline Farrer
Aubrey BIRCH REYNARDSON: business and family (husband of Daisy Spring-Rice)
Oswald BIRLEY: picture of Evangeline Farrer
Augustine BIRRELL: various, including charities
F E BLACKBURN: local and dowsing
J H BLAKESLEY: House of Commons reform
Edward de BLOCK: personal
A H BODKIN: discussion of marriage
Edward BOND: transcription of Dorking registers
H BONHAM CARTER: Liberal and personal
Charles BOOTH: Midland Railway
Lord BOSTON: the Prayer Book (1927)
Stanley BOULTER: business and finance; Aranco railway
G BOURNE: Eton and personal
L A BOURNE: Evangeline Farrer's brother-in-law(?)
Rev Paget BOWMAN: local matters
R A BRANT: SE and Chatham Railway
Lord BRASSEY: railway
C S BRAY AND E BRAY: local, other members of family and railway employment for son
Jocelyn BRAY: local and personal
R A BRAY: estate, local and Surrey Public House Trust
Sandra BRAY: local, including suffragettes
Sir Charles BRESSEY: transport problems
W D Le BRETON: Alexandria railways and telegraphs
T BREX: hotel improvement
Cyprian A G BRIDGE: Surrey War Agricultural Committee
Lowther BRIDGER: National Trust
E E BRIDGES: family (son-on-law); also Robert and Monica Bridges
H BRIERLEY: genealogy
Bertha BROADWOOD: local
Lucy BROADWOOD: local, personal and musical
B BRODIE: Liberal and local
Harry BRODIE: Liberal matters in Surrey
Dr R H BRODRIBB: Guildford GP
Arthur BRODRICK: Surrey County Council and personal
S W BROOKE: parliamentary, personal and general
C BROWN: St Martin's School, Dorking - fishing (1923)
Edmond BROYD: farmer at Hackhurst - thanks
W N BRUCE: wanting a house
E G BRUNKER: 'The Free Trade Union'
John BRUNNER (?): Liberal affairs
Ivor BRYCE: an Eton magazine
Lord BRYCE: Liberal matters
R BRYCE: The Speaker
Lord BUCKMASTER: House of Lords business
W BURDETT-COUTTS: Irrigation Co (1902) and horse breeding
Lord BURGHCLERE: Surrey politics
A E BURY: railway in South America
Oliver BURY: Great Northern Railway and Entre dos Rios Railway
Dr R J BUSSELL: on taxation
J E BUTLER: in army
C R BUXTON: Peace movement during war
Henry BUXTON: (GPO) - liberal politics
Lord BUXTON: Newtimber Place
H G CABETT: Buenos Aires
A CAHEN: Caïffa
F CAMPBELL-BAYARD: Surrey County Council and historical matters
G F M CAMPION: his book on House of Commons
Salvador CANCINO: Mexico
A de CANDOLLE: Ferro Carril del Sud, Buenos Ayres
Edwin CANNAN: economics
W CALVERT: Surrey bench and local matters
J CARR SAUNDERS: Surrey affairs
J C CARTER: Liberal and Midland Railway
Mary CARTER: personal
Arthur CAVE (or CANE): Parliamentary
Lord CAVE: Parliamentary
H T CAWLEY: Free Trade
Hugh CECIL: Parliamentary
Lord CECIL (Hugh): Education
Robert CECIL: Parliamentary
Amy CHALDECOTT: local history
Lord CHALMERS: Parliamentary and personal
R CHALMERS: personal
Austen CHAMBERLAIN: on T H Farrer (1925)
Neville CHAMBERLAIN: canal ownership
A C CHAMIER: Mexican Southern Railway and Caiffa and personal
A F CHANCE: Orchards, Godalming
Sir William CHANCE: Liberal politics
W CHANCE: Women's Suffrage and local affairs
A W CHAPMAN: Surrey County Council
J R CHAPMAN: servants in California
Lord CHARNWOOD: Memorial to Cecil Spring Rice
Allen CHAUNDLER: Haslemere Museum
Bishop of CHESTER: licensing laws etc
Rev Edward A CHICHESTER: local
Lord CHILSTON: Parliamentary and railway
A S CHISHOLM: Post Office business
A C CHITTY: personal
C H CHOMLEY: Australian Free Trade and Liberal Association and request for loan
Lawrence CHOBB: Commons and Footpaths Preservation Society etc
W CHURCHILL: T C Farrer on (1925)
J CHUTER EDE: local affairs, his career etc (1915 on)
J Percy CLARKE: underground
Sir John & Robert CLARK: of Tillypronie, Aberdeenshire, personal and family
J W CLAY: records in Yorkshire
Dugald CLERK: his pamphlets, including Free Trade views
J CLINTON: Midland Railway
P CLOW: gardener at Abinger Hall
E COATES: Surrey County Council
Arthur COCHRANE: family of Cecil Rhodes
Thomas COCHRANE: (railway?) business
George COCKERILL: money and parliamentary
John COE: watercress grower - Abinger Hammer affairs
Lord COLEBROOKE: House of Lords business
Gilbert COLERIDGE: bicycles on the Underground
Lord COLERIDGE: parliamentary
A M COLLARD: T C Farrer's secretary
Arthur COLLEY: his brother's employment by a company in Africa
Jeremiah COLMAN: local
H COLVIN: East India Railway
Sidney COLVIN: his book [on Box Hill?]
Sir M CONWAY: parliamentary
W COOPER: Liberal matters
Wilbraham C COOPER: personal and re Hatchlands
G W COGHTON: business and Argentine Railway
H CORETER (?): competition in industry
E A CORNWALL: railway
G COTTLE: ? Public House Trust employee
W H COTTMAN: personal
Kate COURTNEY: her father's letters to T H Farrer
G COUSSMAKER: about a visit to his house, Westwood, Normandy
W H COWAN: Liberal affairs and parliamentary reform
Harold COX: Liberal, railway and local government
Lord CRAWFORD & BALCARRES: Society of Antiquaries & Council for Preservation of Rural England
Lord CREWE: parliamentary
Henry R CRIPPS: about a manservant
Lord CROMER: Egyptian railways and against votes for women
W M CROOK: Liberal affairs, especially Home Counties Liberal Federation
Herbert CROSFIELD: local Liberal politics
Lord CROSFIELD: Commons and Footpaths business
Miss CROSFIELD: National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies
Percy CROSS: Lord St Davids, J M Keynes and railway
E W CROSSLEY: parish registers
H CUBITT: Surrey matters, especially magistracy
Harry CUBITT: local and personal
E S CURREY: railways, local and family
CURRIE family: personal and local
Walter CURRY: (Reigate) books on local history
Decima CURTIS: married life in Simla
Lord CURZON: Cecil Spring Rice's letters
Lord D'ABERNON: a document
T C DALE: Society of Genealogists (?)
W D DAMPIER: credit mechanism
Lord DANESFORT: parliamentary
J W DANIEL: Surrey County Council
Maud DARWIN: new road in Cambridge
Dr DAVIDSON: Shere doctor
Lord DAVIES: Parliamentary
Lord DENMAN: House of Lords business
H L L DENNY: ? genealogy
Sir H DENNY: local history
Lord DESBOROUGH: Lady Rhondda, parliamentary
J Croft DEVERELL: politics and the bench
W DICKINSON: Liberal affairs
W M DICKINSON: Women's Suffrage
H DOBB: Gertrude Bell Memorial
W J DOWN: Dorking Rural District Council
J C J DRUCKER: Cordoba Central Railway (Mexico)
Hugh DRUMMOND: about an application for decoration
H E DUKE: politics ?
F M & G Daphne DUNNE: Hereford politics
R B DUNWOODY: help in obtaining a position
Rear Admiral Philip DURNAS(?): Surrey roads
W DURNFORD: railway (?)
Lord EBBISHAM: personal
W A ECKERSLEY: railway
E M J EDDY: railway
Clifford EDGAR: work of Bench ?
A EDGCUMBE: South American railways
General Sir E ELLES: Surrey County Council Finance - Surrey affairs
G ELLES: Surrey County Council, personal
Lord EMMOTT: Parliamentary propaganda
Enid ERSKINE: The Nower, Dorking
L R ERSKINE: family
Richardson EVANS: Kingston Vale Fund; amenities and Wimbledon Common
J EVELYN: local and personal
M A EVERSHED: renting a house
Lord EVERSLEY: Commons and Footpaths Society; National Trust and Society of Antiquaries
Mary EWART: (Coneyhurst, Ewhurst) local railway problems
A B F ?: Liberal
Herbert W FAIREY: railway
F FAITHFULL-BEGG (?): Free Trade
Lord FARINGDON: taxation
M FAWCETT: Women's suffrage
A FELL: railway
L FINNEY: Records Committee of Surrey County Council
J FISHER-WILLIAMS: parliamentary representation
E A FITZROY: local history
H M FLETCHER: Abinger Hall drains
W FORBES: London Brighton and South Coast Railway
G E FORREST: local
E M FORSTER: local matters and personal
Laura FORSTER: Abinger Hammer matters
H S FOXWELL: railway
R FRASER-MACKENZIE: family and local
Florence FRITH: litter on Blackheath
D FROTHINGHAM: American Express
E T GAER: Irrigation Co
E J GALT: railway
F & I de la GARDE GRISSELL: Dorking Rural District Council and National Trust
A GARDINER: business
G C GARRICK: Surrey administration
M & E GASKELL: friends
L GAUDIN: Caiffa
W J GEORGE: Argentina railways
J GIBBS: Abinger matters and genealogy
J T GILL: Liberal
T P GILL: railway
Lord GLADSTONE: personal
M S GIUSEPPI: Surrey Record Society
Arthur GODLEY: personal, political and railway
H W GOLDBERG: Liberal candidate
W F GOLDSON: British and Cuban industries
H C & Rose GOODHART: railway
H GOODHART-RENDEL: 'chance' in architecture
H H GORDON CLARK: Surrey County Council etc
Helen GORDON CLARK: local
Edmund GOSSE: Song 'Farewell, Manchester'
P GOUGH: genealogy
J GOVER: coachman
W Guy GRANETT: railway
Rev T R GRANTHAM: young people
F GREENE: proverbs and publication
J W GREGORY: dowsing
Lord GREY: sale of drink
I D GRISSELL (de la Garde): Dorking area affairs
GUILDFORD MUSEUM: gift of Roman coins
J W GULLAND: politics
Douglas HACKING: 'Latter Day Warnings'
A T HADLEY: (USA) economic theory etc
A J HALSEY: local
George HAMILTON: Underground railway
J HAMILTON: Great Eastern Railway
J L HAMMOND: politics and kindred subjects
F HARDING: licensing application and school
F H HARDING: local, JP business
H W L HARFORD: railway and personal
W Cecil HARRIS: Public House business
Wilson HARRIS: article on Trust Houses
R HARRISON: schoolmaster at Abinger Hammer, local and personal
B E HARWOOD: Cecil Farrer's boss
C C HATRY: business
W G HAWKINS: railway
W J B HAYTER: Dorking planning
A R HEATH: local
Cuthbert HEATH: quotations
Edward L HEATH: tenant (at Eversheds)
Olive HEATH: Roman roads, etc
T L HEATH: politics
B R HEATON: local
Beresford M HEATON: local
A P HEDGER: a cancelled conference (?railway) 1912
Lionel HELBERT: headmaster of West Downs School, Winchester attended by Oliver Farrer
P HENRIQUES: Surrey County Council
E Ernest HENSLEY: of Pratsham Grange, local
Octavia HILL: Commons Preservation Society and other public causes
Rev T P HILL: rector of Abinger, local
Vincent HILL: railway
W M HILLCOCKS (?): quotations, comment etc
F W HIRST: Liberal affairs
J HOAD: (blacksmith, Abinger Hammer) Abinger matters
Emily HOARE: League of Nations
Emily HOBHOUSE: Women's Movement for Permanent Peace, appeal for relief in Germany
Henry HOBHOUSE: politics
Mary HOBHOUSE and others: cousins
A S HODGSON: local
H HODGSON: railway
Bernard HOLLAND: railway and personal
Edward J HOLLAND: Surrey County Council etc
Lionel HOLLAND: Liberals
P A HOLLAND: Liberal matters
Betty HOLT: personal
Follett HOLT: River Plate railways and Entre dos Rios Railway, etc
M Q HOLYOAKE: railway position for his son
Sir Robert HOME: Underground
H S HOPKINS: Merstham Liberal Association
R V N HOPKINS: coinage
F J S HOPWOOD: (Board of Trade) railway etc
R S HORNE: The Channel Tunnel, railway, Surrey County Council and reform of House of Lords
M H HOUGHTON: Society of Antiquaries
F A HUCKLE: Reigate Liberal Agent
T F C HUDDLESTON: new road in Cambridge
N HUMPHREYS: Surrey County Council
Dorothy HUNTER: National Trust etc
Sir Robert HUNTER: National Trust etc
J HUNTER BLAIR: genealogy
A R HYDE: local affairs
Cecilia IDDESLEIGH: (Northcote) T C Farrer's aunt
Lord IDDESLEIGH: water supply and sewage
C P ILBERT & family: (cousins) personal
Arthur INGLEBY: Yorkshire affairs
J C INGLES: Great Western Railway
G INWOOD: (chauffeur) in the army
C J ISSETT: condolence
H JACKSON: Inter-oceanic railway
J W JACOMB-HOOD: London & South Western Railway
H JEKYLL: gold coins
B M JENKIN (?): footpaths and roads
J JENKINS: chauffeur
Hilary JENKINSON: Surrey Archaeological Society and Surrey Record Office
H H Helsham JONES: Dorking area good works
Miss JOURDAIN: article on Surrey in the war
B JOWETT: Master of Balliol
Algernon JOY: (USA) railway employment
Mary G KAY: Surrey County Council
Helmer KEY: his book on post-war Europe
H F KILLICK: genealogy, personal, official and Surrey affairs
Joseph KING: Surrey County Council and railway
Percy Robert KING: King family in South Africa
William KING: Abinger Hammer affairs
H S KINGSFORD: Society of Antiquaries
Caleb KNIGHT: wishing to become a County Councillor
J C KNIGHT: railway
Dora (Dorothea) KNOX: family and Irish politics
Edward KNOX
G W KNOX: railway
L KNOX: brother-in-law, family and business
Octavius KNOX: father-in-law, family
Lord KNUTSFORD: parliamentary
Lord KYLSANT: personal and business
John LAMB: camp at Holmbury (and war service elsewhere)
F LAMBARDE: re Society of Antiquaries
U LAMBERT: local history
Norman LAMONT: genealogy
W LANGDON: railway
Lord LANSDOWNE: thanks for letter
E LAW: railway and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
J LAWRENCE: Surrey County Council
Sir Walter LAWRENCE: Indian affairs and Claude Farrer
W R LAWSON: public finance
G LAZENBY: in army
P J LAZENBY: inquiring about his brother, an employee
M A LEADER: genealogy
P P LEAKE: Cremation Society and general
Henry LEE-STEERE: local and personal
C E LEFROY: Round Table conference of publicans, Co Trusts and Brewers
A C LEHMANN: Paterson's emigration
Lord LEVERHULME: London Chamber of Commerce
G LEVESON GOWER: local and personal
Hermann LEVY: (Heidelberg) railway matters
H G LEWIN: railway
Margaret LEWIN: local and family
T H LEWIN: local and family
Lord LINCOLNSHIRE: parliamentary
R S LINDLEY: canals
W LINDLEY: Surrey County Council
T LINTON: zeppelins and taxation
Thomas LISTER: railway
H E LITCHFIELD: local and family
H LLEWELLYN-SMITH: his book on Board of Trade
G W S LODER: Southern Railway
Lord LOREBURN: taxation
John L LOVEDAY: tutor to Cecil Farrer
J L LOWE: Midland railway
F M LOWRY: advice about her son
Muriel LUARD: family
C P LUCAS: New University Club
E V LUCAS: article by A P Herbert
Flora LUGARD: Abinger matters
Frederick LUGARD: Abinger matters chiefly
Lord LUKE: railways
Edwin LUTYENS: his design for RAC Patrol Box
H E LUXMORE: Eton and Cecil Spring Rice
Lord LYTTON: parliamentary
LYZANKACASSEY: political economy
L MACASSEY: Liberals
Norman D MACDONALD: railway
J Allen MCDONALD: Midland Railway
Stanley MACHIN: Post Office
J W MACKAIL: literary etc
Frederick MACKARNESS: parliamentary matters
Reginald MACKEREL: Liberal affairs
Eva MACKINTOSH: family
Hugh MACNAGHTEN: Cecil Farrer's housemaster at Eton
E C MACRAE (?): railway
W MADDEN: Surrey Public House Trust Co Ltd
F MADDISON: Cobden Club and Liberal politics
Philip MAGNUS: invitation to meet a Maharajah
W R MALCOLM: (Coutts Bank) banking systems
H E MALDEN: local history and societies
B MALLET: Oxford colleges
C L MALLET: Liberal politics and personal
Lord MALMESBURY: House of Lords business
S MALTHUS: railway employment for his son Robert
W E MANDELICK: Underground Railway
Isobel M MANISTY: a charity Nurse Society
B MANNING: Chartered Accountants students' dinner; T C Farrer proposing toast
E MARCON [?]: Liberal politics
J MARRIOTT: parliamentary
Frank MARSHALL: railway and family
Stephen MARSHALL: personal
L MARTIN: business
J MASEFIELD: his poem and Robert Bridges' dislike of Goethe
D M M MASON: an appeal; currency matters
P E MATHESON: (New College, Oxford) entry of Cecil Farrer, and other educational matters
J W MATHIESON: Midland Railway
Ivor MAXSE: personal
Lord MAXTON: parliamentary
F A MAZINDIN (?): Board of Trade and railway statistics
William MEIGGS: Argentine Railways
R J MELLER: Surrey County Council
R S MERCER: Surrey County Council
Hugh MERRIMAN: gift to policeman (1910)
A M S METHUEN: politics
Lord MIDLETON: public and parliamentary affairs
Lord & Lady MIDLETON: personal, with some political references
S MILLER: publishing articles in General's Review
J Saxon MILLS: literary
F MIRRIELEES: Abinger affairs
G MOCH: refusing business invitation
P A MOLTENO: on ending the war
W L MONCKTON: Liberals
A MOND Junior: Free Trade Union
L MONKSWELL: railway
Lord MONTAGUE OF BEAULIEU: railway and parliamentary
Lord MONTEAGLE: business, family and parliamentary
Claude MONTEFIORE: personal
C MOORE (or MOON): sale of Gorhambury land (1930)
Norman MOORE: various literary etc
J T C MOORE BRABAZON: footways on country roads
John MORLEY: Liberal matters
Lord MORLEY of B: House of Lords Business, Liberal
A L MUMM: railway and publisher
A MUNDELLA: railway
Arthur MURRAY: price of sugar
Lord MURRAY of ELIBANK: politics
Mark F NAPIER: railway
Ramsay NARES: Surrey County Council and related matters
John NAYLER: railway matters
S NEELE: London and North Western Railway
J T NEWMAN: Surrey Liberal politics
Lord NEWTON: parliamentary
C NICHOLSON: politics
G P NIELD: railway
Louisa M NIELD: railway
R J NIELD: railway
Henry K NISBET: work on railways
P NIVAR ?: personal and parliamentary
Philip NORMAN: historical records
Duke of NORTHUMBERLAND: Moveable Dwellings Bill
OAKWOOD: War Memorial
Vicar of OKEWOOD: local defence
G H OATWAY: Bank of Australasia
Conor O'BRIEN: architect, who designed blacksmith clock in Abinger Hammer
Dermod O'BRIEN: T C Farrer marriage settlement
F OLDHAM: railway
Rev S L OLLARD: local history
E C K OLLIVANT: Erskine Trust
H OLSEN: job for his son
Lord ONSLOW: local, and Surrey Archaeological Society
H ORMEROD: Yorkshire genealogy
A S ORPEN: personal and financial
Abel OVERINGTON: Abinger affairs
Lord OXFORD & ASQUITH: Liberal Headquarters
Ernest OXLEY: railway, personal and shooting
James OXLEY: railway, personal and shooting
M M PADILLAS: South American railways
A C PAIN: parliamentary
T E PAGE: (Charterhouse) classical quotations
Cecil W PAGET: Midland Railway
G PAGET: railway
Lord PAR(?): war legislation
Francis W G PARISH: business
Woodbine PARISH: railway especially Entre Rios
Eric PARKER: Eton anthology
John PARKER: genealogy
Lord PARMOOR (?): parliamentary
R PARSONS: Entre Rios railway
J V PATERSON: 'The Speaker'
J J PAXTON: his son's prospects
G PAYNE: gardener at Abinger Hall
P D PEAKE: Cremation Society
F PEMBER: George Curzon
F W PETHICK-LAWRENCE: political matters
R PETRE: Caïffa
Joan PETRIE: her father's library
Rev James PHELIPS: (Abinger Rector) local
Rev T PHILIPS: (of Headley) - threat to 'Little Switzerland'
Lord PHILLIMORE: parliamentary and town planning
Raleigh PHILPOTTS: electrical machines
Frank PICK: Underground Railway
Spencer PICKERING: railway finance
P PILDITCH: budget and economy
H A PITMAN: genealogy
M PLESSEY: transport matters
C A POGSON: water divining
F J POLLOCK & Georgina H POLLOCK: Liberal and personal
R POPKIN: Cordoba Central Railway and Surrey County Council
W POOLE: Cordoba Central Railway
G POTTER: Abinger
Mary S POWELL: Reigate and Surrey Liberals
Charles E PRICE: railway, including nationalisation
F J RAMSDEN: (Oxford friend) - Furness railway and other railways
Alice RATE: local
Lord RATHEREEDAN: parliamentary
E RAWDON-SMITH: Underground
Dr J D RAWLINGS: personal
H D RAWNSLEY: Sir Robert Hunter Memorial, and amenities generally
Frances RAWSTORNE: prisoners of war
Madeleine RAWSTORNE: (cousin) - personal
Jabez READ: on farming
Russell REAY: railway
B REFFELL: (school teacher, Abinger Hammer) - local
Andrew REID: Liberal affairs
Daphne RENDEL: personal
J H RENTON: Surrey County Council
Lord RIBBLESDALE: Liberal affairs in House of Lords and business
Horace RICARDO: local
B L RICHMOND: (The Times) - asking T C Farrer to review a book
Lord RIPON: House of Lords business
W N ROBERTSON: workers' pay
Rennell RODD: personal
Lord RONALDSAY: GNC's letters
Mrs E H ROOKE: about Mrs Wise, mother of under-gardener
Henry S ROSCOE: Shere affairs
Lord ROSEBERY: politics
Hilda RUNCIMAN: as below
Lord RUNCIMAN: (Oliver's father-in-law) - family and political
Dora F RUSSELL: about Entre Rios railway shares
Flora RUSSELL: local
Harold RUSSELL: legal practice in railway matters
D W RUTHERFORD: personal
C E O RUTTER: shipping industry
Lord SALISBURY: Government business
L SALOMON: local and National Trust
A M SAMUEL: local
Herbert SAMUEL: Home Counties Liberal Federation
W H SANDS: railway
? SANDTLEY: (Philadelphia) - railway
M L SANT: Surrey Constabulary matters
Emma SHAU: T C Farrer's governess
W L SHAW: University Appointments Association
C SCHUSTER: parliamentary procedure
Felix SCHUSTER: money and inflation
C S SCOTT: personal and railway
W J SCOTT: political matters
J B SEELY: cross-channel aeroplanes
Lord SELBORNE: quotations
Margaret J SHAEN: Octavia Hill Memorial
W A B SHAND: of Oxford, went to Queensland to become a judge
E SHAR (?): invitation
Lord SHAW of DUNFERMLINE: his book, and personal
Lord SHEFFIELD: economic matters
S SHEPHEARD: business
E S SHRAPNELL-SMITH: motor traffic
W SHURSTON (?): Mexican railways
Lord SHUTTLEWORTH: railway, canal and House of Lords business
Sir John SIMON: personal and parliamentary
Grace SKEATS: Surrey County Council
F SMALLPIECE: clerk to justices
F E J SMITH: personal
G Murray SMITH: railway and personal
Isabel SMITH: personal
K SMITH: genealogy
Lord SNELL: village life
Philip SNOWDEN: railway, politics, Tilford affairs and personal
James SOMERSET: Reigate Liberals
Lord SOUTHBOROUGH: roads and parliamentary business
Archibald N J SOUTHBY (?): MP - Surrey honesty
Lord SOUTHWARK: Decimal coinage
Lord SPENCER: House of Lords business
J A SPENDER: Westminster Gazette and Liberal politics
Keith SPENS: railway
N (?) SPENS: Gold standard
Edgar SPEYER: Underground railway
W A SPOONER: New College entrance
J C STAMP: re paper in Economic Journal
M STANLEY: Underground and omnibuses
J STEAD (?): author, liberal
Charles STEEL: railway
Harry STEPHEN: personal
M J STEPHENS: railway
H H STEWARD: railway service
(Rev?) M J STEWART: money and Cordoba Central Railway
W M STEWART: railway
Archibald STIRLING: public expenditure
Francis STOPFORD: railway
Ray STRACHEY: women's movement
St Loe STRACHEY: including Liberal matters
Lord STRACHIE: public affairs
E STRAKER: local history
Lord STUART OF WORTLEY (C B STUART-WORTLEY): railway and ferry services
H STURDY: The Red Queen etc
John SWAN: seaman asking for
Mildred TALLENTS: personal
S TALLENTS: business and personal
TATHAM family: local affairs
John G TAYLOR: local history and records; 'bavins'
C THOMAS: railway
H THOMPSON: family and political comment
W B THOMPSON: railway speeds
Mark THORNHILL: a loan
Arthur THRING: parliamentary
A T THRING: family, local and parliamentary
Catherine THRING: family, local and parliamentary
R M TILLEY: re railway employment
F TOMKINSON: business and Upper Norwood University Extension Society
George TOUCHE: parliamentary, local and personal
H W TRAILL (?): editor of 'Literature'
G L TREDCROFT: her son, a motor mechanic
S TRENAM: asking for a job
George TREVELYAN: T H Farrer's papers
R C TREVELYAN: T H Farrer's papers
W TROTTER: surgeon
Mabel TUKE: Women's Social and Political Union
Thackeray TURNER: Hydon's Ball
W TYRRELL: Foreign Office appointment
G TYYSER: in air raid
H TYSER: his call up
J H VANT: (Settle solicitor) - farms in Yorkshire
Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: personal, folk songs
Roland VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: local, especially footpaths
H A VERNET: personal
Sir Harry VERNEY: railway
Douglas VICKERS: Midland Railway
William VINCENT: Surrey affairs
Edward D WAITE: (painter) - pictures and personal
L A WALDRON: business
A WALTERS: (Evelyn lawyer?) trees on Hammer Marsh (1914)
Oscar WARBURG: politics and local
Courtenay WARNER: politics
B R WARREN: solicitor, Shere manorial courts (1910)
Edwin & Helen WATERHOUSE: of Holmbury - local and personal
H WATERSTON: farmer at Hackhurst Farm
Beatrice WEBB: socialist theories, Fabian Society visit
H WEBB: Surrey affairs
H Darlow (?) WEBB: local
Sidney WEBB: agriculture, cottages, Fabian summer school
C WEDGWOOD: (1914) - cups with Underground motif
G WEDGWOOD: railway and family
Hope WEDGWOOD: family etc
Josiah WEDGWOOD: family and politics
Ralph WEDGWOOD: railway work and railway matters
Lord WELBY: Liberal affairs
Edward W WELLS: railway
Algernon WEST: editor (?) and author
Henry WIGGIN: Midland Railway
Aneurin WILLIAMS: re proportional representation
J A WILLIAMS: economics
Clough WILLIAMS-ELLIS: amenity
Arnold WILSON: Industrial Assurance
S E WINBOLT: Roman roads
Bishop of WINCHESTER: politics (?)
Emma WINKWORTH: Liberal and personal
Arthur T WINN: wills
Lord WOLMER: Post Office
Ralph & Violette WOOD: local and personal
Percy WOODS: Surrey Archaeological Society, Surrey records etc
G E WOODS HUMPHERY: Imperial Airways Ltd
W B WORTHINGTON: railway work
Colonel J W WRAY: recruiting and related matters
Lord WRENBURY: personal
A YEO: campaign against motorbicycles in countryside (1927)
H YORKE: house in Marylebone
A B F YOUNG: Liberal matters
W L YOUNG: business
Conrad ZEPPELIN: re a prisoner of war in England


The records have been arranged into four parts: 2572/1/- to 2572/82/- are the letters and papers of T C Farrer; 2572/83/- to 2572/99/- are the letters and papers of T H Farrer; 2572/100/- to 2572/141/- are the papers of Evangeline Farrer; 2572/142/- to 2572/2/155/- consist of other records.

Access Information

All Farrer material may be viewed and photographed under fair dealing without permission. Requests to publish must be referred to the depositor.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Anne L Farrer in 1981.

Other Finding Aids

An item level description of the archive is available on the Surrey History Centre online catalogue

Related Material

An earlier deposit (2463/-) comprises deeds of the Abinger Hall Estate, plans of Abinger Hall, some volumes of estate accounts, personal (and some business) letters of T H Farrer, and correspondence and papers of F M Farrer when Secretary of the Leith Hill Musical Festival. In addition an estate account book, 1891-1903, (when William King was acting as agent) is among the records of the building firm of W & G King (see G150/13). R A Bray of Shere was agent for Lord Farrer for some years during the early part of the twentieth century, and letters for this period are in his letter books (see G85/37/1-2).

For the genealogical private publications 'Some Farrer Memorials' (1923), 1930 Christmas greeting card with Farrer family tree and discussion of family names, and 'Farrer Wills' (1936), with associated correspondence and notes, see 3745.

For papers of Anne L Farrer (1908-1992) relating to The Abinger Pageant, see 8852. The Pageant took place in the Old Rectory Garden, Abinger Common, on 14 and 18 July 1934 to raise funds for the repair of the old parish church. The Pageant comprised six episodes and its narrative was written by E M Forster. The music was composed and arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams who also conducted the choir. The Pageant Master was Tom Harrison. The Pageant committee was headed by Thomas Cecil Farrer, and his daughter Anne was the Pageant secretary.

For papers of Evangeline Farrer (1871-1968) and Frances Farrer (1895-1977) relating to Leith Hill Musical Competition and Festival, see 8853.

For papers of members of the Farrer family in their capacity as officers of the Abinger Schools Committee and, later, of the Abinger Hall Estate Company, see 8854 and 9608.

The deposit of principally family records (9609) is additional to accession 2572, the correspondence archive of Thomas Cecil Farrer, 2nd Baron Farrer, and relates largely to the preceding two generations, most substantially and significantly to his father, Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer, the founder of Abinger Hall as the family's Surrey seat. TH Farrer's correspondence includes material of political interest, 1875-1899, as well as a series written by his sister Mary, Lady Hobhouse, describing life in British India, 1872-1878 (-/4/). A small group of personal and family letters of TH Farrer's parents is included, most covering 1815-1833. The family home Abinger Hall, demolished in 1959, is well documented in -/1/-, in particular original plans by Alfred Waterhouse (1830-1905) and those photographs detailing interior features and furnishings during the later 19th century. Among a small quantity of papers of Dame Frances Farrer, TC Farrer's daughter, are letters relating to the tenancy of the Farrer property West Hackhurst by the novelist and essayist EM Forster (1879-1970).

For further letters and papers of Thomas Henry Farrer, Thomas Cecil Farrer and Evangeline Farrer, which continue and complement the material in 2572 and 9609, see 9792 and 9793.

A quantity of T H Farrer's papers, largely concerned with currency questions, are in the British Library of Political and Economic Science. Sir Cecil Spring Rice's papers are deposited at Churchill College, Cambridge. The archive of the Commons and Footpaths Preservation Society (see 2572/34-81) has been deposited in the House of Lords Records Office (ref Hist Coll no 109).


An obituary of T C Farrer appeared in The Times on 13 April 1940, and in the Surrey Archaeological Collections , volume 47 (1941), pp123-125. The latter lists his own publications in the fields of genealogy and records.

Geographical Names