Siegfried and Hester Sassoon: Letters to the Gatty Family

Scope and Content

Siegfried Sassoon to Jessica Gatty, 1959-1966, nos. 1-38.

Siegfried Sassoon to Richard and Pamela Gatty, 1959-1961, nos. 39-44.

Richard Gatty to Siegfried Sassoon (drafts), 1961, nos. 45-49.

Hester Sassoon to Richard Gatty, c. 1950-1961, nos. 50-54.

Hester Sassoon to Pamela Gatty, c. 1959-1965, nos. 55-65.

Hester Sassoon to Jessica Gatty, undated, no. 66.

Administrative / Biographical History

Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (1886-1967), poet and author, married Hester Gatty (b. 1906) in 1933 and had a son, George. After some years Hester took up residency on the island of Mull, with occasional visits to Siegfried at Heytesbury House, Wiltshire. Her brother Richard and his wife Pamela lived at Pepper Arden, Northallerton, Yorkshire, and their daughter Jessica was Sassoon's god-daughter.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs. Pamela Gatty, 1981.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other papers of Siegfried Sassoon, MSS.Add.7935, 8483-8494, 8538, 8539, 8541, and 8889, as well as letters from Siegfried and Hester Sassoon to Sir Geoffrey and Margaret Keynes, MS.Add.8633. There are also microfilms of the drafts of poems dating from 1897-1965, Microfilm MSS 11283-11287. Books from Sassoon's library are in the Rare Books class CCC.39.