Bibliography - Wolseley, Frances Garnet, 2nd Viscountess Wolseley
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born - 15 September 1872, Pimlico, London
died - 24 December 1936, Culpepers, Ardingly

Publications by Viscountess Wolseley


Francis Garnet, Viscountess Wolseley. A Appreciation, by S.C.M. Contributor(s), published 1937 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. XI no. 2, article, pp.76-78) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2316][Lib 9332] & The Keep [LIB/500182]

Obituary: The Viscountess Wolseley, by S.N.Q. contributor, published February 1937 in Sussex Notes & Queries (vol. VI no. 5, article, pp.153-154) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12537][Lib 8863][Lib 8224] & The Keep [LIB/500208] & S.A.S. library

The Wolseley Heritage: The Story Of Frances Viscountess Wolseley And Her Parents , by Marjory Pegram, published 1939 (293 pp., London: John Murray) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

The Wolseley Memorial at Ardingly, by Editor, published August 1939 in Sussex Notes & Queries (vol. VII no. 7, note, pp.220-222) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12536][Lib 8864][Lib 2206] & The Keep [LIB/500209] & S.A.S. library

Papers of Viscountess Wolseley, published 1965 (National Register of Archives) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 10189]

The Wolseley Library in Hove, by Jack Dove, published 1972 in Library Review (vol. 23, issue 5, article, pp.187-190)   View Online
IN THE PERIOD 1925 to 1927, at the request of Viscountess Wolseley, the Corporation of Hove erected and equipped at Hove Central Library at a cost of £1100 a room known as Viscountess Wolseley's Room. This room, established and endowed by Viscountess Wolseley, was dedicated to the study of agriculture and horticulture. It was built on the site of a former roof garden; semicircular in design, it was intended to be the repository of books, prints, documents and other objects which would form sources of local history. The official opening was on 31 July 1928, and to mark the opening Viscountess Wolseley arranged a series of exhibitions to display aspects of social life in Sussex in bygone days.

Maison Dieu, Arundel: medieval endeavour in Sussex, by Arthur, J. R. B., published 1989 (London: William Heinemann)   View Online

Ragged Lands: Viscountess Wolseley's College for Lady Gardeners, Glynde, by Diana Crook, published 1 March 2008 (67 pp., Dale House Press, ISBN-10: 1900841053 & ISBN-13: 9781900841054) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/502707] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
Review by Juliet Clarke in Sussex Past and Present no. 115, August 2008:
First printed in a limited edition in 2002, this many-layered story of a pioneering College for Lady Gardeners before and during WWI is now available in expanded form. The College was created by the Hon Frances Wolseley, daughter of an illustrious military father. Pampered in childhood, as she moved to maturity her parents rejected and disinherited her. The enterprise resulted largely from her attempt to deal with their quixotic if mannered brutality. She found generous friends and sponsors; her Victorian upbringing had given her the moral high ground and an obligation to public service; crucially though she had a love of the practical and spiritual elements of gardens and gardening. What she had learnt from the (male) gardeners at stately homes throughout her youth, combined with her own aesthetic sense to inform a conviction that women made the best supervising gardeners.
She developed a school to help women (of the right class) learn the business of professional gardening. The creation of an Italianate garden at Glynde near Lewes, where students could gain practical experience, provides the setting for a large and eccentric cast. New material in this edition includes extracts from Frances Wolseley's private diaries that show a small community with a ritualised regime of uniquely designed ceremonies, uniforms, and punishments. This evolved from a mixture of military and nautical influences although an attempt to include men as students was short lived; having established the garden to her satisfaction the predominant struggle was with what Viscountess Wolseley described as the "endless vagaries of the female mind".