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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleCobbold, Lady Hermione
Ref No8SUF/B/107
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 23
Date23 Sep 1976
Extent48:38 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Lord Lytton
DescriptionInterview took place at Lake House, Knebworth, Herts. Interviewee is the daughter of suffrage supporter Lord Victor Lytton, 2nd Earl. Also see other interview related to Lord Lytton [8SUF/B/051, 8SUF/B/110, 8SUF/B/113].

Interview summary:

0:00 mins: Her father's (Lord Victor Lytton) personality. His way with his children. His interest in ideas and psychoanalysis (Homer Lane mentioned). Her childhood enjoyment of his reading voice and cycling. His roller skating in the street. His acting at Cambridge and local drama production. A winter spent at Knebworth and their walks together. Her regrets at not having learnt more from him. His great knowledge of bird song. His survey of the estate in conjunction with the village school. Her mother [Pamela Chichele-Plowden] running the household and her interest in the political, social and literary world. Her father's interest in Parents' National Education Union (PNEU).

15:00 mins: Her early life in London and the move to Knebworth. The nursery, governesses and education. England before the First World War. Entertaining and eating at Knebworth. Her parents' interest in the children's play. Their move to the town house in London and education there. Their move to India in 1922 and how it divided the family. Her father's love of skating, mountaineering and skiing. Family holidays. Entertaining of political and literary figures (including the Balfours and the Cecils) as well as those concerned with health (including FM Alexander).

30:00 mins: Her father's curiosity about health matters and later preoccupation with his own health. Homer Lane and FM Alexander. Her father's depressions. The effects on him of his work in India. His congeniality with his staff. His loveable and sympathetic character. His book about his son and the happiness it brought him. Her parents' interest in village affairs. Her love for her Aunt Con [Lady Constance Lytton] who became a suffragette. Her aunt's character and work with fostering children.

45:00 mins: Constance Lytton's relationship with her brother and sister in law. Victor Lytton's brotherly support to Constance Lytton. His romantic chivalry.
Related Record8SUF/B/051
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 38
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