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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitlePicton-Turbervill, Wilfrid
Ref No8SUF/B/174
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 35
LevelFile
Date8 Oct 1977
Extent61:50 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Edith Picton-Turbervill
DescriptionInterview took place at Mill End House, Clavering, Saffron Walden, CB11 4RV. Interviewee is the nephew of Edith Picton-Turbevill. Mrs Legge, Wilfrid's cousin and Edith Picton-Turbevill's executor and residuary legatee, was present at the interview.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Edith Picton-Turbevill striking and handsome. Slightly deaf, as was her twin Beatrice. Before moving to a hotel in Cheltenham, and then into a house with Mrs Gibbins, Edith shared a flat with Emily Kinnaird in London. No close contact with the Labour Party. Edith a dominant person.

15:00 mins:
Edith Picton-Turbevill was strong, mentally active, a bridge player. Her family did not approve of her becoming a Labour MP. Brought up in a Welsh mining area. Not good with children but interested. Impatient. Business-like and efficient. Her friend, Chrystal Macmillan, a formidable Scot. In her eighties, Edith edited a book. She returned to her Welsh birthplace every year. No work in Second World War, too old. She had a loud voice and could be embarrassing. Regarded by the family with awe and affection.

30:00 mins:
Bea lived with a woman called McNaughton nearby in Cheltenham, a governor of a Barnardo's mission hostel. Edith and Mrs Gibbins had a cook and a maid. She lost her fighting spirit but no longer interested in being involved in politics. The twins alike physically but not mentally; Bea an arch-Conservative. Edith could not tolerate small talk and could be rude.

45:00 mins:
Proud of her reputation and of her contacts. Nothing much to her career after 1939. Mental trouble in later life. A happy person with a sense of humour.

60:00 mins:
An anecdote about lunch with Lady Astor before the Second World War.
URLhttps://www.lse.ac.uk/library/collection-highlights/the-suffrage-interviews
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 68
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