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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitlePicton-Turbervill, Wilfrid
Ref No8SUF/B/174
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 35
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.
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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