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  • IE OCL P131/2/2/4/5
  • File
  • 19 March 1928-16 June 1932
  • Part of Loughton Papers

Letters sent to Theodora Trench from 1928 until 1932.

The majority of the letters within the file are from family members.
Examples include a letter from Sheelah Lefroy dated 19 March 1928 which was sent aboard the S.S Rawalpindi. In this letter she discusses her difficulty with sea sickness.

Also contained within the file are letters from Blanche Trench, Hurst House, Berkshire, England, the letters are of a personal nature covering health issues and birthdays.


  • IE OCL P131/2/2/4/8
  • File
  • 22 January 1948-18 November 1952
  • Part of Loughton Papers

This file contains letters sent to and received by Theodora Trench between 1948 and 1853.
The majority of the letters were sent by Sheelah Lefroy and Buffy [?].

In 1948 Buffy spent time travelling across Africa and sent Theodora letters describing places such as Mount Kenya, Nairobi and Kenya. Buffy also describes her dissatisfaction with the air mail system and her day to day timetable.

Within her letters Sheelah discusses topics such as Theodora's financial problems, hiring a couple to work for her, birthday wishes and foddering.

Lefroy, Sheelah Georgiana Bertha

Bertha's trip to Mexico.

  • IE OCL P131/2/2/3/3/4
  • File
  • 4 February 1895-22 March 1895
  • Part of Loughton Papers

File of letters from Bertha Turnor to Dora Trench. The letters are written from Mexico and the United States.
In the letters Bertha discusses her travels around Mexico to places such as Puebla and Merida. She states her delight at visiting a place free from tourists yet also expresses her disappointment with the poverty and sub-par facilities she encountered.

Turnor, Bertha

Bertha's trip to North America and Cuba.

During 1894 and 1895 Bertha visited North America and Cuba, this file contains the letters she sent to her sister Dora Trench during this time.

In a letter dated 4 November 1894 she writes about Niagra falls,' Friday was a glorious day day, warm & bright. I spent all of it sitting in the sun, looking at the Falls from various points of view. I was not disappointed in them. They are grand in spite of everything having been done to spoil the place. There are great factories close by, worked by the water, the banks are linded with lifts & railways of all sorts to pull you up & down. You are pursued by guides & drivers & men selling shell boxes, photos & mugs with "Niagara" on there, as mementos & a huge advertisement of "Carters little Liver pills" is just above one fall!..'

She also writes of her disappointment with Cuba, ' ... I am much disappointed in Havana. There is nothing to remind one, one is in the tropics except the heat. It is just like Marseilles are one of the Sout European towns the same narrow ill paved streets, & the same street houses with the plaster peeling of & muels with bells and tassels, only there are no beautiful mountains & no interesting buildings & hardly any trees, which most tropical towns have...'

Turnor, Bertha

Blanche Helen Mackey photograph album.

Photograph album of photos compiled by Blanche Helen Mackey née Trench. The photograph album contains photographs of her travels to Switzerland and Italy. The album includes photographs of Blanche Trench and her traveling companions rowing, hiking and visiting places such as Grimsel Pass and Lake Como.

Diaries 1880-1889.

  • IE OCL P131/2/3/2/3
  • File
  • 1 January 1880-31 December 1889
  • Part of Loughton Papers

File of diaries belonging to Dora Turnor.

The diaries chart happy experiences with her family and friends. On 23 February 1883 Dora writes about time she spent in the south of France, 'Went to Monte Carlo. Lunched with Murrays. Drove to see palace at Monaco. Sat in garden with [Thoralds], I went to hear concert. Home at 5. Staid (sic) in salon till 10 pm. Mr J sang. Very hot & fine.' On 27 April 1885 she writes, ' Left Mentone at 2.30. Had carraige to ourselves got to Pegli at 9.30 pm pouring, pitch dark & no bus. Went to Grand Hotel. Met Capt. & Mrs Pryse (Pau) at station. Got 5 bunches of roses & 2 presents. Fine, hot.'

The diary also charts her relationship with Benjamin Bloomfield Trench and significant events such as her wedding on 25 July 1889.
'My wedding day. Drove to the church with Edie & Bert, St. Mary's Bolton . Afterwards to Edie's house. Bennie & I left (dark blue & gold silk dress) at 5.30, arrived at Stoke at 8.40 dropped down from [?]. Dull, heavy showers am, fine pm.'

The diary also explores difficult aspects of Dora's life such as her fathers death on 7 March 1886. 'B & I went to church am. Went to Papa's room for a few minutes till 3- again at 5- all was over by 5.15 Papa never spoke or opened his eyes all day...'.


Summers traveling, Lough Derg, Mrs Austin Boyle, Ennistymon Clare, Cliffs of Moher, Quilty Clare, Glendalough
Sheelah at the bay, Rock of Cashel','picnic on Lough Derg'

Letters from Bertha from Stockholm 1897.

Letters sent to Dora Trench by Bertha Turnor during Bertha's time in Stockholm Sweden.

In one letter of note Bertha writes about a visit to the Swedish palace, '....A servant footman there showed us into a room where a lot of ladies, all in black with white sleeves were standing about & talking. Tea was being handed around but as Mrs P did not take any, I thought I had better not. I did not see anyone I know except for [Countess] Wachtmeister the Mistress of the Robes, who we had called on at the Palace. She shook hands, & then asked us to follow her into a little room next door. That is where the diplomats are received. There were only 9 of us there. The German minister's wife with a daughter & friend- Mrs P. niece & Sue the American [?] wife Mrs O'Neill with 2 daughters. We stood in a row on one side . After a few minutes waiting the doors were thrown open & the Queen came in followed by a [?] & 2 or 3 gentlemen. She was dressed in a high purple velvet gown with a headdress of feathers & lace & diamonds about. We all curtsied. She first talked for sometime in German to the 3 Germans. Then in excellent English to Mrs P. She asked if she had got into her flat yet & about the weather, skating, [?], including miss P & I. I made a remark about the skating but Mrs P did most of it..'

Turnor, Bertha

Letters from Constance Lamb to Maria Blanche Plunkett-Johnston.

Eleven letters from Constance Plunkett-Johnston to her mother Maria Blanche Plunkett-Johnston at Rockfield, Moate, County Westmeath. Constance was traveling to Germany with her cousin, Eva Marsh (later Monteith), and described their trip in great detail. Her letters are sent from the Euston Hotel, London, England; the Lord Warden Hotel, Dover, England; the Hotel De Flandre, Brussels, Belgium; the Grand Hotel, Homburg, Germany; Morley's Hotel, Trafalgar Square, London, England; and Mount Jerome, Harold's Cross, Dublin, Ireland.

Mainland Europe.

Photographic negatives taken of Salies-de-Béarn.Three photographs of the exterior of Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany.Photographs and photographic negatives taken by Theodora Trench in Switzerland. The photos show people engaging in activities such as ice skating and skiing. There are also photographs of the surrounding natural beauty.
File of photographs and negatives of Italy. The file contains photographs of the Italian landscape, a photograph of Pompeii and photographs of the Dolomites.

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