We are indebted to the staff of the Wiltshire and Swindon Archives (formerly the Wiltshire and Swindon record Office) for their support in the production of this transcription.
We would also wish to express our gratitude to the people of Berwick St John, in particular Lady Giffard, church warden, for bringing Charlotte’s diaries to our attention in the first instance; Julia and Richard Hall, for their great kindness in showing us around Lower Bridmore farmhouse – quite literally from top to bottom; and Dee Follett, church warden, and her husband Nigel, for their unfailing warm welcome at Easton Farm.
Thanks too must go to our family and friends for their help, support and advice, but especially to our dear and kind friend, Margaret Hambling. For somehow finding time between her studies to assist with the typing, our special thanks go to Jenni Lane; and a warm thank you also to cartographer and friend, Victor Pettitt, for his beautiful maps.
Finally, we acknowledge the late Desmond Hawkins, novelist, critic and broadcaster. Within the context of his lifetime’s work and achievement our own efforts are made humble.
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