Flora Thompson (1876–1947)
author of
'Lark Rise to Candleford,' 'Heatherley,'
'Still Glides the Stream' and 'The Peverel Papers'

Flora Thompson - bust in Liphook (8K)
Sculpture of Flora Thompson at Liphook by Philip Jackson
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More Photographs relating to Flora Thompson — other photos

Flora Thompson's nephew Bernard Lane at the 'End Cottage' in Juniper Hill c.1999

Bernard John Lane, nephew of Flora, at Juniper Hill c.1999.

He was the son of May Timms.

[photo donated by Bernard's daughter, Trisha Coker]

Close-up of the plaque on Flora's house in Juniper Hill.

[photo donated by Trisha Coker]

Plaque in Cottisford Church.

 

Plaque in Fringford Church.

 

Grayshott Post Office 1900, where Flora Thompson worked

Walter Chapman's post office (on right) in Grayshott where Flora worked 1898-1900 [This picture taken in 1900]

She writes about this time of her life in Heatherley.

She left Grayshott, married another post office worker, John Thompson, and they lived in Bournemouth until 1916, when he was promoted to Liphook – only a few miles away from Grayshott.

Dartmouth plaque to Flora Thompson

Close-up of the blue plaque placed on Amity, site of Flora's post office in Grayshott, in May 2009.

[plaque made and donated by Grayshott Pottery]

Grayshott Post Office 1900, where Flora Thompson worked

After she found living with the Chapmans in Grayshott post office intolerable, Flora found herself lodgings elsewhere.

From details in the 1901 census, although Flora herself was not there then, we believe that this was at The Ferns in The Avenue, Grayshott.

At the time Flora resided there, there was no building attached to the right, and her room (first floor on the right) would have been double-aspect with the possibility, as she implies, of views to the South Downs.

Today, what is believed to be the original fireplace where she would have 'destroyed her own scraps of writing' still exists in the room.

This picture of The Ferns was taken in the 1960s when the house had been split into two accommodations each with a separate front door.

Dartmouth plaque to Flora Thompson

Close-up of the blue plaque placed on The Ferns in Grayshott in May 2007.

[plaque made and donated by Grayshott Pottery]

Dartmouth plaque to Flora Thompson

Plaque on 2 Edgehill Road, Winton, Bournemouth just after being unveiled on 9th April 2008 by Olivia Hallinan ('Laura' in the BBC production of Lark Rise to Candleford).

Liphook Post Office c.1914, just before Flora Thompson and her husband moved there

Liphook Post Office as it was when John Thompson was postmaster 1916-1928 – it is now a Bank. [This picture taken around 1914]
The Thompsons lived in the building on the left until 1927 (see plaque below) when they moved to Woolmer Gate.

Liphook Post Office c.1914, just before Flora Thompson and her husband moved there

Another view of Liphook Post Office from the opposite direction, c.1910.

Woolmer Gate in Griggs Green, bought by Flora Thompson and her husband in 1926

'Woolmer Gate' in Griggs Green, just outside Liphook, was new when the Thompson's bought it in 1926.

[This picture was taken in the 1990s when the house was for sale again, extended (to the left) from its original form — see further info]

But, much as Flora loved it here, they stayed for less than two years – John went for promotion again, and they left for Dartmouth in 1928.

Dartmouth plaque to Flora Thompson

The house in Above Town, Dartmouth where the Thompsons moved in 1928.

It was from here that she submitted 'Lark Rise' to Oxford University Press in 1938.

They lived here until John retired from the post office in 1940, when they moved to Brixham, where she died on 21st May 1947.

[photo taken by Marianne Follett, August 2006]

Dartmouth plaque to Flora Thompson

Close-up of the blue plaque at the house in Dartmouth.

[photo taken by Marianne Follett, August 2006]

Dartmouth plaque to Flora Thompson
Dartmouth plaque to Flora Thompson

Lauriston, Brixham where Flora died 21st May 1947.

 

Dartmouth plaque to Flora Thompson

Blue plaque unveiled at Lauriston, Brixham on 5th December 2008.

[picture courtesy of Torbay Civic Society]

Dartmough cemetery memorial to Flora Thompson and her son Peter Thompson

The memorial to Flora and her son Peter in Longcross Cemetery, Dartmouth

(with a copy of Heatherley to show scale)

Dartmough cemetery memorial to Flora Thompson and her son Peter Thompson

The sculpture of Flora by Philip Jackson now in Liphook Library

It was first unveiled outside Liphook Sorting Office in Portsmouth Road in 1981, then re-cast after being vandalised and re-sited inside the Library in 1995

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