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  • Event: COLLEEN BAWN, THE
  • Person:

    : Boucicault, Dion, (Dionysius Lardner), Mr., 1820-1890

    : Boucicault, Dion William, Mr., 1855-1876

    : Bourcicault, George Darley, Mr.

    : Boucicault, Darley George, Mr.

  • Date: 1.1876
  • Brief description:

    Material relating to the death of Boucicault's eldest son, Dion William Boucicault, in a railway accident at Abbots Ripton, on January 21, 1876, including

    item 1 -- a photocopied page (p. 309) from The History of the Great Northern Railway, 1845-1902, by Charles H. Grinling, H. V. Borley and C. Hamilton Ellis, Methuen, 1903, describing the Abbots Ripton accident;

    item 2 -- Barnett's Official Streetplan of Huntingdon and Godmanchester;

    item 3 -- a brochure about Abbots Ripton Hall Gardens, listing the plants in the gardens;

    item 4 -- a leaflet about Ramsey Rural Museum, not far from Huntingdon;

    item 5 -- 1 letter from the Huntingdonshire County Librarian and 7 letters from the Huntingdonshire County Archivist responding to an enquiry by Christopher Calthrop about the Abbots Ripton disaster; these mention an Illustrated London News article, dated 29th January 1876, about the disaster; possible efforts by Dion Boucicault to commemorate the accident in Huntingdon (including restoration of the old Grammar School, a drinking fountain, and a cross at the site of the accident); and Dion William's grave;

    item 6 -- 1 letter from the editor and 2 letters from the librarian of the Peterborough Citizen and Advertiser in response to an enquiry by Christopher Calthrop about the Abbots Ripton accident; these mention photostats provided to Calthrop, but there are not as many among these documents as are mentioned in the letters;

    item 7 -- photostat of a newspaper article describing the Abbots Ripton rail accident; it is not clear from which paper, possibly the Peterborough Citizen and Advertiser; the article is incomplete and partly illegible;

    item 8 -- 1 letter from the headmaster of Huntingdon Grammar School in response to an enquiry about Boucicault's efforts to commemorate Dion William and the Abbots Ripton accident;

    item 9 -- 1 letter from the editor of the Huntingdon newspaper The Hunts Post, saying they are unable to assist in Calthrop's research;

    item 10 -- 1 letter from a Cambridgeshire County Museums Officer requesting a picture of Dion and Dion William Boucicault and information about the restoration of the old Grammar School in Huntingdon, now the Cromwell Museum, in which Boucicault was involved;

    item 11 -- 1 letter from the archivist of the British Transport Historical Records office, informing Calthrop that he can find no reference to the memorial to Dion William which Calthrop had enquired about;

    item 12 -- 1 letter from a resident of Huntingdon, possibly from a family of stonemasons, informs Calthrop that he has no information about the Boucicault memorials, as his company's records don't go sufficiently far back;

    item 13 -- 1 letter from the British Railways Eastern Region Public Relations Officer in response to an enquiry by Calthrop about a memorial etrected by Boucicault near the Abbots Ripton crash site;

    item 14 -- 2 letters from a temporary curator of a Huntingdonshire museum in response to enquiries by Calthrop about the drinking fountain and restoration of the old Grammar School;

    item 15 -- 1 newspaper cutting from The Hunts Post, 6th February, 1969, showing a photograph of a white stone cross next to a railway track, accompanied by a letter from Christopher Calthrop asking the public for information on the whereabouts of the memorial since its removal;

    item 16 -- letters from 3 correspondents in response to Calthrop's letter to The Hunts Post;

    item 17 -- 4 letters from John Hadley, a Godmanchester resident, in response to Calthrop's letter to The Hunts Post; the correspondent includes a 5-page account of the Boucicault family's involvement in the rail disaster and Dion Boucicault's subsequent efforts to commemorate the incident; Hadley has also included a phtocopy of Plate 34 of A History of London Transport by T. C. Barker and Michael Robbins, showing a large hoarding around the Kings Cross Station construction site in 1862, with a playbill for THE COLLEEN BAWN;

    item 18 -- a list by Christopher Calthrop of steps taken to gather information about the Abbots Ripton incident and subsequent events;

    item 19 -- notes by Christopher Calthrop about the Abbots Ripton disaster and subsequent events, including excerpts from various newspapers and the "Annual Register" for 1876.

  • Identifier: UKC-CALB-BIO.F205501
  • Subject keyword: rail accident & train accident & train collision

Further Details

  • Accession Number: F205501
  • Event: COLLEEN BAWN, THE
  • Organisation:

    : Huntingdonshire County Library

    : Huntingdonshire County Records Office (later County of Huntingdon and Peterborough County Records Office)

    : Peterborough Citizen and Advertiser

    : The Hunts Post

    : Cambridgeshire Libraries and Information Service

    : Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon

    : British Transport Historical Records Office

    : British Railway Eastern Region Regional Headquarters

  • Associated people:

    : Boucicault, Dion, (Dionysius Lardner), Mr., 1820-1890

    : Boucicault, Dion William, Mr., 1855-1876

    : Bourcicault, George Darley, Mr.

    : Boucicault, Darley George, Mr.

  • Description level: 4
  • Language: English
  • Material type: article
  • Identity code: UKC/CALB/BIO : F205501
  • Location: Special Collections' Store
  • Part:

    Boucicault Collection

    Calthrop Boucicault Collection

  • Condition: 2
  • Physicaldescript summary: 19 items
  • Date: 1.1876
  • Recordcreation note: The letters are from the following correspondents -- Harold ?; R. V. Keyworth, Huntingdonshire County Librarian; P. G. M. Dickinson, Huntingdonshire County Archivist; J. F. J. Graves, editor of the Peterborough Citizen and Advertiser; A. E. Cleaver, Librarian of the Peterborough Citizen and Advertiser and the Peterborough Evening Telegraph; G. C. Rowntree, Headmaster of Huntingdon Grammar School; J. Goldsmith, Cambridgeshire County Museums Officer; E. Atkinson, Archivist, British Transport Historical Records; Harold Thackray; G. S. Knox, Public Relations Officer, British Railway Eastern Region Regional Headquarters; Laura Pinkney, temporary curator of a Huntingdonshire museum; Miss E. Bryant; Joy Bozeat; W. Warren; John Hadley, Godmanchester; .
  • Repository: Special Collections, University of Kent at Canterbury

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