text is taken from ‘The Years with Mother' by Augustus J.C. Hare, an
abridgement of the three- vol. ‘Story of my Life' published by Allen &
Unwin, London 1952
moved from the Rectory to Lime ‘our own dear home for the next five
and twenty years. The old white gabled house with clustered chimneys
and roofs rich in colour rose in a brilliant flower garden sheltered
on every side by trees and separated in each direction by several
fields from the high road or the lanes. On the side towards the
Rectory, a drive between close walls of laurel led to the old-
fashioned porch ... the drawing room and dining room looked across the
lawn and one of the great glittering pools which belonged to an old
monastery (once on the site of the house) and which lay at the foot of
a very steep bank carpeted with primroses in spring. Beyond the pool
was our high field over which the stumpy spire of the church could be
seen at a bout a half a mile distance, cutting the silver line of the
sea. (The castle was not visible). On the right side of the lawn a
grass walk behind a shrubbery looked out upon the wide expanse of
Pevensey level ... and was sheltered by the immensely tall abele trees
known as the ‘Five Sisters of Lime'."
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1655 there is noted the site of 'Manor of Lime' with its lands
meadows and pastures in Herstmonceux. In estate papers of 1820,
the site is described as: farmhouse, gardens, orchards,
fishponds, stews, barn, two stables, pig pound etc. (Ref:
Wartling Tenement Analysis pp23/65).
1839 Tithe award (Reference TDE 89) notes Lime house, buildings
and 105 acres, with 8.5 acres of wood. There were also 20 acres in
the north-west part marked on a 1683 map as Lime Park.
Park was built by the Gillon family in 1821.
was purchased from Andrew Gillon in 1860 by Thomas Arkcoll. The
Arkcoll family remained there until 1909. Wartling Tenement
Analysis describes the house as ‘a large, rambling Victorian
1909-1915 it was occupied by Baron von Roemer (de Roemer) of Stuttgart.
1918 t he Baron changed his name to Major Charles Henry de Roemer JP.
Augustus Hare lived at Lime House
from early childhood until about 25 years of age (1834 to 1859).
Epitaphs for Country Churchyards (1856)
Hare attended University College in Oxford. The preface reads:
"In a recent tour on the Wye and among the villages of Herefordshire and Monmouthshire, I have often stopped to examine the Epitaphs in the churchyards. It is sad to see how unsuitable, how almost ludicrous, many of them are. It is not only that they are devoid of beauty, but that they are calculated to drag down the minds of the survivors; chaining them to the recollection of the sufferings which their departed friends endured in their lifetime, harrowing them by the repetition, and in the end holding no lesson to be learnt, no comfort to look to, no hope of rest in another world. The chief variety upon these inscriptions is usually a catalogue of the virtues of the deceased, which would belong rather to heathen morality than to Christian humility".
This is an instructive book to enable the reader to write their own epitaph, free of the pitfalls Hare denounces.
A Winter at Mentone (1862)
THE non-existence of any Guide-book to Mentone, or of any history of Monaco and its neighbourhood, except the small summary of Monsieur
Rendu, induced the author to publish the following notes, descriptive of five months spent at Mentone, from November, 1860, to May, 1861.
The accounts of the excursions are derived from personal experience. The many local traditions and histories which have been added, are due to the assistance of the Mentonese residents, whose ready kindness and sympathy in any undertaking, cannot fail to impress every stranger who visits them.
Walks in Rome (1871) with map
"The best handbook of the city and environs of Rome ever published. . . . Cannot be too much commended," - Pall Mall Gazette
"This book is sure to be very useful. It is thoroughly practical, and is the best guide that has yet been offered." - Daily News
"Mr. Hare's book fills a real void, and gives to the tourist all the latest discoveries and the fullest information bearing on that most inexhaustible of subjects, the city of Rome. . . . It is much fuller than 'Murray,' and any one who chooses may know how Rome really looks in sun or shade." - Spectator
Memorials of a Quiet Life (1872-6) with photographs
"One of those books which it impossible to read without pleasure. It conveys a sense of repose not unlike that which everybody must have felt out of service time in quiet little village churches. Its editor will receive the hearty thanks of every cultivated reader for these profoundly interesting 'Memorials' of two brothers, whose names and labours their universities and Church have alike reason to cherish with affection and remember with pride, who have smoothed the path of faith to so many troubled wayfarers, strengthening the weary and confirming the weak."
Wanderings in Spain (1873)
"Here is the ideal book of travel in Spain; the book which exactly anticipates the requirements of everybody who is fortunate enough to be going to that enchanted land; the book which ably consoles those who are not so happy by supplying the imagination from the daintiest and most delicious of its stories." - Spectator
Days Near Rome (1875) with over 100 illustrations by AH
Cities of Northern Italy (1876), second edition with
"We can imagine no better way of spending a wet day in Florence or Venice than in reading all that Mr. Hare has to say and quote about the history, arts, and famous people of those cities. These volumes come under the class of volumes not to borrow, but to buy." - Morning Post
Walks in London (1878) reprinted in 1923
With additional Illustrations in later editions.
"One of the really valuable as well as pleasant companions to the peripatetic philosopher's rambling studies of the town." -
Westminster (1879) paperback reprint in 1904
Reprinted from "Walks in London," as a Handy Guide. 120 pages
Life and Letters of Frances, Baroness Bunsen (1879) with portraits
Volume 1 was in an unusual leather binding & marbled boards.
Freifrau von Bunsen (1890)
translated by Hans Tharau
Cities of Southern Italy and Sicily (1883) illustrated
"Mr. Hare's name will be a sufficient passport for the popularity of his work. His books on the Cities of
Italy are fast becoming as indispensible to the traveller in that part of the country as the guide-books of Murray or Baedeker. . . . His book is one which I should advise all future travellers in Southern Italy and Sicily to find room for in their portmanteaus." - Academy
Sicily was published as a separate volume in 1905
Cities of Central Italy (1884) with illustrations
Florence (1884) -
with Plan and 27 Illustrations
Sketches in Holland and Scandinavia (1885) - Illustrated
"This little work is the best companion a visitor to these countries can have, while those who stay at home can also read it with pleasure and profit." - Glasgow Herald
Studies in Russia (1885) -
with numerous Illustrations
"Mr. Hare's book may be recommended as at once entertaining and instructive." - Athnaeum
"A delightful and instructive guide to the places visited. It is, in fact, a sort of glorified guide-book, with all the charm of a pleasant and cultivated literary companion." - Scotsman.
Venice (1885) -
with Plan and 23 Illustrations
"The plan of these little volumes is excellent. . . . Anything more perfectly fulfilling the idea of a guide-book we have never seen." - Scottish Review.
Paris (1887) - 50 Illustrations
Days Near Paris (1887) - illustrated
North-Eastern France (1890) -
With map and 86 Woodcuts.
Picardy - Abbeville and Amiens - Paris and its Environs - Arras and the Manufacturing Towns of the North - Champagne - Nancy and the Vosges, &c.
South-Eastern France (1890) -
With Map and 176 Woodcuts
The different lines to the South - Burgundy - Auvergne - The Cantal - Provence - The Alpes Dauphinaises and Alpes Maritimes, &c.
South-Western France (1890) -
With Map and 232 Woodcuts
The loire - The Gironde and Landes - Creuse - Corrèze - The Limousin - Gascony and Languedoc - The Cevennes and the Pyrenees, &c.
The Story of Two Noble Lives. (1893)
Charlotte, Countess Canning, and Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford.
About 450 pages each in three volumes. Illustrated with 11 engraved Portraits and 21 Plates in Photogravure from Lady Waterford's Drawings, 8 full-page and 24 smaller Woodcuts from sketches by the Author.
Sussex (1894) -
With Map and 45 Woodcuts.
Life and Letters of Maria Edgworth (1894)
This Memoir of Maria Edgeworth, by her step-mother, Mrs.Edgeworth, was privately printed in 1867, but is now published, by the kind permission of the Edgeworth family, for the first time. The letters of Maria Edgeworth, which form the greater part of this work, are full of literary and
human interest, and many of them are of great historical value. . . . These volumes are edited by Mr. Augustus Hare, who also contributes a Preface to the work. While omitting any letters and other material of a personal nature which have ceased to be of interest, Mr. Hare has carefully preserved in these volumes all that is of value in the original Memoir.
North-Western France (1895) -
With map and 73 Woodcuts.
Normandy and Brittany - Rouen - Dieppe - Cherbourg - Bayeux - Caen - Coutances - Chartres - Mont St. Michel - Dinan - Brest - Alençon, &c.
"Mr. Hare's volumes, with their charming illustrations, are a reminder of how much we miss by neglecting provincial France." -
"The appreciative traveler in France will find no more pleasant, inexhaustible, and discriminating guide that Mr. Hare. . . . All the volumes are most liberally supplied with drawings, all of them beautifully executed, and some of them genuine masterpieces." - Echo.
"Every one who has used one of Mr. Hare's books will welcome the appearance of his new work upon France. . . . The books are the most satisfactory guide-books for a
traveler of culture who wishes improvement as well as entertainment from a tour. . . . It is not necessary to go to the places described before the volumes become useful. While part of the work describes the district round Paris, the rest practically opens up a new country for English visitors to provincial France." - Scotsman.
The Gurneys of Earlham: 1895 -
Illustrated with 33 Photogravure Plates and 19 Woodcuts
Memoirs and Letters of the Eleven Children of John and Catherine Gurney of Earlham, 1775-1875, and the Story of their Religious Life under many Different Forms.
Biographical Sketches 1895 -
Illustrated with 7 Portraits and 17 Woodcuts
Memorial Sketches of Arthur Panrhyn Stanley, Dean of Westminster; Henry Alford, Dean of Canterbury; Mrs. Duncan Stewart; and Paray Le
The Rivieras 1896 -
With 67 Illustrations
The Story of My Life: 1834 to 1870
Recollections of Places, People, and Conversations, extracted chiefly from Letters and Journals. Illustrated with 18 Photogravure Portraits and 144 Woodcuts from Drawings by the Author.
Shropshire 1898 -
With Map and 48 Woodcuts.
The Story of My Life: 1870 to 1900 - With 12 Photogravure Plates and 247 Woodcuts.
OTHER BOOKS WITH A HARE CONNECTION
Cromwell: His Character and Protectorate (unbound & undated)
Signed by Hare?
Guesses at Truth by Two Brothers (1838)
by Julius Charles Hare and Augustus William Hare
Mission of the Comforter and Other Sermons (with Notes) 1846
by Julius Charles Hare
Sickness, Its Trials and Blessings 1851
by Priscilla Maurice, sister of 'Aunt Esther'.
Proverbial Philosophy 1859
by Martin F Tupper. (One of Hare’s sources for ‘Epitaphs for Country Churchyards’)
Historical Memorials of Canterbury 1872
by Arthur Penrhyn Stanley (close family friend of the Hares)
Men Were Different (1937)
by Shane Leslie, includes a lengthy essay on Augustus
The Downfall of Augustus Hare (1945)
by Margaret Ross – this book has absolutely nothing whatever to do with ‘our’ Augustus
Hare but is rather an interesting illustrated
In Vagrant Mood (1952) reprinted 1998
by W. Somerset Maugham - includes a personal account of meeting Augustus and a brief
précis of the 'Life'
The Years with Mother (1952)
(an abridgement by Malcolm Barnes of vols. I - III of The Story of My Life)
In My Solitary Life (1953)
(an abridgement by Malcolm Barnes of vols. IV - VI of The Story of My Life)
The Water Beetle (1962)
by Nancy Mitford, includes an essay on Augustus and illustrations by Osbert Lancaster
Two Victorian Ladies (1969)
by A.R.Mills, More pages from the journals of Emily and Ellen Hall (with several anecdotes about meetings with Hare)
‘I’. . . an Anthology of Diarists (1972)
Edited by Barbara Willard with a chapter on Hare.
Augustus Hare in Italy (1977)
An abridgement by Gavin Henderson of the Italian travel books, with Illustrations from the original wood engravings
Guessing at Truth: The Life of Julius Charles Hare (1979)
by N. Merrill Distad, a historical biography of 'Uncle Julius'
Augustus Hare: Victorian Gentleman (1985)
A biography of Augustus Hare by Malcolm Barnes
Campfire Stories (1985)
by William Forgey, includes a copy of 'The Beast of Croglin Grange'
Augustus: Eminently a Victorian
play by James Roose-Evans (of "84 Charring Cross Road" fame)
Stare Back and Smile - (Penguin) 1990
by Joanna Lumley – recollections of Holmhurst.
Peculiar People: The Story of My Life (1995)
An abridgement by Anita Miller and James Papp of the entire set
volumes I - VI of The Story of My Life.
Tanten, Tunten, Schräge Vögel (1996)
German Abridgement of ‘The Story of My Life’
All Saints Church, Herstmonceaux 1997
A guide-book to All Saints by Rev Rosslyn Bruce with revisions by Miss Mary Tate and Mr. George Elliott
beginning of electricity generation in Augustus Hare's