Mollie Lawlor, travel diaries, photograph albums and scrapbooks
Mollie Lawlor began going on canal cruises on hotel boats in 1977. These diaries are a record of them and include detailed photographs and accounts of where she went, the people she met and the experiences that she had.
CRT/Lawlor (Mollie) CRT/LAWLOR/1-4 Boat trips run by Wenlock family Years: 1977-81 Trips: 1-20 • CRT/LAWLOR/1 – 1977/78. Boat: “Paris” 6 cruises Details how she found the hotel-boats/company, first impressions of the boat. Details of fellow travellers (some negative). Examples of pressed flowers. Photographs with detailed descriptions of the scene or individual. Leaflets included for areas/places of interest. Detailed account of each day’s activities and interesting conversations. (menu for each day’s meals- noticeable focus on this). Number of different nationalities: American, French, Australian, Canadian, South African + British. Trip with Leisure learning. Extra copies of the manuscript, in two envelopes. Thames river, Grand Union, Stratford upon Avon Canal, • CRT/LAWLOR/2 – 1978/79 Boat: “Paris” – til 11th cruise Trips around Llangollen mostly. Pressed flowers. Role of Banbury in Civil War. Reiteration of Lawlor’s reason for recording her account. Oxford canal, Trent and Mersey canal, Grand Union Canal, Coventry Canal, Llangollen canal. Some pages out of order • CRT/LAWLOR/3 – 1980. Boat: “Paris” Cruises 14 - 16 Additional child for boat’s family. Contains some examples of poetry written by another guest. Shropshire Union Canal, Wolverhampton canal, Oxford Canal, Thames Valley. • CRT/LAWLOR/4 – 1981 Boat: “Paris” Cruises 17/18/19/20 Oxford canal, Grand Union, Stratford canal, Worcester & Birmingham canal, CRT/LAWLOR/5-10 • CRT/LAWLOR/5 Trips: 21-26 1982 “Paris” Contains some images from previous trips made in 1981. Description of the positives of hotel-boats both for Lawlor and the canals. Celebration of the ‘Paris’. Handkerchief with Australian animals printed on it. Oxford canal, Birmingham canal, Shropshire Union canal, Trent and Mersey, Macclesfield canal, Grand Union canal, Thames. • CRT/LAWLOR/6 1983 – “Paris” 4 Large portion of first cruise stuck on Thames due to high water levels/flooding. 2nd journey w/ granddaughter. Letter dated March 1984 Wenlocks Waterways Tours, apologising for the cancellation of the years holidays, due to the foreclosure of the company’s bank account. Written below is a personal message from the Wenlocks to Lawlor, with suggestions of other hotel-boats. Oxford Canal, Grand Union canal, Stratford canal, Worcester and Birmingham. • CRT/LAWLOR/7 – missing • CRT/LAWLOR/8 • CRT/LAWLOR/9 - missing • CRT/LAWLOR/10 • CRT/LAWLOR/11 – missing • CRT/LAWLOR/12 - missing • CRT/LAWLOR/13 1987 – “Dawn” & “Dusk” Lawlor is 83. Over twenty cruises up until this point. • CRT/LAWLOR/14 1988 – ‘Tranquil Rose’ Mollie Lawlor began going on canal cruises on hotel boats in 1977. These diaries are a record of them and include detailed photographs and accounts of where she went, the people she met and the experiences that she had. Description on general entry Mollie Lawlor's travel diary of journeys made in 1977 and 1978, on the boat 'Paris'. The diary details how she found the hotel-boat company, and the Wenlock family. Details of fellow travellers, and accounts of each day's activities. Examples of pressed flowers found along the canal side. Photographs with detailed descriptions of the scene or individual. Leaflets included for areas/places of interest. Extra copies of the manuscript in two envelopes.