Meetings recommence on Wednesday, February 22, at 2pm in Harmby village hall with ‘A Sword in One Hand and a Complement in the Other’, a personal audience with Alice Thornton of Kirklington and Hipswell, 1627 – 1707, who will describe her life during the English Civil War and Commonwealth and the profound effects of the war on her family.
Alice was the daughter of Christopher Wandesford of Kirklington near Bedale. Towards the end of her very long life she wrote her memoirs which covered the interesting period of English history when families were torn apart by the Civil War, the Commonwealth, and the Restoration of the Monarchy. Her father held high office in Ireland but after his untimely death her widowed mother returned to England and great danger. Her memoirs tell a unique story from a female point of view. Inter-twined with the political situation Alice tells us about being a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother; living alternately at Hipswell Hall, her husband’s home at East Newton near Nunnington, and St Nicholas in Richmond. The title is taken from Alice’s own description of her first meeting with her future husband – definitely not a case of love at first sight!
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