We have been asked by Bristol University whether anyone can help with photographs and recollections of the Craven Lodge Fancy Ball held on New Year’s Eve 1935/36 . We are told that it was attended by a lively gathering of the jeunesse d’orée and aristocracy, as well as Wallis Simpson and Prince of Wales, and is regarded as one of the last events of its kind, fancy dress in Pre-history mode (loosely interpreted). Wallis Simpson said of it in a letter that she “never knew the English could be so gay”.
If anyone knows of local sources which recorded the occasion, or local history archives where material about it might be found Michael Liversidge who is Emeritus Dean, Faculty of Arts, at the University of Bristol would be most grateful for any leads you might have. If anyone does have any information could I ask you to forward it to me at ‘Secretary – MMDHS’ and I will forward it to the University.