Tea By the Nursery Fire: A Children's Nanny at the Turn of the Century

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  • Title: Tea By the Nursery Fire: A Children's Nanny at the Turn of the Century
  • Author: Noel Streatfeild
  • ISBN: 9781844088980
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Noel Streatfeild

      Mary Noel Streatfeild, known as Noel Streatfeild, was an author best known and loved for her children s books, including Ballet Shoes and Circus Shoes She was born on Christmas Eve, 1895, the daughter of William Champion Streatfeild and Janet Venn and the second of six children to be born to the couple Sister Ruth was the oldest, after Noel came Barbara, William Bill , Joyce who died of TB prior to her second birthday and Richenda Ruth and Noel attended Hastings and St Leonard s Ladies College in 1910 As an adult, she began theater work, and spent approximately 10 years in the theater During the Great War, in 1915 Noel worked first as a volunteer in a soldier s hospital kitchen near Eastbourne Vicarage and later produced two plays with her sister Ruth When things took a turn for the worse on the Front in 1916 she moved to London and obtained a job making munitions in Woolwich Arsenal At the end of the war in January 1919, Noel enrolled at the Academy of Dramatic Art later Royal Academy in London In 1930, she began writing her first adult novel, The Whicharts, published in 1931 In June 1932, she was elected to membership of PEN Early in 1936, Mabel Carey, children s editor of J M Dent and Sons, asks Noel to write a children s story about the theatre, which led to Noel completing Ballet Shoes in mid 1936 In 28 September 1936, when Ballet Shoes was published, it became an immediate best seller.According to Angela Bull, Ballet Shoes was a reworked version of The Whicharts Elder sister Ruth Gervis illustrated the book, which was published on the 28th September, 1936 At the time, the plot and general attitude of the book was highly original, and destined to provide an outline for countless other ballet books down the years until this day The first known book to be set at a stage school, the first ballet story to be set in London, the first to feature upper middle class society, the first to show the limits of amateurism and possibly the first to show children as self reliant, able to survive without running to grownups when things went wrong.In 1937, Noel traveled with Bertram Mills Circus to research The Circus is Coming also known as Circus Shoes She won the Carnegie gold medal in February 1939 for this book In 1940, World War II began, and Noel began war related work from 1940 1945 During this time, she wrote four adult novels, five children s books, nine romances, and innumerable articles and short stories On May 10th, 1941, her flat was destroyed by a bomb Shortly after WWII is over, in 1947, Noel traveled to America to research film studios for her book The Painted Garden In 1949, she began delivering lectures on children s books Between 1949 and 1953, her plays, The Bell Family radio serials played on the Children s Hour and were frequently voted top play of the year Early in 1960s, she decided to stop writing adult novels, but did write some autobiographical novels, such as A Vicarage Family in 1963 She also had written 12 romance novels under the pen name Susan Scarlett Her children s books number at least 58 titles From July to December 1979, she suffered a series of small strokes and moved into a nursing home In 1983, she received the honor Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE On 11 September 1986, she passed away in a nursing home.


    1. I have not enjoyed a book so much for ages!This is the semi biographical story of Emily Huckwell, the daughter of a lodge keeper in rural Sussex. The small lodge at the gates of a large estate had just two bedrooms, these had to suffice for Betty and Jem and their ten children. As Emily was the second eldest and it was becoming impossible to keep all the children at home she was put into service at the age of just ten. She was small for her age, (poor food and little of it) and her first job was [...]

    2. Now this was a lovely idea: an author beloved by generations of children, towards the end of her life, telling the story a much-loved figure from her own childhood. The story of her Gran-Nannie.Emily Huckwell was born in Sussex in the 1870s, the daughter of a gatekeeper and his wife. They were poor, though not the poorest, they did their very best for their children, and they were a happy family.Like her mother, and her grandmother, before her Emily went into service at the ‘big house.’ She [...]

    3. Having read practically every children’s novel written by Noel Streatfeild as a child I then had mixed emotions last year on reading the original adult novel The Whicharts which was later reworked for children as Ballet Shoes. This year I decided to try another book by this author, a biography of a nanny in Victorian Britain which was the last book the author wrote in 1976 at the age of 80. When reading the below review, this should be borne in mind as if I can write anything comprehensible at [...]

    4. I really enjoyed stepping into late 1800's nursery life. It was a quick light read and I didn't feel I got to know Emily beyond her role as a nanny but none the less, found reading about these two families from such contrasting backgrounds interesting. Poor children, no wonder Nanny was always the first they rushed to when they returned home.

    5. It has been a little while since I read anything non-fiction, it does seem that this year I haven’t often been in the right frame of mind for it. So when this one came my way it did look just the thing to get me back to reading the occasional non-fiction work.Tea by the Nursery Fire; such a lovely title, it conjures up images of a bygone age. This was a time when the women from one section of society brought up the children of another. The author of this book is of course a very well-known chi [...]

    6. The book features Emily, who was born in the 19th century into an impoverished home with a large number of siblings. At the age of eleven, she begins in service as assistant to an upper class nursery. She gradually progresses to become a much loved ‘Nannie’ in her teens and through the rest of he life.While loosely biographical, some of the chronology is incorrect, and many of the people have fictional names. The character of Emily is nicely done, with the majority of the book from her viewp [...]

    7. Noel Streatfeild's character development and beautiful turn of phrase are evident in this true story of her father's nanny in Victorian/Edwardian England. The story starts with Emily turning 12 and going to work, as it happened in those days. From small beginnings as an under-maid, she moved to another house and began her work in the nursery. This story is a beautiful snapshot into the life of a nanny and how people managed in difficult times. It is beautifully descriptive with moments of tender [...]

    8. Love this kind of memoir - a woman's loving dedication to the children in her charge, and the difference she makes in their lives (and in the lives of their children too). The very fact that Streatfeild took the time to write this book speaks volumes. And such irony! That the titled rich would place the raising of their children in the hands of women they considered their inferiors! Did they not think that their children might come to love and respect these nurses and nannies more than their par [...]

    9. Complete comfort read! I loved Noel Streatfeild's children's novels when I was growing up. This is a bit different - a fictionalized (but not quite fiction) account of the life of her father's nanny. Emily was born in the 1870s and went into service as an 'under nursery maid' at the age of 11. A simple, cozy read, with interesting details of domestic life at the time.

    10. Tea by the Nursery Fire tells the story of real-life figure Emily Huckwell, who went into domestic service when she was just eleven years old. Emily began her work as ‘a maid to wait on the nursery’, and soon had her position elevated to under nurse when her competency was realised by those she worked with and for. In this volume, Streatfeild tells Emily’s story, pieced together both from fact and family history.The book is split into five different sections, beginning with ‘The Child’ [...]

    11. "Emily Huckwell was born in a tiny Sussex village in the 1870s and went into deomestic service in the Burton household before she was twelve, earning £5 a year. She began as a nursery maid, progressing to under nurse and then head nanny, looking after two generations of children.“One of the children in her care was the father of Noel Streatfeild, the author of Ballet Shoes and among the best-loved children’s writers of the twentieth century. Drawin on fact and family legent, Noel Streatfeil [...]

    12. "This, she supposed, was Lady Pycroft.The imposing one glanced at Emily and said:'The new girl for the nursery, I presume.'Emily gave another curtsey."Yes, M'Lady.'The newcomer accepted the title with a slight smile. Shocked, Mrs. Gosden broke in:'This is the housekeeper, Mrs. Holthouse,' she said. 'If you should ever have occasion to speak to her you calls her 'ma'am.' A sentimental memoir of the author's father's nursemaid, this book really showed the difficulties of life in the late nineteent [...]

    13. A really interesting gentle read charting the life of one girl from childhood to becoming a beloved 'grand Nannie ' to several generations of a family

    14. Fictionalised biography by Streatfeild of her family's nanny. I enjoyed this a lot but am a bit dubious about how accurate it is -- or rather, I am suspicious of fully embracing Streatfeild's account of someone she knew and in relation to whom she was in a position of power, if that makes sense. But that kind of fuzziness is part of what gives the book its strength, because Streatfeild clearly loved her nanny and she was clearly a profound influence (note how nearly every Streatfeild book has a [...]

    15. I really enjoyed reading this autobiographical account about Streatfeild's Gran-nannie. It had plenty of warmth and love and also gave me an insight in to what it was like for servants at the turn of the century. Occasionly I found it a little confusing and noticed that when Streatfield was describing how someone was related to another person that she missed out a lot of commas which would have made things a bit clearer. A lovely account of a woman who was clearly loved.

    16. This was a sweet beautifully crafted book written by Noel Streatfieldabout her father's nanny. While not hiding the sad and at times tragic aspects of this woman's life it also gives tribute to her courage and strength. Perhaps in writing this story Noel suggests all children would benefit from an adult like Emily Huckwell in their lives.

    17. If you enjoy Downton Abbey or Call The Midwife, this book will be a pleasant jaunt into the downstairs but actually upstairs of a Victorian/Edwardian aristocratic home.

    18. LOVED this story about a nanny in the 1880s, She was the nanny of 2 generations of children. One of her charges was Noel's father

    19. This was a sweet, simple book about the life of Noel Streatfeild's father's nanny. It was a fascinating look into the life of an ordinary working class girl then woman.

    20. (Non-fiction, historical) Doesn’t that title evoke a cozy picture? Indeed, subtitled A Children’s Nanny at the Turn of the Century, this is a charming little book.From : “Emily Huckwell spent almost her entire life working for one family. Born in a tiny Sussex village in the 1870s, she went into domestic service in the Burton household before she was twelve, earning £5 a year. She began as a nursery maid, progressing to under nurse and then head nanny, looking after two generations of chi [...]

    21. Fictionalized biography of the author's "Gran-Nannie", the beloved woman who essentially raised her father. Just what was it like to be first a nursery-maid, then an under nurse, and finally a nannie, in the waning years of Queen Victoria's reign? Excellent, easy-to-read story.

    22. I used to love Noel Streatfeild's books and so I was interested to read this biography of a children's nanny. I loved it. It gave such a good picture of that world. I'm glad it's gone. Imagine going out to service at 12-years old!

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