Siegfried Sassoon

1924 Road Trip

In 1924 Siegfried Sassoon was living at 54, Tufton Street, London. On the 6th September he decided to drive to Malvern and visit his great friend, the Neurologist, Henry Head.

Below, I have listed the places at which Sassoon stopped overnight in brown, the others he passed through on his driving tour, or ‘Road Trip.’

September 6th
  • Beaconsfield
  • Oxford
  • Cheltenham
  • Tewksbury
  • Malvern Stayed at the Heads.
September 9th
  • Trip to Ludlow from Malvern
September 10th
  • Trip to Hereford from Malvern
September 11th
  • Ross-on-Wye (Royal Hotel)
September 12th
  • Church Stretton (The Hotel)
September 13th
  • Shrewsbury
  • Lichfield (George Hotel)
September 14th
  • Tamworth
  • Uppingham (Stopped at The Falcon for food)
  • Longthorpe
  • Wisbech (Stopped at the Rose and Crown for food)
  • Kings Lynn (The Globe Hotel)
September 15th
  • Still at Kings Lynn, visited antique shops, St. Margaret’s Church and the Guildhall.
  • Hunstanton
  • Wells
  • Holkham (Stopped at the Trust House Hotel for food)
  • Cley (Stopped to look at the church)
  • Sheringham
  • Cromer
  • Mundesley (Stopped at Manor House Hotel for food)
  • Knapton (Stopped to look at the church)
  • Edingthorpe (See separate page)
  • North Walsham
  • Aylsham (Black Boys Hotel)
September 16th
  • Blickling Hall (and church)
  • Wroxham
  • Ranworth (Stopped to look at church)
  • South Walsham
  • Yarmouth
  • Norwich (Maids Head Hotel) Visited the museum and Cathedral
September 17th
  • Castle Acre
  • Downham Market
  • Ely (Lamb Hotel) Visited the Cathedral
September 18th
  • Cambridge (Stopped at the Fitzwilliam Museum to look at his portrait painted by Glyn Philpot)
  • Ware
  • Back to London
Siegfried Sassoon in his Car 1925

Siegfried Sassoon in his car in 1925

The hotels Sassoon stopped at during his trip

Royal Hotel Ross-on-Wye

The Royal Hotel
Palace Pound
Ross-on-Wye
Herefordshire

The Hotel Church Stretton

The Hotel
Church Stretton
Shropshire
This is no longer a hotel

George Hotel Lichfield

The George Hotel
Bird Street
Lichfield
Staffordshire

Falcon Hotel Uppingham

The Falcon Hotel
High Street
East Uppingham
Rutland

Rose and Crown Wisbech

The Rose and Crown
Market Place
Wisbech
Cambridgeshire

Globe Hotel Kings Lynn

The Globe Hotel
Centre Point
Kings Lynn
Norfolk

Victoria (Trust House Hotel) Holkham

Trust House Hotel now the Victoria
Park Road
Wells-next-the-Sea (Holkham)
Norfolk

Manor House Hotel Mundesley

The Manor House Hotel
Beach Road
Mundesley-on-Sea
Norfolk

Black Boys Hotel Aylsham2

The Black Boys Hotel
Market Place
Aylsham
Norfolk

Maids Head Hotel Norwich

The Maids Head Hotel
Tombland
Norwich
Norfolk

Lamb Hotel Ely

The Lamb Hotel
Lynn Road
Ely
Cambridgeshire
Road Trip Journal

Left: Two pages from Sassoon’s own journal covering the period 2 August 1924 to 3 November 1924 (held in Cambridge University Library).

Top: Shows distances between towns on his road trip.

Bottom: Shows a list of locations of nights spent away during the trip.

Road Trip Journal
Siegfried Sassoon Diaries 1923-1925

A lot of the information regarding Siegfried Sassoon’s trip comes from his diaries, edited by Rupert Hart-Davis and published in the book above by Faber and Faber in 1985.

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