Hubert Rendell (1879-1958) Of The Surrey Constabulary: Diaries And Photographs
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- SHC Ref No: 6815
- Repository: Surrey History Centre, Woking
- Date: 1903-1955
- Format: Archives
- Description: Rendell's diaries date back to the earliest stages of his career. Written in a summary factual style, and clearly begun as a log of the young officer's police business, the diaries established a habit of recording daily life which he continued until three years before his death.
The early diaries provide the greatest detail of the routine of his police work, including the observation of passers-by from the police station and the activities of named individuals. Later diaries record the routines of domestic and gardening tasks and the keeping of bees and hens, as well as family events. References to the working day are often of a brief and methodical nature, although he continues to record his involvement in cases of note, attendance at court, football matches at Crystal Palace, and arrests.
Diaries following Rendell's retirement (-/-/32-53) are almost solely of domestic interest, although his interest in police work was maintained by attendance at old comrades' committee meetings, and, early in his retirement, some attendance at court and serving of summons on behalf of solicitors (see -/-/34).
- Level: Collection
- Related Material: For records of the Surrey Constabulary, see CC98/-.
- Access Status: Open. There are no access restrictions.
- Provenance: Deposited by Mr R Rendell of Bedfont, Middlesex, great nephew of Hubert Rendell, in April 2000.
- For more information contact: Surrey History Centre Collections Catalogue
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