Gertrude Jekyll Gladstone bag

This substantial piece of luggage marked with a G in the centre belonged to Arts & Crafts garden designer Gertrude Jekyll.


Godalming Museum Gertrude Jekyll’s gladstone bag
Copyright: Image courtesy of Brian Wood

As a child and a young woman, Jekyll travelled extensively, and later made several journeys with friends around the Mediterranean, and Godalming Museum has a sketchbook recording visits to France, Italy and Algiers.

However, pressure of work and declining health restricted her travel in later life.  She designed her later, and her more distant, gardens through correspondence.

Jekyll had a deep love of West Surrey where she had grown up at Bramley, and where she made her home at Munstead from 1876.

She died at home at Munstead Wood in 1932.

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