Amy Pascoe

The Pascoe family, comprising Wallis, a stockbroker, his mother Agnes and his sister Amy, moved to Bracken Hill, a substantial modern house set in large grounds on the south side of the new town of Woking, c.1895.

Amy Pascoe (1866-1917) Courtesy of Surrey History Centre 6932/7/5/2

Amy Pascoe (1866-1917)
Courtesy of Surrey History Centre 6932/7/5/2

Amy was a keen sportswoman, particularly skilled at golf, and is understood to have been an acquaintance of the composer Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) and the Empress Eugenie (1826-1920) of France at Farnborough Hill.

The British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship was founded in 1893 by the Ladies’ Golf Union of Great Britain. Until the dawn of the professional era in 1976, it was the most important golf tournament for women in Great Britain. In 1896, Amy won the championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

She won numerous trophies and was elected County Captain of Surrey Ladies County Golf Association when founded in 1900.

'Miss Amy Pascoe at top of swing', taken from  The Book Of Golf And Golfers by Horace G. Hutchinson (Longmans, Green & Co, 1900; Chapter III by J H Taylor).

‘Miss Amy Pascoe at top of swing’, taken from The Book Of Golf And Golfers by Horace G. Hutchinson (Longmans, Green & Co, 1900; Chapter III by J H Taylor).

Amy contributed to The Book of Golf and Golfers, 1898, and The World of Golf published a year later.

For a digitised version of The Book Of Golf And Golfers by Horace G. Hutchinson (Longmans, Green & Co., 1900), which contains the image of Amy Pascoe ‘at top of swing’, see the website http://www.curedmygolfslice.com and the page http://www.curedmygolfslice.com/golf-flat-swing-upright-swing.php

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5 thoughts on “Amy Pascoe”

  1. Ian harrison says:

    Amy was my mother in law’s great aunt. She is the grand daughter of James Harding Pascoe.

    1. Di Stiff, Surrey History Centre says:

      Dear Mr Harrison

      Thank you very much for you comment regarding Amy Pascoe. It is always good to highlight family connections which add more information to the story and thus help researchers further their investigations. We have been trying to establish further details about Amy’s acquaintances with fellow Surrey residents Dame Ethel Smyth and Princess Eugenie but to no avail. Our librarian took a look to see if there was a biography published on her but nothing surfaced other than Hutchinson, Horace Gordon, ‘Golf and Golfers’ (1899), which has contributions from Amy Pascoe, including photos but is £300+ secondhand – that’s the rare Golfing book premium! I think we will have to wait for a copy to be donated, or for one to crop up at a lower price.

      I always find Amy such an interesting person, not least because there isn’t that much known about her; I am amazed that The Women’s Library don’t have more about her in their collections and that someone hasn’t written a book on her. I am in contact with two Ethel Smyth experts who have studied her letters so I will ask them if there is any mention to Amy in these and post something if she is.
      Best wishes
      Di Stiff, Collections Development Archivist, Surrey History Centre

      1. pete smee says:

        Hi Di,

        So far as the book is concerned, there is a DVD being sold on ebay that includes Golf and the Golfers reproduced digitaly, a much more realistic price than any Hard back I can find….
        Pete
        (researching the family of Amy and Walli’s Nephew, John Mydhope Pascoe born Sri Lanka 1899 and died at the Battle of Coronel 1914, remembered on Memorial Plaque at St Peter)

  2. Ronald Ross says:

    Hello Di,
    One can find a photo of Miss Amy Pascoe, “At Top of of Swing” in an extract, from that book in reference above, on this page of my site: http://www.curedmygolfslice.com/golf-flat-swing-upright-swing.php see Download : ‘Chapter III’ Approaching By J H Taylor, as a PDF. Perhaps you could add it to this your site? Isn’t a great photo, so too the others! Best wishes Ronald

  3. Gary says:

    I would like to know where here grave is.

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