Part of diary probably kept by John Ashburnham

Historical Background

John, afterwards 1st Baron Ashburnham, aged 17 on a 'Grand Tour' through France and Switzerland.

Only the section covering France has survived, dating from 23 Jun 1672 – 19 Apr 1674 (ASH 3994). John was interested in the history of Normandy and his account mentions its foundation by “the Norwegians” and the legend of William the Conqueror’s conception and birth at Falaise, which he also visited.

  • Date details


  • Institution

 UK – Lewes – East Sussex Record Office

  • Original reference

 ASH 3994

  • Period

Early modern Period

  • Thematic

Tourism and culture



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