Ravensthorpe, Downside Road

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6 Downside Road

ENP Moor was a ‘town’ (ie day) pupil at Clifton College. Rather than lodge at one of Clifton’s boarding houses, he stayed with his aunt, presumably Frances Hannah Moor who was a resident of Clifton for much of her life.1

Moor was eighteen – ten years junior to Symonds – when the pair began to walk together and exchange romantic letters. Their relationship¬†evidently sparked suspicion, and Symonds confided that “A little shadow overcast us yesterday. His aunt at Clifton doubts about me. But if I can see her and have fair speech allowed me I shall conquer her. I do not yet know the woman I [could] not overcome in such a cause.”2

  1. Street directories list Frances H Moore as resident at Ravensthorpe, Downside Road from around 1868 – 1878. []
  2. John Addington Symonds, Robert L. Peters (Editor), Herbert M. Schueller, The Letters of John Addington Symonds, Vol. 2 : 1869-1884, Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 1968, p65 []