Jefferies (6 November 1848 - 14 August 1887) is best known for his
writings about nature and the countryside. His birthplace and home at
Coate, now on the out-skirts of Swindon, provide the background to all his
major works of fiction and for many of his essays.
Richard Jefferies Society was established in 1950 and has members in all parts of the
world. It is a registered charity (no. 1042838) managed by an Executive
Council of volunteers.
The Objects of the Society are:
o To promote interest in, and
respect for the life and works of Richard Jefferies.
o To hold meetings of its members and others, at which
lectures may be given bearing on the life, work and times of Richard Jefferies.
o To maintain a collection of and help make available
to members copies of the works of Richard Jefferies and associated literature.
o To monitor and protect as far as possible the
buildings and countryside associated with Richard Jefferies.
o To provide members with news and information about
Richard Jefferies by means of a newsletter and journal.
Newsletters, with information about the
writer, current events, publications and services are circulated to
members twice a year along with an annual report. In addition
they receive a copy of the Society's Journal containing hitherto unpublished
writing by Jefferies, new articles, research and book reviews. There are
meetings for readings and discussions, as well as visits to places
associated with the writer. The Society has a special concern for
such places as the writer's birthplace at Coate (which is now maintained
as a museum), Coate Water, Liddington Hill, and the memorial
stone on Burderop Down, all in Wiltshire. Other places of pilgrimage are at
Surbiton, Sydenham and Eltham near London, and at Brighton, Crowborough
and at his final home at Goring by Sea, Sussex where he died at
the age of 38. Richard Jefferies' grave is in Broadwater
cemetery at Worthing.
A Bursary is available for projects that promote a new understanding of the writings of Jefferies.
The Society awards a yearly literary prize for excellence in nature writing in association with the White Horse Bookshop in Marlborough.
information contact the Richard Jefferies Society
or write to: The Old Mill, Mill Drive, Foulsham, Norfolk NR20 5RB.