Visitors to Lawrence’s childhood home

DH Lawrence
DH Lawrence

D.H. Lawrence’s boyhood home the Breach House which features in Sons and Lovers, was opened to the public last weekend (September 13 and 14).

The house on Garden Street in Eastwood was staffed by members of the D.H. Lawrence Society and over the two days there was a steady stream of enthusiastic callers including one from Wisconsin, USA, and others from as far as Lincoln and London.

Comments in the visitors book expressed surprise that the Lawrence family could occupy such a small downstairs area, and that Mrs. Lawrence could find the time and the energy to encourage her children to become avid readers.

George Hardy’s book, A D.H. Lawrence Album, was at hand so visitors could check maps of the area showing the pits and rail tracks.

Stephen Bailey, the author of ‘Heartlands’ which covers Lawrence’s connections in the local area, was present throughout one day to sign copies and speak about the contents of his book.

The DH Lawrence society wanted to extend their thanks to all for their support and to John Elliott for permitting free access.