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Cruising at other times As long ago as 1844 P&O invented deep-sea cruising. The novelist William Makepeace Thackeray was given a free ticket by P&O on one of their first “cruises” to the Mediterranean. Thackeray was a favourite weekend guest of the 2nd Lady Ashburton (see page 21) at The Grange where he undoubtedly regailed the other guests with the joys of these voyages on board P&O’s magnificent vessels. Somehow the present Lady Ashburton has in her bedroom Thackeray’s baby highchair made of black lacquer inlaid with mother of pearl.
viola cello double bass By 1890 the artist W W Lloyd was taken on board to sketch life at sea. He was also a member of the Welsh 23rd Infantry at Isandlwanha. These P&O pencillings belong to Judith Becher, our House Manager.
In 1881 an Indian law student, Mahatma Gandhi, had sailed from Bombay to Marseilles. In 1931 he repeated the journey aboard P&O’s Rajputana (photographed here with Captain H M Jack) on his way to the Round Table Conference. Gandhi was very much the top in 1934 (page 86).
the orchestra of grange park
trumpet trombone percussion kit manager
Andrew Court Matthew Fairman Nicolette Brown Megan Pound Carole Howat Jo West Zoe French Jenny Gibbs Bridget Davey Jayne Spencer Stephen Wright Angela Bonetti Martin Fenn Lionel Handy Jo Easthope Caroline Harding Dawn Baker Andrew Knights David Roach Dai Pritchard Duncan Lamont Steven Stewart Clare Duncan Joe Atkins Rob Workman Joanne May Rob Millett Mark Lacey
“Cruising” in the late twentieth century came to mean something else. A minister described his cruise to Clapham Common as “a moment of madness”.