elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Juliet Dymoke (June 28, 1919 - 2001)

Juliet DYMOKE de Schanschieff was an historical novelist (b. 28 June 1919, Enfield, England - d. before 2001). She married Hugo de Schanschieff on May 9, 1942. She was a membership of Romantic Novelist Association.

Her latest address was Heronswood, Chapel Lane, Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5BS, England.

Her daughter Patricia Juliet de Schanschieff (d. 1989) married Kenneth Cavendish Fitzroy, of Forest Row, East Sussex, a descendants of William the Conqueror, on 1980.

I haven't found any more personal info about Juliet Dymoke, but Forest Row, where she lived, is a very interesting old England village, so let talk about it.

Forest Row is so called from its proximity to the great Forest of Ashdown, and originated in the building of hunting lodges for the use of noblemen and gentlemen who made sport there when "Lancaster Great Park" was in existence. A more desirable spot could scarcely be found; the venison was plentiful, and the scenery and bracing air delightful. The district abounds in picturesque beauty. (extract from M.A. Lower's A Compendious History of Sussex published in 1870)

The Ashdown Forest became a favourable and idyllic place for hunting in the 14th century. The King and his Lords would use Forest Row as their base. Such as the king Edward III and his son, John Of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster were regular enthusiasts. Timber framed houses began to replace the simple shelters, of which some can still be seen today: The Rose Cottages, The Square, Chequers, Post House and The Swan are but a few. The first mansion built in the area was the Brambletye in 1631. However, by 1680 the stately home was unfortunately destroyed, and today only the ruins stand to be seen bleakly in a field.

It was not until the 18th century that there was a substantial change once again, with the new roads to London, Brighton and Tunbridge Wells. More estates began to appear over the surrounding areas, the grand Kidbrooke Park, as an early example, was built in 1724 and then extended in the 19th century. Over two hundred years, this land was occupied by many successive families. Other such houses were the Ashdown House, Hammerwood, and Thornhill, which were being established for the pleasure of living away from the black smoke of the city.

Time went on, and by 1866 a railway linked the ever growing village, firstly to East Grinstead and then extending to reach London and Tunbridge Wells by 1882. Forest Row had become the perfect place for leisurely weekends, for playing golf on the fine greens or simply for the admirable countryside. In 1911 it had become a resort as popular and expensive as Ascot and Virginia Water.

With the two World Wars it continued to be an attractive point, providing a pleasant atmosphere in which to retire. And by the end of the Second World War, with the expansion of both Gatwick and Crawley, and the arrival of Michael Hall School, there was a rise in population and a demand for more housing.

Forest Row, with nearly 150 small shops and businesses, provides its community with a large variety of different trades and skills with a personal service.

I tried to find info about Juliet Dymoke online, and noticing that she was a Romantic Novelist Association member like Liz Fielding, who I have had the luck to interview some years ago and then meet in Matera at the Women's Fiction Festival, I wrote to her asking if she maybe had some more info about Juliet Dymoke and with my big surprise, here is what she answered me (I don't believe that England was so small...)

From Liz Fielding (in memory of Juliet Dymoke for Elisa - My Reviews & Ramblings): "Dear Elisa

This is most extraordinary. I worked with Patricia more than thirty years ago and met her lovely parents on many occasions -- I even went to her engagement party.

Juliet Dymoke was a member of the RNA for many years and I'm sure was short-listed for their main award, the Romantic Novel of the Year, for her book Holland House in the early 90s. I loved her books, particularly a trilogy of early medieval books Of the Ring of Earls -- about the invasion of William the Conqueror; Henry of the High Rock about Henry 1 -- I can't remember the other title.

Juliet also worked on historical film scripts in Hollywood, including El Cid.

I left England after Patricia's engagement to work in Africa and the Middle East and lost contact with the family, but Juliet was the most charming woman.

With warmest wishes for Christmas and the New Year


Juliet Dymoke's Books on Amazon: Juliet Dymoke
Tags: romance history

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