Turvey Abbey Scrap Books
It was once common, for the owner of large residences, to have available a book of blank pages in which visitors were encouraged to write their thoughts and observations, perhaps even a little poem or a few bon mots. Such a collection would be called a ‘commonplace book’. Visitors to Turvey Abbey between 1830 and 1846 would find such a book, filled with the beautiful handwriting and skilful drawings of John Higgins and so were probably reluctant to “spoil” the book. Hence, this unique book remains the work of John Higgins, although the Revd. Munby made a sketch of John Higgins in the introduction and his son, Charles, made just a few additions following his father’s death.