Notes and Queries

A place to post and answer Hawker-related questions, using the comment boxes below. The website editor can also be reached via the form on the ‘Contact’ page.


  1. admin
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Can anyone provide a photo of C. E Byles that I can use to illustrate an article on him? I know one must exist because Jeremy Seal, writing in ‘Treachery at Sharpnose Point’ (p. 44), refers to a Byles as ‘a bespectacled man whose essential milieu is evoked in a single photograph showing him seated in his garden in Golders Green in 1932 surrounded by teetering piles of review copies’.

  2. Clive Wilson
    Posted September 4, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    can anyone tell me about the harvest festival services it is said Hawker initiated at Morwenstow? Or point to any sources of information about that?

    • admin
      Posted September 5, 2011 at 7:42 PM

      I haven’t got around to writing anything on this subject for the website yet, partly because there isn’t much information available. Harvest Festivals are only mentioned briefly in ‘The Life and Letters’ (p. 171) – you can read it online at the Open Library:

      There’s also a Telegraph article online at:

      I noticed when reading Jeremy Seal’s book, ‘Treachery at Sharpnose Point’ that he refers to an exceptionally good harvest in the summer of 1842, a year before Hawker revived the festival at Morwenstow (pp. 202 – 205). I wonder if that may have acted as some kind of prompt? Hope this is of some help.

  3. Sandie Lyons
    Posted February 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    I wonder if you are able to help? Family legend has it that Robert Stephen Hawker is in some way related to Grandmother Pauline Phillis Prichard ( maybe a illegitimate child?) The family own an old book other items related to his life ..including this legend that has been passed through the family.
    look forward to your view
    kind regards
    Sandra Lyons

  4. admin
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    A reader of our Spring 2012 Newsletter has written to ask whether there is a drawing or portrait anywhere of Hawker’s first wife, Charlotte.

    Sadly I think the answer has to be no – she objected strongly to the idea of being painted or photographed and Hawker was unable to persuade her otherwise.

    If anybody has any fresh information on this topic please get in touch by posting a comment below, or alternatively email us via the website’s contact page.

  5. admin
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    We’ve recently had an enquiry as to the exact location of Hawker’s grave. The Ford Park Cemetery Trust website has a publications page at: where you can download a form to order a booklet and make a donation to support their work. Hawker’s grave is number 48 on their Heritage Trail (G HA 7 5) and from the map it looks fairly easy to find – when you enter from Ford Park Road it’s in an area beside the main path, to the right of the first chapel, five graves in from the marker post. The cemetery looks like an interesting place to visit and some very hard work has obviously gone into restoring it over the past few years from its previously run down condition.

  6. Mary Curtis
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    I have a story set in Cornwall and would like to print part of one of the versions of the Song of the Western Men. Can anyone tell me if the lyrics are in the public domain.
    Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.

    • admin
      Posted August 6, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for your enquiry. Hawker’s work is out of copyright so you are free to use anything he wrote. He died in 1875 and in the UK copyright of published writings ends 70 years after the author’s death. Wikipedia has more on this:

      Regards, Angela