Constance Maynard

Constance Maynard’s ‘Green Book’ diaries and unpublished autobiography have been digitised, making them available to view online for the first time.

Maynard’s personal writings cover over 40 years of her life. They detail her devout faith and her close friendships, research, teaching and role in the formation and early years of Westfield College.

Key events in the life of Constance Maynard

1872-1875 Studied at Hitchin College (Girton College)
1876 Taught at Cheltenham Ladies College
1877-1880  Helped establish St Leonard’s School, St Andrews
1880 Moved to London and took classes at the Slade School of Art
1882 Became involved in plans for a Christian Women’s College
Oct 1882 First term of the Ladies College at Westfield, Hampstead
1888 Adopted a child, Stephanë Anthon, ‘Effie'
1913 Retired from Westfield College
1919 Death of Effie
1928 Awarded a Masters degree from University of Cambridge

Green Book Diaries 1866-1935 (available for download)

Constance Decribed her 'inner life', her emotions and thoughts in her 'Green Book' Diaries. She also detailed activities, events, conversations, and included literary extracts. She often summaries her year on the 31st December and set herself targets at the beginning of a new year.

To view these digitised records, please use the drop down menus below.* In addition, an image gallery has been created highlighting Constance's writings alongside additional archive material held at Queen Mary.

* Please note that due to the size of some of the PDF files, download times may take up to 30 seconds. *

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Green Book Diary, 1 January - 31 December 1866 Link

Green Book Diary, 1 January - 31 December 1867 Link

Green Book Diary, 1 January - 10 August 1868 Link

Green Book Diary, 12 August 1868- 13 April 1869 Link

Green Book Diary, 1869 Link

Green Book Diary, 28 November 1869 - 18 November 1870 Link

Green Book Diary, 27 November 1870 - 6 November 1871 Link

Green Book Diary, 26 November 1871 - 31 December 1872 Link

Green Book Diary, 1 January 1873 - 5 July 1874, October 1874 Link

Green Book Diary, 12 July - 31 December 1874 Link

Green Book Diary, 11 January - 4 June 1875 Link

Green Book Diary, 7 June - 4 November 1875 Link

Green Book Diary, 12 November 1875 - 19 March 1876 Link

Green Book Diary, 20 March 1876 - 31 December 1877 Link

Green Book Diary, 1 January - 31 December 1878 Link

Green Book Diary, 1 January 1879 - 23 May 1880 Link

Green Book Diary, 24 May 1880 - 4 December 1881 Link

Green Book Diary, 14 December 1881 - 16 October 1882 Link

Green Book Diary, 22 October 1882 - 31 December 1884 Link

Green Book Diary, 3 January 1885 - 12 August 1887 Link

Green Book Diary, 1 January 1901- 31 December 1904 Link

Green Book Diary, 1 January 1905 - 31 December 1910 Link

Green Book Diary, 1 January 1911 - 21 July 1916 Link

Green Book Diary, 6 August 1916- 31 December 1919 Link

Green Book Diary, 1 January 1920 - 31 December 1923 Link

Green Book Diary, 1 January 1924 - 24 March 1935 Link

Autobiography (available for download)

The Autobiography of Constance Maynard was written throughout the period of 1915-1933, and covers her life from 1849-1927. The chapters have been divided in to discrete periods of her life and can be viewed by using the drop down menus below.

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Part 1 - Early days. Covers the period 1849-1864.

Covers the period 1849-1864; relating to her childhood and home life, through to adolescence and schooling at Belstead.

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Part 2 - Life at Home. Covers the period 1865-1872.

Covers the period 1865-1872; relating to life at home, her interests, travel, and finally her entrance examination and desire for further education.

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Part 3 - Life at College. Covers the period 1872-1875.

Covers the period 1872-1875; her thoughts on the education of women, her life at Hitchin (later Girton College), her studies and life at college, and her travels abroad.

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Part 4 - At Home and at Cheltenham. Covers the period 1876-1877.

Covers the period 1876-1877; her life at home after Girton and her work at Cheltenham Ladies College.

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Part 5 - My Three Years at St Andrews. Covers the period 1877-1880.

Covers the period 1877-1880, when Constance help set up St Leonards School in St Andrews with fellow Girton alumna, Louisa Lumsden.

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Part 6 - Preparations for Westfield College. Covers the period 1880-1882.

Covers the period 1880-1882, when Constance moved to London, studied at The Slade School, plus the planning and preparation work for Westfield College.

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Part 7 -  My life work. Covers the period 1882-1927.

Covers the period 1882-1927; Constance Maynard’s role as Mistress of Westfield College, as well as holidays during the vacation periods, and life outside of college. Chapter 52 relates to the adoption of Stephanë Anthon (Effie).

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Autobiography 1894-1895 Link

Autobiography 1896 Link

Autobiography 1897-1899 Link

Autobiography 1900-1905 Link

Autobiography 1905-1907 Link

Autobiography 1907-1911 Link

Autobiography 1912-1920 Link

Autobiography 1921-1927 Link

Extracts from HM King's Manuscript

An account of the family of Henry and Lousia Maynard, and their children Constance, George, Henry, Gabrielle, Dora and Josephine. Includes other relatives. Covering 1839-1910.

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For further information about Constance Maynard and the Constance Maynard collection in Archives, please follow this link to the Archive Catalogue.

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