Widnall, Samuel Page

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(1827-1894) UK publisher and author, owner of The Old Vicarage at Grantchester from 1850, adding a Folly, and an artificial island in the River Cam which still exists; it was briefly and famously the home of Rupert Brooke (1887-1915), and later on of Jeffrey Archer. From the Vicarage, Widnall published several books from 1871, including A Mystery of Sixty Centuries; Or, a Modern St George and the Dragon (1889), which depicts the discover of a Lost Race of pre-Adamites in an African valley, who may constitute a Missing Link (see Evolution); unfortunately the valley is soon destroyed. [JC]

Samuel Page Widnall

born 1827

died Grantchester, Cambridgeshire: 16 December 1894

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