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Travel Journal, 5 June 1818 - 2 Sept 1818

Identifier: Coll-203/A2/1

Scope and Contents

Journal of a tour made by Sir Charles Lyell in 1818 with his father, mother and his two older sisters. Pages are unnumbered, but there are dates throughout and the route is given at the top of every page. Lyell writes in a journal style, describing his excursions to geological sites, visits with his father - to visit botanists and a charity school - other people joining their trip (their encounter with a lady at Freiburg noted as 'one of the singular events of our tour'), and witnesses Lord Byron's gondola returning from Venice Lido - and his impression of and conversations with his guides.
Oxford to London; London to Sittingbourne; Sittingbourne to Canterbury; Canterbury to Dover; Cover to Calais; Bulogne [sic Bologne]; Samers; Montreuil, Amiens; St Juste - Clermont - Chantilly; St Denis- Paris; Paris; Paris - Versailles; Malmaison; St Germains; Paris; Paris to Chailly; Fontainbleau; to Sens; Sens to Anscerre [sic]; Rouvray to Pont-du-Payne [sic]; Genlis; Poligny; Jura Mountains; Champagnole to Morez; Morez to les Rousses; Geneva; to Savoy; Chamonix; Mont Blanc; Col de Balme; return to Chamonix; Bonneville, Geneva; Rolle, Lausanne; Yverdon; Neuchatel; Lac de Bienne [sic Lake Biel]; Nideau [sic Nidau]; Bienne; Court; Basle; Stein; Lauffenburgh [sic Laufenburg]; Waldshatt [sic Waldshut] to Newhaus; Shaffhausen [sic Schaffhausen]; Elisau, Zuric [sic Zurich]; Zug, Lake of Zug; Art [?] to Rossburg; Righe [sic Riga]; Lucern [sic Lucerne] to Sarnen; Brunig - Brientz; Giesbach [sic Giessbach], Meiringen; Alpbach; Meiringen ; Handich [sic Handegg]; Grimsel; Glacier of the Rhine; Sheideck [sic Scheidegg]; Grindelwald; Wingern Alp or Lesser Sheideck [sic Kleine Scheidegg]; Lauterbrannen; Unterseen; Berne; Fribourg [sic Freiburg]; Payerne; Bex; Pilswach [?]; Martigny; St Brancher, Valley of Bagnes; Grand St Bernard, St Brancher; Batjhs of Lenk; Lenk Bruigg [? sic]; Simplon; Domo d'ossola [sic Domodossola], Lago Maggiore; Milan; Brescia; Verona; Vicenza; Padua; Venice; Padua; Ferrara; Bolognia; Appenines; Florence.


  • Creation: 5 June 1818 - 2 Sept 1818



1 notebook : Hardback notebook with mottled cover, red spine and corners

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