Fiennes, Celia ___ 1662-1741 ___ British ___ n/a

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Celia was born in Wiltshire, near Salisbury, and was the daughter of a colonel in Cromwell’s army. Not much is known about her life, except that she never married, and travelled extensively round Britain, so much so that she is credited with being the first woman ever to visit all the English counties. She is sometimes identified with the nursery rhyme, ‘Ride a Cock Horse’, since the phrase ‘on a fine horse’ is thought to be a corruption of ‘on a Fiennes horse’ though there is no evidence for a link. Fiennes is remembered because of her interesting travel diaries - almost guidebooks - written about her extensive journeys, riding side-saddle, in England. The value of Fiennes’ diary, Ponsonby says, ‘rests in the picture it gives of country houses, gardens, and the towns, fashionable watering-places, and villages of England at the end of the 17th century’.
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1695-1697 ___ travel village society architecture

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Magdalene College, Cambridge University

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Through England on a Sidesaddle in the Time of William and Mary
 

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