A trip through EJO country -
Cumbria, Lancashire and Merseyside
Updated 12th January, 2015.

This page is part of COLLECTING BOOKS and MAGAZINES, Blue Mountains, Australia

Elsie Jeanette Oxenham published 87 books and numerous short stories for girls during the first half of last century. Most of them were set in England but a few were set in Wales, Scotland, Switzerland and France. Here are the places in Cumbria, Lancashire and Merseyside that we have found so far. We hope you enjoy "visiting" the places you have read about so often.

Please note the locations are arranged by the present name of the counties, not the name when the books were written.

Here is a small selection of EJO locations. More will be added gradually.

The locations that appear in RED actually exist.

Additions and corrections welcome at all times.

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Brian rowed Damaris and Rachel on
Grasmere the evening after he proposed
to Damaris in Dancer from the Abbey.

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Pip and Rachel and Damaris climbed Helvellyn (above).
They would have looked down on Fairfield which here is
in the foreground.

They would have looked down on Fairfield which here is
in the foreground.
Damaris threatens to dance on
Striding Edge (below) in Damaris Dances. This view
taken from Helvellyn would have changed very little as at
this height the detail of the towns is not apparent.

taken from Helvellyn would have changed very little as at
this height the detail of the towns is not apparent.

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Rachel walked to Grisedale Tarn, Patterdale and Ullswater (left) the day Brian proposed to Damaris in Dancer from the Abbeyy.
Also Damaris,
Rachel and Pip walked to Grisedale Tarn Grisedale Tarn via Seat Sandal. The view from Seat Sandal was of Scafell, Bowfell. Langdale pikes (right) Windermere and the sea.

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Lake Windermere

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The road up to Kirkstone pass, Hikers halt was part way up this road which was only a track in Elsie's day.

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Rydal Water above, Rydal water and Grasmere, right

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Rachel sat on the bluff above Rydal Water in Dancer from the Abbey.

Pip lived in Windermere right, below and below right.
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The view from Orrest Head which was one of
Pip and Damaris’s favourite places

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Ambleside - my favourite building in the small town near which Heather Garth was situated.

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This lakeland garden could be Brian's home
at Heather Garth.
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Derwent Water

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Rock outcrop on the Wirral peninsula
(between the Dee and the Mersey, now
part of the county of Merseyside).
Stones for Damaris’ garden came from

Wirral and Windamere in Guardians in Guardians
for the Abbey.

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Grasmere church
where Jen and
Maidlin went to see


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Morecambe sands and the railway viaduct Pip travelled over on her first trip to school at Dorothy's.

"Dorothy's"  is located at the mouth of Mersey

New Brighton (above) & Liverpool are on opposite sides of the Mersey
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Liverpool in 1911 as Elsie would have known it.

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Southport where Elsie was born

Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire
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