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Home of a Corset Maker and George Orwell | Montague House, Southwold

Written by Laura Wharton on

Stay in the former family home of George Orwell during Southwold’s Literature Festival: Way With Words, 7-11 November 2013.

For literature lovers everywhere, Southwold is THE place to be this week! The historic town situated on the beautiful Suffolk coast is about to host it’s 2013 literature festival “Way with Words”, 7-11 November 2013.

Contributors to this year’s festival include Kate Adie, Peter Snow, Barry Norman, Roy Hattersley and Jeremy Paxman.  Professor Robert Colls of De Montford University will also be giving a talk about George Orwell, who spent much of his youth in Southwold.

Visitors to Southwold can in fact stay in the former family home of Orwell – Montague House - which is situated on the High Street.

Montague House is a beautifully renovated, Grade ll listed townhouse which dates back to the mid-18th century.   It is now available for holiday lettings through Suffolk Secrets and sleeps 6 people.  Due to its literary connections, it is the perfect place to stay during Southwold's Way With Words Festival – especially as George Orwell (or Eric Blair as he was christened!), wrote 'A Clergyman's Daughter' whilst residing in the property.

For more information on Montague House or to check availability, click here.

Copies of the Way With Words 2013 Festival programme may be picked up from our offices at The Old Water Tower, The Common, Southwold, IP18 6TB.

OTHER QUIRKY FACTS ABOUT MONTAGUE HOUSE - THE SPIRELLA CORSETIERE
According to the historical website Southwold and Son, a Mrs J B Denny (also of the Blair family) resided at the property during the 1920s, with her trade being noted as "Spirella Corsetiere ".

Spirella was an exclusive maker of bespoke corsets, which were made by 'Corsetieres" that trained with the company at their main manufacturing centre in Letchworth. Mrs Denny was a certified Corsetiere and would have received her coverted Spirella Certificate following comprehensive training on how to measure clients correctly and procure a well-fitting and comfortable garment.

According to the website, “The Corsetiere”, by the end of the Spirella training course, the newly-fledged fitter would know the answer to such testing questions as "Is Madam stout or abdominal?"

Laura Wharton

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