Elsie Sandell (1891-1974), who became one of Southampton’s best-known local historians, was the daughter of George Washington Sandell, head of the local shipping firm of Sandell & Son. She was a prolific writer, producing a number of books on the town’s history, including Southampton Cavalcade and Southampton Panorama. She also wrote a range of booklets on local history for children, and a series of articles for the Daily Echo. She often spoke on radio and appeared on television.
In addition to her historical interests she was involved with a number of local organisations, including the Y.W.C.A., the Poor Ladies Fund charity, Friends of Old Southampton and the Alliance Francaise. She sat on the Public Libraries and Museums Committee, and in 1953 she became the first person to receive the Southampton Publicity Club’s award for Outstanding Service to the Town.
She lived at Winn Road from 1923 to 1970, when she moved to a flat in Westwood Road. That year a block of flats in The Parkway, Bassett, was named Sandell Court in her honour.
Familiar and Forgotten, by Southampton Art Gallery. (HS/t)
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