About the author

Fay Inchfawn was the pen-name of Elizabeth Rebecca Daniels who was born in Portishead, near Bristol, in 1880.

In 1914, shortly after her marriage to Atkinson Ward, she moved to Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire and pursued a literary career that saw her become one of the most prolific women writers of the inter-war years.

Literary success was followed by financial success, and in 1927 the Wards purchased Innisfree, a substantial and secluded early Victorian villa on the border of the villages of Freshford and Limpley Stoke near Bath.

Fay Inchfawn died in 1978 at the age of 98 and is buried in the churchyard of St Mary's, Limpley Stoke.


Fay Inchfawn

Some biographical information about the author of Salute to the Village.

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A letter from Fay Inchfawn to Mr and Mrs Alsopp written in October 1965 when her husband was seriously ill, the day before his death.

A letter written to the Alsopps at Christmas 1965. Mrs Alsopp's father was 'The Little Bible Seller' who first introduced her to the Bradford Baptists.

Letter to Mr and Mrs Alsopp written at Christmas 1968 referring to the imminent publication of 'Not the Final Word'.

A card received by Mr and Mrs Alsopp following the death of Fay Inchfawn's husband. Fay's daughter was Mary, alias 'Bunty' in her books, and her friend was Vera, better known to her readers as 'Verity'.

The 'little grey church', the church where Fay Inchfawn worshipped, and the grave where she rests with her husband, Atkinson, and her daughter Mary.

An aerial view of Innisfree and the east front of the house.

Miss Cockram's School in Bradford on Avon, 1924. Both Verity and Bunty are highlighted on the enlarged image.