The Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship

Signature of Charlotte Yonge

Update on CMYF AGM 2020

The meeting will take place on the date already announced

Saturday 21 November 2020, at 2 pm, GMT (London time)

and will be online, by Zoom.

The theme is 'Birthdays, Anniversaries and Celebrations' as we celebrate CMYF's 25 years of existence.

Full booking details and joining instructions will be circulated to all members in mid-October.

Any enquiries to yonge.fellowship(at)

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Cancellation of the CMYF Spring Meeting 2020

Regrettably, the spring meeting planned for Friday 24 April 2020 was cancelled because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

We hope that it can take place in the spring of 2021, with the same theme of urban missions and slum settlements, and a similar plan for the day.


Inspired by Charlotte Yonge's accounts of the London parish work of Robert Fulmort, Clement Underwood and other characters,
the theme for the Spring Meeting is missions and settlements in the East End of London.

We will combine visits to two sites a short distance apart:

St Peter's London Docks, an Anglican mission church in Wapping
where Father Charles Lowder and a group of sisters inspired many by their fearless work during a cholera epidemic.

Oxford House in Bethnal Green, the University Settlement set up by students and graduates from Keble College, Oxford.



Please note that the venue has changed to:

Ground floor meeting room

St Andrew's
Short Street SE1 8LJ
(just off The Cut)

This is the USUAL MEETING VENUE, the one at which we have met for the past few years.
NOT the venue given in the printed flyer which recently went out to Members

Saturday 23 November 2019

tbc but approx 10.15 am – 4.00 pm

The title for the day is :

Pastime or Profession?
Arts and Crafts in the works of Charlotte M. Yonge

2019 is the bicentenary year of John Ruskin: artist, craftsman and influential writer on the arts and their role in society. So it is apposite to look at arts and crafts in the works of Charlotte M. Yonge. Drawing, needlework (plain and fancy), applied and decorative arts in the home, the various crafts associated with church building and decoration -- all of these feature in her works.


will be speaking on

"Arts and Crafts Women and Church Art"

Lynne Walker is a Fellow of the Insitute of Historical Research (part of the School of Advanced Studies of the University of London).

Her research ranges over the areas of history of art, cultural memory, and gender studies. She is currently working on a history of gender, space and architecture in Britain from the 16th century to the present day.

Lynne has published widely on 19th- and 20th-century arts, crafts and architecture. With Elizabeth Darling, she co-edited AA women in architecture, 1917-2017, celebrating the centenary of women's admission to the Architectural Association's school.

Her talk will take place at approximately 11.45 am, following the business of the AGM. After lunch, there will be several brief contributions on various aspects of arts and crafts in Charlotte Yonge's works.

If you would like to offer a short contribution, please contact CMYF on the NEW email address below.

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All members of the CMYF will have received a booking form with the mailing of the CMYF Review in early October.
Non-members are also very welcome; and should contact the CMYF for a booking form by emailing our new email address




CMYF Spring Meeting

Saturday, 27 April 2019


This year the Spring Meeting is an outing to Tyntesfield, home of the Gibbs family, who were friends of Charlotte M Yonge.

It was a place where she was a welcome visitor, and it houses a portrait of Charlotte by J. H. Lorimer which we hope very much will be put on view.

The building is a fine example of a Victorian Gothic Revival country house, with chapel, gardens, period furniture and fittings superbly crafted for the house.

The plan is to meet up at Bristol Temple Meads Station, and then share taxis to take us to Tyntesfield.

Booking forms have been sent out to all CMYF members with the Spring CMYF Review mailing.

Non-members of CMYF are welcome too, and should send an email as soon as possible to yonge.fellowship(at) for a booking form. Please put ‘CMYF spring 2019’ in the subject line.

NB Tyntesfield is a National Trust Property with timed entry tickets bookable in advance, so everyone will need to book their own entry ticket in good time.
(We are not including the NT entry fee in the modest charge for the day, because many of us will be NT members.)

Entry is free to NT members, but they still require timed tickets; tickets for non-NT members cost £16.50.




St Andrew’s, Short Street, Waterloo SE1 8LJ

Saturday 24 November 2018

10.15 am – 4.00 pm

The AGM will take place in the morning.

The theme for the day – in this centenary year of (some women achieving the vote) – is the novel in which
Charlotte Yonge engaged most closely with issues of women’s rights, roles, and suffrage:

The Three Brides and the Victorian Women’s Movement

The keynote speaker is Professor Rosemary Auchmuty FRSA, of the School of Law, University of Reading. Her topic is ‘Charlotte M Yonge and the Victorian Women’s Movement’.

Now engaged with the law as it applies to marriage and civil partnership, and with women’s legal history, Rosemary Auchmuty wrote her PhD on ‘Victorian Spinsters’. In that she examined the roles of spinsters like Yonge (as an unmarried daughter as well as a writer, and how she wrote about spinsters). So she is uniquely well equipped to tell us about the struggle for the vote in the wider context of the Victorian women’s movement – and how Charlotte M. Yonge engaged with these issues.

During the latter part of the day, brief complementary contributions are sought from members. Perhaps you have views on the portrayal of the feminists in this novel, or opinions about the dress sense of Mrs Clio Tallboys – or can offer a sidelight on the struggle for women’s rights from reminiscences of your own family. If so, please contact CMYF on the email address below.

All members of the CMYF will receive a booking form with the mailing of the CMYF Review in early October.

Non-members are also very welcome; and should contact the CMYF for a booking form by emailing yonge.fellowship(at)





Saturday 28 April 2018, 10 am – 4 pm

Our 2018 venue is the famous British Schools Museum in Hitchin, housed in original Grade II listed school buildings.

The museum celebrates the history of elementary education in Britain from 1798 to the 1960s, with restored classrooms from different periods, and fascinating displays and exhibitions. Have a look at

The day includes

a talk from a member of the museum staff on the Jill Grey Collection (37,000 items relating to the history of education and the social history of childhood)

short contributions on Yonge, schools and education, from CMYF members

an optional walk around the old coaching town of Hitchin

Booking forms will be sent out to all CMYF members with the Spring CMYF Review mailing. Non-members are also very welcome to attend.
Please email yonge.fellowship(at) for further information and to book a place.




Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 May 2017

The centre is Ryde, IoW (port for one of the ferries from Portsmouth).

Two whole-day coach expeditions: Victoria and Albert's Osborne House, Dimbola (home of photographer Julia Margaret Cameron), Ventnor Gardens, and Bonchurch - an opportunity to see places that we know CMY herself visited and that figure in her novels.

An optional dinner on the Saturday evening, and an informal get-together on Friday evening.

Non-members are also very welcome.


Saturday, 16 April 2016

The Studio Theatre, The Point, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, Hants

The morning's activity is a guided walk round Eastleigh, the town Charlotte Yonge named.

It ends at Eastleigh Station, where Vivien Mallock's statue of Charlotte M Yonge is sited in the forecourt. This takes the form of a bench, with Charlotte seated at one end, musing over something she has written – so you can be photographed, sitting next to CMY!

After lunch there are four talks at The Point:

Introduction to Charlotte Yonge and her works - Penelope Wallace
Mary Anne Dyson of Dogmersfield - Alys Blakeway
The Johns Circle – Dr Melissa Hardie, joint author with Deirdre Dare, of A Passion for Nature, an account of the noted Johns family of Winchester: botanists, educators, and lovers of Cornwall
Anna and Mary Bramston - Julia Courtney

Non-members are also very welcome at this meeting.

Please contact the CMYF for a booking form by emailing yonge.fellowship(at)




This meeting was on FRIDAY 24 April 2015 at
Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.

NB -- Please note that this is a FRIDAY meeting and is being tried out by way of an experiment (rather than our usual Saturdays)

Charlotte Yonge's father, William Crawley Yonge, fought at Waterloo in the 52nd Light Infantry, commanded by his relation Sir John Colborne.
Her father's army career was an important factor in forming CMY's ideal of heroism and service,
and numerous military characters are to be found in her works.
The bicentennial year of the battle is thus an excellent opportunity to celebrate William Yonge,
and to examine his daughter's representation of soldiers and heroes, real and imagined.


Ian Yonge, family and military historian, will talk on
'William Crawley Yonge's military career and the controversial role of the 52nd Regiment at the Battle of Waterloo'.
For this he draws upon a range of materials, including WCY's own privately printed account of Sir John Colborne's career.

Dr Susan Walton (author of Imagining Soldiers and Fathers in the Mid-Victorian Era: Charlotte Yonge's Models of Manliness)
will speak on 'Charlotte Yonge and the Aftermath of Waterloo: Military Men in Reality and Imagination'.
Dr Walton is a member of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at the University of Hull.


The day includes a visit to the Firepower Museum; and afterwards there will be an opportunity
to see the nearby Royal Artillery Barracks and the Woolwich Heritage Centre.


Non-members also very welcome



A meeting was held on Saturday 15 November, at the Swedenborg Hall (20 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH).

The speaker was Dr Serena Trowbridge of Birmingham City University,
who spoke on CMY, the Gothic, medievalism and faith.



Saturday 26 April 2014

10.30 am to 5.00 pm

West Oxford Community Centre


Ellen Jordan (co-editor of The Letters of Charlotte Mary Yonge):
'Introducing Charlotte M Yonge'

Edward Wakeling (editor of LC's diaries; co-author of Lewis Carroll, Photographer, 2002):
'Lewis Carroll's photography'

Mark Richards (past Chairman of LCS)
'Carroll, Yonge and 'Tangled Tales' in the Monthly Packet'

Clemence Schultze (Chair of CMYF)
'Photography in Yonge's novels'

Demonstration of Victorian wetplate collodion photography by John Brewer,
historical photographic artist and tutor

There will also be a small exhibition of Victorian photographic books,
a reading of extracts from Carroll's poem 'Hiawatha's Photographing',
and optional guided walks through Oxford and district to point out some locations of LC/CMY interest.


Saturday 16 November 2013


Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship AGM

Saturday 16 November 2013

Marchmont Room, Hughes Parry Hall, University of London,

19-26 Cartwright Gardens London WC1H


'The joys of church-building' (Abbeychurch): Charlotte Yonge's churches in fact and fiction

Barbara Dennis and Julia Courtney

Afternoon :

Why no sequel? Contributions and discussion:

We know and love Yonge's linked novels -- but why do some of the others have no sequel?

19 - 21 April 2013


Charlotte M Yonge Fellowship met for a weekend at Torquay (Friday 19 - Sunday 21 April 2013).

The meeting included a visit to All Saints Church Babbacombe, with a talk by Dr Barbara Dennis, an expert on architect William Butterfield.

On Saturday 20 April there was be a day trip by coach to see the Puslinch area and other places of interest.

An opportunity to walk around Torquay and see places associated with CMY followed on Sunday morning.

Saturday 18 May 2013


A walk through the Belgravia area of London.

This walk took in various locations associated with the Oxford Movement, including places known to Yonge or mentioned in her works, as well as some Victorian churches.

The walk (two to three miles) was designed to allow people to drop in or drop out as they choose - or to use buses for part of the route.

Members not walking were also welcome to come for tea !


For more on Charlotte Yonge,
The Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship,
and what is on this website

Click here

Characters & Scenes :

A new book of Yonge studies
published by CMYF

To order, please email yonge.fellowship(at)

Le Château de Melville. or The Young Ladies

Charlotte Yonge’s first published work, written (in French) when she was 15. Privately printed in 1839 in aid of Otterbourne Girls’ School, and never reprinted – until now ...

Click here for how to obtain

Charlotte M. Yonge was a leading Victorian novelist and a best-seller in her own time. Her books now attract considerable academic interest and still continue to appeal to the general reader. This collection of essays by Yonge specialists and scholars is published by the Charlotte M. Yonge Fellowship.

The book concludes with a transcript of the sermon preached shortly after Yonge's death, by Canon Robert Moberly at St Matthew's, Otterbourne, and an extensive bibliography of works by and about Yonge.

This collection of studies in Charlotte M. Yonge will therefore not only be welcomed by those who are already admirers of her books but will also introduce the life and work of this extraordinary Victorian writer to a much wider readership.



“A collection of essays which will interest newcomers to Yonge and confirmed devotees alike. Their emphasis on Yonge’s changing responses to a variety of religious, social and educational issues, over half a century of her writing life, challenges the conventional sepia tones of older accounts. ”


“Charlotte Yonge has been overlooked and belittled for far too long — perhaps this collection will be the beginning of a renaissance in Yonge studies.”


“An engaging review of Charlotte Yonge’s fiction by a body of real experts on her ‘domestic Robinson Crusoes’ — stories of moral and material survival in her legendary enormous families. The essays employ both innovative and traditional critical approaches to explore many aspects of her work, including what she read and what critics said about her, her interest in women’s work, and her consciousness of the body and its discomforts. New research on her ‘Goslings’ demonstrates the extent of her influence on the next generation of women writers. This is a fresh and readable reappraisal of Charlotte Yonge’s importance as a popular and serious Victorian novelist.”


“This collection of essays draws attention to the depth and insight offered by Yonge’s quite extraordinarily prolific writing career. Still a relatively neglected author, her work testifies to the significance of the domestic, indeed ‘feminine’ dimension of faith in the Victorian period. An impressive range of perspectives is offered by the different contributors, who explore everything from Yonge’s rather fugitive children’s pieces to her more mainstream novels.”


About Charlotte Yonge ...

"... the ideas that she promulgated through her books, through her personal influence and through her letters were actually major ideas for a key generation of Victorian women – the women born in the second half of the 1840's who went on to become the first generation of women head teachers, who founded the Girls' High Schools, and who became the Principals of the new women's colleges at various universities." (Julia Courtney, Open University)

"... one could say that this [Yonge's Monthly Packet] was one of the first teenage magazines that was ever written ... " (Amy de Gruchy, UCL)
"... she's not a feminist, but she doesn't say that being a woman lets you out of anything at all ... " (Julia Courtney, Open University)

About the Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship, and its website ...

This website is intended as a focus for scholarly and general information on the life and works of the Victorian novelist and writer Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823–1901).

Yonge was a best-selling author in her time. Her output was prodigious – over 250 works. Most were reprinted many times, and many were published all over the world in the orginal English and in translation.

Today, an increasing number of Yonge's works are available in commercial print editions and as cheap print-on-demand versions. About 100 of her works are available free online from Project Gutenberg, Google Books, and other libraries and agencies. You can read or download these directly from our list of works page.

There are now a couple of free talking books (from Librivox). Some of Yonge's works in Google Books may be difficult for you to download if you are in England or Europe – Google's lawyers seem to believe that some books published in England before 1901 – though in the public domain – are still subject to copyright in the UK !

Much of this website relates to her works, bringing together publication details, plot summaries, contemporary and modern reviews, links to texts in all formats, and general and scholarly material. We have a very extensive bibliography of Yonge-related publications, and we link to a range of other Victorian, literary and artistic sites.

Interest in the Victorian era and in women writers such as Charlotte Yonge is growing all the time, as the steadily-increasing total of Yonge-related theses and conference papers show.

The Charlotte M Yonge Fellowship itself is open to everyone. It organises regular meetings in the UK. It also publishes a twice-yearly Review (free to members) and the more scholarly Journal. We have an archive of Yonge and Yonge-related works held at St Hugh's College in Oxford University. Fellowship members may use our Loan Collection of Charlotte Yonge works, and have unrestricted access to the extensive members' area of this CMYF website.

Membership is not at all expensive -- and joining is simple. See our membership page for how to join the Fellowship – and how surprisingly little it costs.

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