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Preloved, Unique & Intriguing

Words: Ashgate Hospice

A pair of unique 100-year-old autograph books filled with memories and illustrations have been discovered in a donation bag at Ashgate Hospice's donation centre in Hasland.

The books, described as 'priceless’, contain autographs, poems, illustrations and memories marking life 100 years ago.

The hospice understands the owner of the books, who is thought to be called ‘Mr. Glyn’, would have asked people he met in life to contribute – whether it be in the form of a doodle, inspiring message or even a poem.

Each entry in the book is signed by a different person and dates range from 1919 to 1938.

Ashgate is keen to find out more about the items and is appealing for anyone with any information about them to come forward.

Ecommerce Assistant, Kevin Marshall, said: "We received these books in a random bag of donations and they really caught our eye!

“They are very charming, and we’ve never seen anything quite like them before. They have a very warm, sentimental feeling to them! They really put a smile on our faces.

“This is not a collection of famous pop stars or sports personalities; it's just a record of people that the books’ owner met along their way through life.

"He would ask people he came across to write something or draw a doodle in his books. They have no great value but at the same time they are priceless and make for a fascinating read!”

A message in one of the books dated back to 1921, Mr Glyn says:

Every friend I would invite, a trifle in this book to write, poetic thought or merry jest. Each will be here, a welcome guest.

Kind reader use your pen and brain and do not let me ask in vain, when many years have passed away.

And evening shadows round me play, then shall this book of jest and truths, recall the memory of my youth.

Again, I my friend invite, a trifle in this book to write.

The donation which featured the books was made to the hospice on Monday 28 March.

Ashgate Hospice is planning to auction the unique time capsules on its eBay page with the sale of the books helping fund vital end of life and palliative care for patients and families across North Derbyshire.

Anyone with any information about the items is being urged to reach out to Ashgate’s retail team at or call 01246 568801.

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