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Ashgate Hospice > Unique 100-year-old autograph books filled with memories and illustrations discovered in donation bag to Ashgate Hospice

Two ‘priceless’ autograph books filled with poems, illustrations and memories marking life 100 years ago have been discovered in a bag of donations at an Ashgate Hospice charity shop.

The autograph collection books were found amongst a bag of pre-loved items after being donated to Ashgate Hospice’s Donation Centre in Hasland, Chesterfield.

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 at Ashgate Hospice, Kevin Marshall, who works in the charity’s retail team, 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 my face.

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

In 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 28th March.

Ashgate Hospice, based in Old Brampton, Chesterfield, is planning to auction the unique time capsules on its eBay page.

The sale of the books will help fund vital end of life and palliative care for patients and families across North Derbyshire.

Meanwhile, Ashgate’s retail team has recorded a record-breaking year in online sales having generated an incredible £151,379 through its eBay function. The page also boasts a 100% positive feedback rating.

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

Watch the video to find out more about the autograph books here.