Frances Chesterton

CHESTERTON, Frances Alice (née Blogg). b. 28 June 1869; d. 12 December 1938. She was the eldest child of a diamond merchant, George William Blogg (of French descent: the name was originally de Blogue) and his wife Blanche, née Keymer. Frances was educated at Notting Hill High School, followed by a time as a pupil-teacher at a Church of England Convent, St Stephen’s College (1889-91). Her parents had progressive views about the education of women, and her mother set up a debating society in the Blogg home. Frances met Gilbert Keith Chesterton* in 1896; she married him in 1901. Thereafter she acted as his general helper in all literary affairs: ‘he needed his wife to organize his life for...

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