The Children of Green Knowe

One Christmas when I was a child, I remember watching a TV programme set in a beautiful country house (makes so much sense now, lol), with ghost children and a scary moving statue of St. Christopher.

I never managed to see the end, which made me sad for many years, especially as I never knew the name of the story.

I later found out it was called The Children of Green Knowe, one of a series of books by Lucy M. Boston.  You can find now, luckily for me a copy of the original programme posted here (in parts).  Interestingly, since I re-discovered it, a film has been made of the sequel The Chimneys of Green Knowe starring Maggie Smith, which is known as From Time to Time.  I watched this on TV over Christmas (coincidence, again).  It has some charm,  – and was filmed at Athelhampton House –  though I still love the 80s show best!

Here are the books in order:

  • The Children of Green Knowe (1954)
  • The Chimneys of Green Knowe (1958)
  • The River at Green Knowe (1959)
  • A Stranger at Green Knowe (1961)
  • An Enemy at Green Knowe (1964)
  • The Stones of Green Knowe (1976)

I am now collecting the stories for myself!  Also, Lucy Boston lived at The Manor, Hemingford Grey.  You can understand where she got the ideas for such wonderful stories.  One day I would love to see it.

4 thoughts on “The Children of Green Knowe

  1. I love the Green Knowe books! I bought all 6 about 20 years ago and I reread them every so often. I’m hoping to visit The Manor one day. My other favourites include the Swallows and Amazons series and The Box of Delights. :-)

    • It’s so nice to find another fan! I don’t have all the books as yet, as I think some of them are out of print. I’m determined to visit The Manor now!

  2. Hi, just found this. Given the numberr of art and museum links down the side, you might be interested to know that the St Christopher statue in the books was based on a medieval statue at Norton Priory in Cheshire. I wrote my archaeology dissertation on the real statue, and wrote to Lucy Boston’s daughter-in-law as part of my research, because I thought it might have been based on ‘my’ statue. Turned out Lucy used to visit the family who owned the Priory, and the statue, before they moved out in the early 1920s. When she came to write the books, she borrowed him for the gardens of Green Knowe.

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