1884 to 1901 Childhood and School
Childhood and school: Arthur Ransome’s timeline, part 1
- Jan 18: Born at 6, Ash Grove, Leeds to Cyril and Edith Ransome.
(Mar 13: Siege of Khartoum began).
- Summer: First annual family summer spent at Nibthwaite, Coniston (Cyril taught Arthur to row and fish in subsequent years).
- Moved to 4, de Grey Rd, Leeds.
- Moved to 2, Balmoral Terrace, Leeds.
- Began boarding at Old College, Windermere.
- Summer: Cyril Ransome injured his foot whilst fishing at Nibthwaite. Infections led to his leg being amputated and a fatal decline in his health.
- Moved to 3, St Chad’s Villas, Leeds.
- Feb: The Great Frost. Windermere froze.
- May: Ransome meets Ted Scott (later his close friend at the Manchester Guardian), whilst sitting and failing the scholarship exams at Rugby.
- Jun 24: Ransome’s father died.
- Autumn: Entered Rugby School.
(Jan 22: Queen Victoria died)
- Jan 26: The Passing (“A dreadful piece of earnest doggerel”) published in the Rugby Gazette. On the subject of Victoria’s death, it was Ransome’s first appearance in print.
- Spring: Passed the exams to enter the Yorkshire College (now Leeds University) to study Chemistry.