Celia Fiennes

Standard Name: Fiennes, Celia
Birth Name: Celia Fiennes
CF was a remarkable, indeed a unique, travel-writer about her own country. Travelling in the later seventeenth and the early eighteenth century, and writing the account that has come down to us in the latter, she is an immediate (independent instead of employed) predecessor of Daniel Defoe in his role as national surveyor. She was not an influence, however, for her work took a century even to be quoted in print, and longer still to be printed itself.
Colour photograph of the Celia Fiennes Waymark: a marker unveiled in December 1998 on No Man's Heath in Cheshire to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Fiennes's "Great Journey", on which she passed that way. The sculpted stone represents both Fiennes and her horse.
"Celia Fiennes, waymark of her travels" 2011-12-13. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:No_Fiennes_Heath_484.jpg. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.


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