Naylor, Ian, and Hays, Harold. Stanley Webb Davies: family, friends & furniture. – Bingley: Naylor Publishing, 2016
My sister and I – great nieces of Stanley Davies – have very much enjoyed being involved with the writing of this interesting book. We played a minor role, and were absolutely delighted with all the hard work and research which went into writing it – thank you Harold and Ian. This is a useful and fascinating resource for all Quakers interested in the history of the Society as it was lived out by Friends during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It will ring a bell for those coming from a Quaker background and will enrich the understanding of those who have entered the Society more recently.
The Davies family were prominent Quakers and Stanley spent three years during the Great War, working in France with the Friends’ relief team. The book is a very synpathetic portryal of the work of the Quakers here and from the U.S. and goes on to tell of his marriage and life in Windermere where he was a leading member of the arts and crafts furniture movement. Incidentally, an older brother, Percy Davies, was the first Lord Darwen. A very interesting book although the later chapters on his career can be a bit slow going for anyone whose woodworking skills tend to be limited to a bit of DIY.
Alec Stuttard, Blackburn.
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