New book explores Spondon connection to German Royals

The latest in the Spondon Archive series of local history books is now on sale around the village.

Anita Hayes looks at the fascinating story of Spondonian Anne Topham, who lived most of her life in Spondon but, for a period between 1902 and 1909, was English Governess to Princess Victoria Louise, daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

The book recalls her experience of living with the German Royal Family, including extracts from the three books she wrote about her time at the Royal Court. Her tales include witnessing Orville Wright fly his plane and the first Zeppelin flight over Berlin.

The book is on sale in the village from Spondon News, Housley Pharmacy, Cherrytree Framers and Simnett Funeral Directors, priced at £5. Copies can also be posted (UK or abroad) - email [email protected] for more details.

The book (along with all the others in the series) will also be on sale at Spondon Library this coming Saturday morning (23rd July) where you can also meet author, Anita Hayes, between 10am and noon.

To find out more about the Spondon Archive books and to see all 18 titles in series, visit