Author announces novel about Wolferton's Royal Station Master Harry Saward and his daughters
An author and former journalist has revealed she is writing an exciting new series based in Sandringham, Norfolk.
Ellee Seymour is a former journalist and PR professional living near Cambridge and The Royal Station Master's Daughters is her debut saga novel. She previously wrote The Shop Girls (2014), a true story of life in an elegant ladies department store from 1940s-1960s.
The new series, is set in the village of Wolferton, Norfolk, on the royal Sandringham estate. Wolferton became famous due to its association with several generations of the royal family, who used the station on their way to Sandringham House, starting from 1863 when Prince Edward and Princess Alexandra moved there following their wedding, up until its closure in 1969. It welcomed royal guests from around Europe, as well as leading political figures of the day.
'The series revolves around the three daughters of Harry Saward, who was the Royal Station Master there for forty years from 1884, giving the family a unique position within its community.
The author was inspired to bring the stories of Harry Saward and his family to life after learning about them from his great grandson, Brian Heath, and his great niece, Penny Coe.
Ms Seymour said: "Harry Saward has a great untold story, having been Station Master at Wolferton for 40 years, between 1984-1924, during three monarchies. This period includes the Gallipoli campaign, a painful moment in Sandringham’s history, which is included in the first book in the series, The Royal Station Master’s Daughters. Harry's family are keen for his story to be told, for Harry to have recognition for his extraordinary time at the station, which earned him the highest regard amongst royalty, for which he was handsomely rewarded and honoured.
She said: "I have long been fascinated by the unique station at Wolferton with its plush royal waiting rooms, imagining how it would have been for royals steaming in on their 'palaces on wheels'. I wanted to bring these stories to life against the WW1 backdrop and the Sandringham Company’s disappearance in Gallipoli. Harry Saward and his three daughters were in the thick of this tragedy unfolding around them and make the perfect characters to tell this extraordinary story."
Publishing boss Claire Johnson-Creek said: "I am incredibly excited to be publishing this brilliant new series. A World War I story combined with this special look into the lives of the British royal family come together so well, and Ellee Seymour has captured the perspective of this uniquely placed family perfectly. It’s a real treat for saga fans."
The book will tell the story of young women living in this pivotal era, where the roles of the feminine shape shifted to climatize to a rapidly changing society.
Ms Seymour said: "I would like to thank Lynn News readers who responded to my letter asking for them to share stories with me relating to Gallipoli and the Sandringham Company. They were all of great interest and I appreciated being able to meet those who wrote to me.Thank you Richard Brown and Ben Colson who have been a tremendous support in sharing stories of life at Wolferton Railway Station, and military and social historian Neil Storey for inspiring me to write these stories too."
The author has completed the first novel and it currently writing her second, she has fond memories of the area and is a regular visitor to Sandringham.