Gordon Murray Biography

Gordon Murray, c.1962
Gordon Murray
c. 1962

(Photo © BBC)


Gordon Murray
& friend

c. 1980 


Gordon Murray
celebrating 30 years

2006
(Photo © Sunday Express)

Visionary English puppeteer, puppet maker, sculptor, film and television producer, author, wordsmith, bookmaker, and actor who spent almost thirty five years at the forefront of children’s television puppetry.
Born 1921, now retired.
Married ballet dancer Enid Martin, with whom he had two children.

Most famous for the television puppet series, the Trumptonshire trilogy and “Rubovian Legends”. The Rubovia character Gordon most closely identifies with is Sir Albert Weatherspoon. His favourite Trumptonshire character is Windy Miller.

Gordon Murray has always been interested in puppets. As a child he loved making puppets and would give little shows to friends and family at home. He dreamt of one day owning his own puppet theatre, a dream that one day would see him as director of the Children's Puppet Theatre in the BBC's new (in 1960) Television Centre.

Demobbed after WW2, Gordon set up his own puppet company, Murray's Marionettes, and then several years later joined the BBC as a puppeteer in the early days of children’s television. This turn of events occurred when Freda Lingstrom, head of BBC's Children's Television, met Gordon at one of his Murray's Marionettes performances and was impressed by his skill as a puppeteer and his knowledge of puppetry.

Looking back over Gordon Murray's more than twenty years of work in children’s television, it is one of his earlier efforts, “Rubovian Legends”, that represents his most sophisticated and charming creative output. But such attributes aren’t necessarily big money makers, and overall, he remains most famous for his trilogy of Trumptonshire stop-motion puppet masterpieces: “Camberwick Green,” “Trumpton” and “Chigley”. 

The last surviving Trumptonshire puppet
 The last-surviving Trumptonshire
puppet went to auction in 2003. Notice the deterioration. Mouse-over the image to see a height comparison: Camberwick Green soldier (8") vs. Gerry Anderson's John Tracy (22")
.

The Trumptonshire puppets, all of which today would have fetched high prices as collectors items, are long gone. Worn out and dilapidated, they were cremated on a bonfire in Gordon’s back yard after the shows were dropped from television in the late 1980s. Only one puppet, a soldier from “Camberwick Green”, miraculously escaped the fire. This same puppet was recently (April 2003) put up for auction at Christies, but failed to meet the reserve price (it was expect to sell for £2,000 - £3,000). By contrast, at the same auction the head of Thunderbirds puppet astronaut John Tracy (made of a very durable fiberglass material, in contrast to the periihable plastic foam of the Trumptonshire puppets) sold for £37,600 - despite a modest £6,000 valuation.

Back in the middle of the 1970s, the “Rubovian Legends” marionette puppets also suffered a fiery fate after Gordon found that their foam latex had gone all gooey. The much later stop-motion “Rubovia” puppets, being made of similar materials to the Trumptonshire puppets (plastic foam, wire and a ping pong ball for a head), can be safely assumed to have gone up in flames too. Incidentally, Gordon has long said that puppets should be seen working, and not hanging up in a static display, looking the worse for wear. (Note: Having seen some seriously decayed foam latex puppets, the we tend to agree. Better to make some new ones!)

Of his lifelong interest in puppets, Gordon said, “I have been interested in puppets ever since I was a child. My enthusiasm was greatly stimulated, I remember, by a visit to the Victoria Palace when I was about eight to see Delvain’s Marionettes on the variety bill. Later, of course, I avidly read the Whanslaw books.”

Following “Chigley,” it was to be six years before Gordon had a new series on television. During this hiatus, Gordon and his wife Enid were bringing up a young family and surviving mainly on repeat fees and tie-in merchandise sales from the Trumptonshire trilogy. 

Gordon's first new television series after Trumptonshire was the 1976, six-episode, stop-motion remake of some of the “Rubovian Legends” puppet plays. Called simply “Rubovia”, this series presented some of the original "Legends" stories in a simplified form more suitable for a younger audience. The BBC, in a typical lapse, scheduled it into the Watch with Mother slot, which broadcast to an audience that found the far simpler worlds of Andy Pandy and Bill and Ben challenging. Thereby, through mere circumstance, “Rubovia” was not the expected huge success, and was cancelled after a run of only six episodes.  “Rubovia” was followed in 1977 by “Skip and Fuffy” and in 1979 by “The Gublin Legends”, both aimed at the age group that watched the “The Multicoloured Swap Shop” on Saturday mornings, an indeed where Gordon got to personally introduce each episode before it was shown. Nevertheless, despite using a stop-motion technique similar to that used in Trumptonshire, and despite interesting fantasy and linguistic elements, none of these later productions experienced anywhere near the success that the plainly narrated, everyday dramas of Trumptonshire conjured up, albeit with help from a handful of memorable songs and music. With the magic fading, and feeling the winds of change, Gordon decided that the Gublins puppets were to be his last.

For an encore, Gordon turned his attention to something completely different. And so it was, between the years 1982 and 1991 devoted himself to producing and self-marketing more than sixty limited-edition miniature books. Produced under the Silver Thimble Books imprint, initially the books were hand-bound, hand-embellished, and mechanically reproduced. Beginning to tire of the run sizes and the sheer amount of work involved, Gordon progressively reduced the print run sizes, while adding further embellishments such as hand-coloured pictorial and illuminated initials, fine watercolour illustrations and endpapers, finely embroidered bindings, glassine dust covers, and slip cases. After 1987 his entire output was limited-run, wholly hand-made editions, with original calligraphic text embellished with beautiful original watercolour illustrations. Such was Gordon's attention to detail and skill in execution, that these exquisitely presented diminutive examples of the book making art are today highly sought-after collectibles. Indeed the watercolour illustrations in Gordon's books are of such exquisite quality that he has been called one of the best, if not the best, miniature book watercolourist of the twentieth century. A list of Gorgon Murray's miniature book titles is given below. Drawing from a number of sources (including a very comprehensive list kindly provided to me by  Joan and Jim Lorson of Lorson's Books and Prints, entitled Miniature Notes From Orange County, featuring the miniature books of Gordon Murray), this list attempts to be as complete as possible. A major library collection of Silver Thimble miniature books, and relevant Gordon Murray correspondence 1982 - 87, is held in the Special Collections Department of the University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, USA.


The roll-call of the Trumptonshire Fire Brigade. When Pugh's twin brother Pugh was added to give the correct rhythmic footing, a catchphrase was born.

Although in 1979 Gordon left the puppetry business, it did not leave him. The world of Trumpton was replayed time after time, staying on television screens for more than thirty years. In all, more than 100 tie-in books were published. Baby boomers, many of whom were raised on “Pugh! Pugh! Barney McGrew! Cuthbert! Dibble! Grubb!” have long wished to pass on their love of everything Trumptonshire to their children and their children's children, and not just with a few isolated episodes on videotape, but all three series, complete, and on DVD! Gordon responded as only an entrepreneur can, licensing all of the programmes for DVD release to Telstar/Firefly Entertainment in 2003 (red box), and then after Trumptonshire started to generate even more marketplace fervour, following this with a fancy new digitally restored 40th anniversary DVD release from Universal Pictures, in 2006 (available separately in white boxes, and together in a red/white boxed set). The restored versions of the DVDs have some extras (see Gordon's videography, below). In the Trumptonshire stories, Gordon Murray has created a family classic, that will endure long after the boomers have soothed their longing to re-experience the bygone, gentler era of their youth. Windy Miller, who as it happens was Gordon's favourite Trumpton character, was guaranteed a long life outside the actual television series after being adopted by Quaker Oats as their mascot in 2005.

Quaker Oats more detail here.

Gordon Murray Puppetry Timeline in Pictures:

Gordon Murray's Gublins, 1979
Gordon Murray's “The Gublin Legends” television series for young teens used stop-motion puppets that looked a little like monkeys. Each of the legends involved some magic ingredient in a different period and setting. The narration was in rhyming verse. Transmitted on Saturday mornings as part of the BBC's “Multi-Coloured Swap-Shop”, Gordon Murray appeared in person to introduce the series. Pictured here is a scene from The Prince Frog episode, 1979

Gordon Murray's Skip & Fuffy, 1977
Gordon Murray's “Skip and Fuffy”, was a stop-motion children's television puppet series about a boy named Skip and girl named Fuffy. The narration was in the form of rhyming couplets containing word games and puns. The show was transmitted as part of the BBC's “Multi-Coloured Swap-Shop” in 1977.

Gordon Murray's Rubovia, 1976
Gordon Murray's “Rubovia”was a stop-motion 
television puppet series for children. Pictured here is a scene from The Unreliable Wand episode, BBC, 1976. L to R: Sir Albert Weatherspoon, Queen Caroline and King Rufus.

Gordon Murray's Camberwick Green, 1966
Gordon Murray's “Camberwick Green”, a stop-motion television puppet series for children, BBC, 1966. In this scene, the soldiers from Pippin Fort help whistle up some wind so that Windy Miller can make the flour that Mickey Murphy urgently needs.

Gordon Murray's Chigley, 1968
Gordon Murray's “Chigley” stop-motion television puppet series for children, BBC, 1968, was the last in the Trumptonshire trilogy. In this scene, Lord Belborough and Brackett drive Bessie through Chigley's verdant landscape.

Gordon Murray's Trumpton, 1967
Gordon Murray's “Trumpton” stop-motion television puppet series for children, BBC, 1967. In this scene, Captain Flack of the Trumpton Fire Brigade checks the roll: “Pugh! Pugh! Barney McGrew! Cuthbert! Dibble! Grubb!”

Gordon Murray's The Dancing Princess, 1962
Gordon Murray's The Dancing Princess, a marionette television play for children, BBC, 1962
Gordon Murray's production of the King of the Golden River, 1959
Gordon Murray's marionette production of Ruskin's King of the Golden River, BBC, 1959.
Gordon Murray's production of the Emperor's New Clothes, 1959
Gordon Murray's marionette production of Andersen's The Emperor's New Clothes, BBC, 1959
Gordon Murray's The Winkleburg Armourer, 1958
Gordon Murray's The Winkleburg Armourer, a marionette play for children, BBC, 1958.
Gordon Murray's Rubovian Legends, 1958
Gordon Murray's “Rubovian Legends”, a marionette television series for children, BBC, 1958. In this scene the Lord Chamberlain (L) and King Rufus (R) play a game of draughts while Sir Albert Weatherspoon looks on. 

Gordon Murray's production of S.G. Hulme Beaman's “Toytown” rod puppet series for children, BBC, 1956

Gordon Murray's first three “Rubovian Legends” puppet plays used marionettes made by Kim Allen. Andrew Brownfoot designed some of the settings, and possibly also the dress worn by the Queen in this photograph. BBC, 1955.

Gordon Murray started at the BBC as the puppeteer for Spotty Dog ("the biggest spotty dog you ever did see") in “The Woodentops”, a marionette television series for children, BBC, 1955.

One of Gordon Murray's earliest puppet productions was La Boheme, 1949
 

Gordon Murray Puppetry Timeline:

1978: “The Gublin Legends” [TV-Series] (13 x 6-minute colour stop-motion episodes; the 13th episode was not transmitted. Writer, narrator, producer: Gordon Murray. Music: Freddie Philips. Animation puppet films made for BBC television, initially transmitted as part of “Noel Edmonds’ Multicoloured Swap Shop” which provided three hours of mostly-live Saturday morning entertainment for British kids aged 8 to 17. Gordon Murray appeared in person to introduce each Gublins episode.) Eleven of the Gublin Legends episodes were released on Warner Home Video in the VHS (PAL) format in 1984 (See videography, 1984, below. Unfortunately The Prudent Prince was not included, although listed on the tape box). The following details are printed on the tape box: “The Gublin Legends by Gordon Murray are animated puppet films. Each of the legends involving some magic ingredient is set in a different period and background. The charming and endearing characters all have the distinctive Gublin features. The English versions are narrated in rhyme against a specially composed musical background.” Never repeated because the BBC thought the narration was too adult. Gordon's answer to this is that children gain considerable benefit from hearing a few words they are not yet familiar with. (editor's comment: Thereby helping to raise IQ points, not lower them as television is often said to do!) All thirteen films are currently available for license from Double:Take, 13 x 5 minutes. © Gordon Murray. M&E track available. [click here or telephone +44 (0) 208 788 5743]. Gordon also wrote several Gublins children's books. These had stories that were specially created for the books (see bibliography, below).
Episode listing:
            Obadiah and Flo [later made into a non-Gublin miniature book, The Hole. See list of miniature books, below]
             Bessie o' the Glen or The Inversneekie Doonie
            The Barber of Cartina
            Mr. Dilley's Mermaid
            The Prince Frog
            The Magic Tree
            The Kendal Candle
            The Emperor's Willow-warbler
            The Honey-Coloured Hat
            The Dancing Princess
            Charley's Feather
            The Prudent Prince
            --13th episode title is unknown--
1977: “Skip and Fuffy” [TV-Series] (Short stop-motion animation puppet films made for BBC television, transmitted as part of Noel Edmonds’ “Multicoloured Swap Shop” series)
1977:
“Rubovia”
[LP record] (Two complete stories adapted from the BBC television series. BBC Record: REC 282, 33 r.p.m. 12" LP vinyl record, simulated stereo. SIDE ONE: Tunnel Trouble 21:38, SIDE TWO: The Unreliable Wand 20:16. Written by Gordon Murray. Music by Freddie Phillips. Voices: Roy Skelton and Gordon Murray. Narrated by Gordon Murray) 
1976 (20th February):
“Rubovia”
[TV-Series] (6 x 15 minutes. Six of the old B&W marionette Rubovian plays were remade in colour, with newly designed stop-motion puppets and settings. Roy Skelton did all of the character voices, while Gordon Murray handled the narration. The animation was done by the Bura and Hardwick team. Gordon Murray adapted the scripts and was also producer for the series. The six plays were transmitted on BBC1 in the lunchtime (1:45 - 2:01 pm) 'Watch With Mother' slot, and then given a couple of repeat runs over the next several years. However, even though it followed in the footsteps of Trumptonshire, and used similar production methods, “Rubovia” did not prove to be as enduringly popular, and once the repeats finished it simply “disappeared” from the public’s memory. Gordon said to us that this was to be expected, since “Rubovia” was intended for seven year olds, and that it was never his intention that it should be shown to three and four year olds, to whom it would have meant very little. Against Gordon's sage advice, the BBC children's programming department insisted on putting Rubovia into the same slot as Gordon's similarly produced and very successful earlier stop-motion series, “Camberwick Green,” “Trumpton” and “Chigley.” 
Episode listing:
             The Unreliable Wand
             Dragon Doctor
             The Magic Scent Bottle
             The Magic Duck
             The Enchanted Clock
             Tunnel Trouble

1970:
Proposal for a fourth Trumptonshire series with a seaside location. Not actually made!
1969 (6th October):
“Chigley” [TV-Series] (Stop-motion puppet series made for BBC’s ‘Watch with Mother’ segment, 13 x 15 minutes, colour). Gordon Murray was creator, writer, producer.
Episode listing:
             Lord Belborough’s Secret
             Bessie to the Rescue
   
          The Balloon
   
          The Fountain
   
          The Garden Wall
   
          Binnie & Bessie
   
          Lord Belborough’s Lucky Day
   
          Trouble with the Crane
   
          Clay for Mr. Farthing
   
          A Present for Lord Belborough
   
          Apples Galore
   
          Willie Munn
   
          The Broken Bridge
1967 (3rd January): “Trumpton” [TV-Series] (Stop-motion puppet series made for BBC’s ‘Watch with Mother’ segment, 13 x 15 minutes, colour. Written by Alison Prince. Gordon Murray was creator, co-writer, and producer.
Episode listing:
             Nick Fisher the Bill poster
             Miss Lovelace & the Mayor’s Hat
   
          Mrs. Cobbit & the Ice Cream Man
   
          Miss Lovelace & the Statue
   
          The Mayor’s Birthday
   
          Telephones
   
          The Rag & Bone Man
             Mr. Platt & the Painter
   
          The Window Cleaner
   
          Cuthbert’s Morning Off
   
          The Plumber
   
          Pigeons
   
          The Greenhouse
1966 (3rd January): “Camberwick Green” [TV-Series] (Stop-motion puppet series made for BBC’s ‘Watch with Mother’ segment, 13 x 15 minutes, colour, B&W. The Trumptonshire programmes were immediately successful, and with a wider age group than originally intended) Gordon Murray was creator, writer, producer.
Episode listing:
              Peter the Postman
   
          Windy Miller
   
          Mr. Crockett
   
          Dr. Mopp
   
          Mr. Murphy
   
          Mrs. Honeyman
   
          PC McGarry
   
          Mr. Carraway
   
          Farmer Bell
   
          Paddy Murphy
   
          Captain Snort
   
          Roger Varley
   
          Mr. Dagenham
1964/65: Due to pressure of competition from ITV’s live action adventure series, the BBC moved away from puppet productions. A major change was the disbanding of the Children’s Department. Not liking the direction things were taking, Gordon decided not to renew his contract, and in 1964 left BBC staff to become a free-lance TV film producer, using a stop-motion system. Before long, however, the BBC asked Gordon to submit some ideas for a new stop-motion series for young children, set in a rural village. Sufficiently impressed, they asked Gordon to produce a pilot episode. Due to a serendipitous typing mistake, the original series title, “Candlewick Green”, became “Camberwick Green”, and the rest, as they usually say, is history.
1962:
The Dancing Princess (BBC Productions. Marionette play)
1960:
The Magic Tree (BBC Productions. Marionette play)
1960:
BBC moved from Lime Grove studios to the new Television Centre, where Gordon was put in charge of the new purpose-built puppet studio.
1960:
The Crumpot Candles (BBC Productions. Marionette play)
1959:
The King of the Golden River
(John Ruskin) (Marionette play. BBC Productions)
1959:
The Emperor’s New Clothes (Hans Christian Andersen) (Marionette play. BBC Productions)
1959:
The Petrified Princess (Richard Arnell) (Marionette operetta. BBC Productions)
1958:
The Winkleburg Armourer (BBC Productions. Marionette play)
1958-65: “A Rubovian Legend” [TV-Series] (Twenty-six further marionette plays using Gordon Murray’s own marionettes, 26 x 20 minutes, B&W, presented by BBC Puppet Theatre. Settings and costumes by Andrew Brownfoot, assisted by Margaret Brownfoot. Gordon Murray was writer, director, & producer. Note that the title frame on the films actually says “A Rubovian Legend by Gordon Murray”, which is how the series is indexed by the BBC in their Infax database. Gordon, however, usually refers to the entire B&W marionette series as the “Rubovian Legends” which is the convention we've adopted here. See the FAQ section for more information on this topic.)
Episode listing:
             Clocks and Blocks
             The Dragon's Hiccups
             Mystery of Rubovia Castle
             The Wonky Wand
             Zaza Knows All
             Spray Fever
             Chickweed Wine
             Knight for a Day
             Crafty Art
             Fit and Well
             Something in the Air
             The Clue
             The Bell
             Bees and Bellows
             The Enchanted Duck
             The Trap
             Gala Performance
             A Cranky Banquet
             The Secret River
             Stop Press
             Fire, Fire, Fire
             Calling All Trunks
             The Troublesome Double
             Bewitched Boots
             A Sinister Visitor
             The Giddy Ghost (not Tx'd)
 

1957: “Captain Pugwash” [TV-Series] (BBC Productions. 86 x 5 minute episodes, B&W. Electronically recorded at 405 lines resolution onto 16 mm film from a studio television camera. Gordon Murray was the producer. Created, written, illustrated and directed by John Ryan. Voices by Noel Coleman [1957], followed by Howard Marion-Crawford [mid 1958], and then Peter Hawkins.)

The following notes are courtesy of Andrew Martin:
Notes: Series 1-3 and filmed episodes in 1958 have no "official" titles. I have checked the episodes from this era which have been allocated titles elsewhere, against colour episodes with similar titles, and they are not the same episodes remade. It may be that these b/w episodes were remade in colour, but I will leave that to a future researcher to verify. Anyone looking for episodes listed in the BFI's "A for Andromeda to Zoo Time" book (listing the NFTVA's TV holdings) should not the that the Tx dates given there are actually recording dates. Just to summarise the recording media of the series for the record, series 1 was live (which must have been fun!), then there were two filmed episodes not made by the BBC, thereafter all the b/w 1960s episodes were made as film recordings/telerecordings; the 1970s episodes were shot on 16mm reversal colour film i.e., the master material is positive rather than negative. I have arranged the episodes into series more based on transmission than notes on paperwork, etc., about series & episode numbers, which seems more related to production order. The "transmission frequency", it will be noted, varies from fortnightly to monthly to weekly at various points in the fifties and sixties (originally on Tuesdays, later settling on a regular day of Sunday), while seventies transmissions were daily, in the pre-news slot. For those who like numbers, there were 78 black and white episodes, five of which were live, 2 of which were filmed outside the BBC, and 30 colour episodes, making a total of 108 episodes.)

SERIES 1 (billed in RT as "The Thrilling Adventures of CAPTAIN PUGWASH and Stowaway Tom")
Commentary : Noel Coleman; written, drawn and animated by John Ryan; assistant Animator: Sue Koppenhagen; production: Gordon Murray
8/10/57 Live
22/10/57 Live (telerecorded off-air on 16/TU/3783) Held by the BBC
5/11/57 Live
19/11/57 Live
3/12/57 Live (telerecorded off-air on 16/TU/3783) Junked
(Eps. 1, 3 & 4 may also have been recorded but I have found no evidence so far they were.)

(Stand-alone episode – billed as ‘a cartoon film’)

Storyteller: Howard Marion-Crawford
Written and drawn by John Ryan
Production: (? – no credit in RT)

20/4/58 Filmed (no details on BBC PasB paperwork but likely to be same as 18/5/58)


(Stand-alone episode – billed as ‘a cartoon film’)

Storyteller: Howard Marion-Crawford
Written and drawn by John Ryan
Production: (? – no credit in RT or other documents)

18/5/58 Filmed (bought-in programme from Christopher Mann Management)


SERIES 2
Storyteller: Howard Marion-Crawford (eps 1 & 2), Peter Hawkins (eps 3, 4 & 5)
Cartoons, animation, drawings, script: John Ryan
Assistant animators: Mrs John Ryan (eps 1 & 2), Sue Koppenhagen (all)
Telerecording Editor: Neil Fowler
Presented by Gordon Murray

13/7/58 Telerecorded 3/7/58 on 16/T/4476 Held by the BBC
10/8/58 Telerecorded 3/7/58 on 16/T/4477 Held by the BBC
7/9/58 Telerecorded 29/8/58 on 16/TU/4638 Held by the BBC
5/10/58 Telerecorded 2/10/58 on 16/TU/4850 Junked (c.1967)
16/11/58 Telerecorded 29/10/58 on 16/TU/4913 Held by the BBC

(Stand-alone episode)

Storyteller: Peter Hawkins
Cartoons, animation: John Ryan
Assistant: Hazel Martingell
Presented by Gordon Murray

22/2/59 Telerecorded 11/2/59 on 16/T/TU/5523 Held by the BBC


SERIES 3

Storyteller: Peter Hawkins
Cartoons, animation, script, drawings: John Ryan
Assistant animators: Hazel Martingell (all), Sue Koppenhagen (6/9/59)
Presented by Gordon Murray

14/6/59 Telerecorded 11/3/59 on 16/T/5524 Held by the BBC
5/7/59 Telerecorded 15/4/59 on 16/T/TU/5749 Held at the NFA
26/7/59 Telerecorded 27/5/59 on 16/T/TU/6096 Held at the NFA
23/8/59 Telerecorded 1/7/59 on 16/T/TU/6262 Held at the NFA
6/9/59 Telerecorded 26/8/59 on 16/T/6412 Held by the BBC


SERIES 4 (Title in RT is now simply “CAPTAIN PUGWASH”)

Storyteller: Peter Hawkins
‘Package show’ – cartoons, animation, script, drawings: John Ryan
Assistant animators: Hazel Martingell and Colin Garland credited on ep.1, details not available on ep.2, other episodes only credit ‘three assistants’.
Presented by Gordon Murray

21/2/60 The Firework Party. Telerecorded 14/10/59 on 16/T/TU/6663 Held by the BBC
6/3/60 Surprise Attack. Telerecorded 18/11/59 on 16/T/TU/7058. Held at the NFA
20/3/60 The Highwayman. Telerecorded 13/1/60 on 16/T/7427. Held by the BBC
3/4/60 The Captain's Dream. Telerecorded 19/1/60 on 16/T/7428. Held at the NFA
1/5/60 Gold Dust. Telerecorded 24/2/60 on 16/T/TU/7752. Held by the BBC
15/5/60 Abandon Ship. Telerecorded 6/4/60 on 16/T/TU/7757. Held at the NFA
29/5/60 The Flying Buccaneer. Telerecorded 20/4/60 on 16/T/TU/8154. Held by the BBC


SERIES 5

Storyteller: Peter Hawkins
Package show, cartoons, animation: John Ryan
Assistant animators: credit for four on 16/7/61…!
Presentation by Gordon Murray

7/5/61 A New Ship (‘4th series no.8’). Telerecorded 22/6/60 on 16/T/8548. Held at the NFA
21/5/61 The Cuckoo Clock. Telerecorded 20/7/60 on 16/T/8557. Held by the BBC
4/6/61 The Powder Magazine (‘4th series no.10’). Telerecorded 3/11/60 on 16/TU/9650. Held at the NFA
18/6/61 Ivory Cargo. Telerecorded 15/12/60 on 16/T/TU/9871. Held by the BBC
2/7/61 New Sails. Telerecorded 25/1/61 on 16/T/TU/10678. Held by the BBC
16/7/61 On Trial. Telerecorded 15/3/61 on 16/T/TU/11047. Held at the NFA
30/7/61 The Map (‘no.2’). Telerecorded 28/6/61 on 16/T/TU/11828. Held by the BBC

SERIES 6

Storyteller: Peter Hawkins
‘Package’ – Script, cartoons, drawings, animation: John Ryan
Presented by Gordon Murray

4/2/62 Night Attack (‘no.3’). Telerecorded 19/5/61 on 16/T/TU/11610 (PasB) or 16/T/11339 (film itself). Held by the BBC
18/2/62 Ghost Ship. Telerecorded 28/6/61 on 16/TU/T/11827. Held by the BBC
4/3/62 The Test (‘no.5’). Telerecorded 4/8/61 on 16/TU/T/12393. Held at the NFA
18/3/62 The Secret Weapon. Telerecorded 13/9/61 on 16/T/TU/12567. Held by the BBC
1/4/62 The Crown Jewels. Telerecorded 25/10/61 on 16/T/TU/12965. Held at the NFA
15/4/62 The Doctor. Telerecorded 26/11/61 on 16/T/TU/13290. Held at the NFA
29/4/62 Press Gang. Telerecorded 10/1/62 on 16/T/TU/13806. Held by the BBC
13/5/62 Man Overboard. Telerecorded 8/3/62 on 16/T/TU/14091. Held at the NFA

(Repeat series)

3/10/62 Surprise Attack (repeat of 6/3/60 in “Picture Time”)
17/10/62 Abandon Ship (repeat of 15/5/60 in “Picture Time”)
31/10/62 Firework Party (repeat of 21/2/60 in “Picture Time”)
14/11/62 The Captain’s Dream (repeat of 3/4/60 in “Picture Time”)
23/11/62 Gold Dust (repeat of 1/5/60)
30/11/62 The Highwayman (repeat of 20/3/60)
7/12/62 The Flying Buccaneer (repeat of 29/5/60)
14/12/62 A New Ship (repeat of 7/5/61)
21/12/62 Cuckoo Clock (repeat of 21/5/61)
15/1/63 New Sails (repeat of 2/7/61)
25/1/63 A Trial (repeat of 16/7/61)
1/2/63 The Map (repeat of 30/7/61)
8/2/63 Night Attack (repeat of 4/2/62)
15/2/63 Ghost Ship (repeat of 18/2/62)
22/2/63 The Test (repeat of 4/3/62)
1/3/63 Secret Weapon (repeat of 18/3/62)
8/3/63 Crown Jewels (repeat of 1/4/62)
15/3/63 The Doctor (repeat of 15/4/62)
22/3/63 Press Gang (repeat of 29/4/62)
29/3/63 Man Overboard (repeat of 13/5/62)

(Stand-alone episode) (different day from May-July run, which RT bills as a new series)

Storyteller: Peter Hawkins
Script, animation, drawings: John Ryan
Presented by Gordon Murray

5/4/63 King of the Barbary Pirates. CH61/7610 Telerecorded 3/4/62 on 16/T/TU/14228. Held by the BBC

SERIES 7

Storyteller: Peter Hawkins
Script, animation, drawings: John Ryan
Presented by Gordon Murray

12/5/63 Arctic Circle. Telerecorded 25/4/62 on 16/T/14430. Held by the BBC
19/5/63 The Smugglers. CH62/7612 Telerecorded 18/5/62 on 16/T/TU/14860. Held by the BBC
26/5/63 Tug-of-War. CH62/7613 Telerecorded 24/7/62 on 16/T/TU/15253. Held at the NFA
2/6/63 Solid Gold. CH62/7614 Telerecorded 24/7/62 on 16/T/TU/15254. Held by the BBC
9/6/63 Heads or Tails. Telerecorded 23/10/62 on 16/T/16036. Held by the BBC
23/6/63 Mobertory Bay. CH62/7617 Telerecorded 17/5/62 on 16/T/16515. Held by the BBC
7/7/63 Pleasure Cruise. CH62/7619 Telerecorded 26/2/63 on 16/T/TU/17579. Held at the NFA

SERIES 8

Storyteller: Peter Hawkins
Script, cartoons, drawings, animation: John Ryan
Presented by Gordon Murray (except 10/5/64, presented by Ann-Marie Gardner-Stewart)

22/3/64 Secret Mission (‘no.7’). CH62/7618 Telerecorded 22/1/63 on 16/T/TU/17096. Held by the BBC
29/3/64 Black Pepper. Telerecorded 20/11/62 on 16/T/TU/16325. Held by the BBC
5/4/64 Home Grown. 31/62/7620 Telerecorded 26/4/63 on 16/T/TU/17681. Held by the BBC
12/4/64 Pirate Romance. 31/62/7621 Telerecorded 7/5/63 on 16/T/TU/18139. Held by the BBC
19/4/64 The Fortune-Teller. 31/63/7464 Telerecorded 12/11/63 on 16/T/TU/20419. Held by the BBC
26/4/64 The Wreckers. Telerecorded 24/7/63 on 16/T/TU/7623 (sic).  Held at the NFA
3/5/64 Twins. CH63/7622 Telerecorded 21/6/63 on 16/T/TU/18657. Held at the NFA
10/5/64 Under Two Flags. 31/63/7678 Telerecorded 23/4/64 on 16/T/TU/21810.  Junked (c.1973) (This episode replaced The Secret of the Stinkas, billed in RT. Note different producer)
17/5/64 A Cure for Hiccups (‘series 7 ep.3’) 31/63/7676 Telerecorded 4/2/64 on 16/T/21250. Held by the BBC
24/5/64 High Society. 31/63/7677 Telerecorded 3/3/64 on 16/T/TU/21320. Held by the BBC (recording number on some documents 16/T/20183)

SERIES 9

Storyteller: Peter Hawkins
Script, cartoons, animation etc: John Ryan
Presented by Gordon Murray (1), Diana Potter (remainder)

28/3/65 Secret of the Stinkas. 33/1/4/7675 Telerecorded 9/1/64 on 16/T/TU/20848.  Held by the BBC (Postponed from 10/5/64)
4/4/65 The Submarine. 33/63/7679 Telerecorded 21/5/64 on 16/T/TU/22259. Held by the BBC
11/4/65 The Haunted Reef. 33/1/4/7680 Telerecorded 18/6/64 on 16/T/TU/22484. Junked (presumed - no record of holdings or junk record)
18/4/65 The Moon of Muddipore. 33/1/4/7681 Telerecorded 21/10/64 on 16/4T/TU/25022. Held by the BBC
25/4/65 The Escape. 33/1/4/7682 Telerecorded 5/6/64 on 16/6T/TU/23969. Junked (presumed - no record of holdings or junk record)
2/5/65 A Hairy Affair. 31/1/4?/7683 Telerecorded 7/11/64 on 16/4T/4ENT/25238. Held by the BBC
9/5/65 Hero Willy. 33/1/5/7684 Telerecorded 5/12/64 on 16/6T/25610. Held by the BBC
16/5/65 Total Eclipse (‘no.12’). 33/1/5/7685 Telerecorded 13/1/65 on 16/6T/TU/26113. Held by the BBC
23/5/65 The Dragon of Pop Sing Ho. 33/1/5/7697 Telerecorded 24/3/65 on 16/6T/27211. Held by the BBC
30/5/65 The Vanishing Island. 33/1/5/7698 Telerecorded 14/4/65 on 16/6T/27493. Held by the BBC
6/6/65 Captain Moonshine. 33/1/5/7700 Telerecorded 26/5/65 on 16/6T/28079. Held by the BBC
13/6/65 Carnival. 33/1/5/7699 Telerecorded 4/5/65 on 16/6T/27735. Held by BBC (uncut neg)


1957:
Beauty and the Beast (BBC Productions. Marionette play) 
1957:
The Emperor’s Nightingale (BBC Productions. Marionette play. Tx’d live in B&W, but simultaneously filmed in colour as an experiment to demonstrate the advantages of colour. Scenery and costumes by Andrew Brownfoot)
1956:
“Toytown”
[TV-Series] (S.G. Hulme Beaman) (Rod puppet series. BBC Productions. Gordon Murray designed & made puppets, and was producer)
(Note: Toytown's Larry the Lamb and co were revived by Bob Bura and John Hardwick for 27 stop-motion colour episodes for ITV in 1972, but Gordon Murray was not involved in that project, which was produced by Hendrick Baker)
1956:
The Bird of Truth. (BBC Productions. Puppet play by Joy Martin. Gordon Murray producer. Puppets & settings by Andrew Brownfoot)
1956:
The Dragon's Hiccups (A further marionette play in the Rubovian Legends series. Marionettes by Kim Allen. BBC Productions. Some of the settings and a new costume for the Queen by Andrew Brownfoot. Gordon Murray was writer, director, & producer)
1956: Clocks and Blocks (A further marionette play in the Rubovian Legends series. Marionettes by Kim Allen. BBC Productions. Some of the settings by Andrew Brownfoot. Gordon Murray was writer, director & producer)
1955: The Queen’s Dragon (The very first play in what was to become known as the Rubovian Legends series. Marionettes by Kim Allen. BBC Productions. Some of the settings by Andrew Brownfoot. Gordon Murray was writer & producer)
1955: The Wonderful Horse (BBC TV puppet play with music. Gordon Murray was one of the puppeteers for this production, alongside Audrey Atterbury, Molly Gibson, Joan Garrick, Elizabeth Donaldson, Elizabeth Thorndike)
1955: Will O’ the Gris (BBC TV puppet play. Gordon Murray was one of the puppeteers for this production, alongside Audrey AtterburyMolly Gibson, Wolf Goldberg and Joan Garrick
1955-57: Most of the productions made during this period, including  “Rubovian Legends” The Queen’s Dragon, and the non-Rubovian The Emperor’s Nightingale, and Beauty and the Beast, were rehearsed, sometimes for weeks, and then performed once, live in front of the TV camera.
1955:
Gordon Murray joined BBC Children’s Television department, first as a marionette operator in “The Woodentops” series (mainly working Spotty Dog), and then as a marionette operator in a play called Will O’ the Gris, and another called The Wonderful Horse. After these projects, Gordon quickly stepped into the role of producer of children’s television puppet programmes, and director of the BBC's Television Puppet Theatre.
1955: Rod puppets, with Alan Judd, at the Soho Fair, London: Up the River (Herve) and Spoiling the Broth (Offenbach)
1953:
Summer season marionette show at Broadstairs. Gordon advertised for marionette operators and took on a 16-year-old named John Hardwick!
1952:
Marionette productions, with Alan Judd: The High Toby (Priestly) and The Rose of Auvergne (Offenbach), at Broadstairs and Boltons Theatre, London. 
1949: La Boheme (The Puppet Theatre of Gordon Murray).
Main source of timeline information: Dictionary of Puppetry by A.R. Philpott. McDonald, London, 1969.

Gordon Murray Bibliography

1982-90: Silver Thimble Books. At least 35 miniature book titles. See list below.
1981:
Mr. Dilley's Mermaid: A Gublin Legend by Gordon Murray, (p. 92-5), in BBC Swap Shop Book 4. The television programme of the same name presented in 'widescreen' picture strip form. A total of twelve pictures are used. The script was modified somewhat from the film, principally to remove topical and geographic references. The story features Harry Dilley; the Vicar; the Vicar's daughter, Agnes, a crook called Titus Leach, four members of the Women's Institute, and a mermaid called Lucy Lock.
1980: The Magic Tree: A Gublin Legend Picture Strip by Gordon Murray, (2 pp.), in BBC Swap Shop Book 3. A version of the television programme of the same name. The 7200 frames and complex choreography of the film have been reduced to just seventeen still pictures by skillfully rearranging the layouts and using a wider-angle view, thereby also increasing the visual appeal of the picture strip. The story features Abdul, the Caliph, an ornamental tree and a whole lot of 'Bunzibub'.
1979:
The Prince Frog: A Gublin Legend by Gordon Murray, (2 pp.), in BBC Swap Shop Book 2. A version of the television programme of the same name. The 7200 frames of the film have been reduced to just six still pictures by skillfully rearranging the layouts and using a wider-angle view. The story features Mr. Wiffin, a coachman, King Alfonso, Princess Tina, and a Frog Prince.

           

1979: The Surprise Present. A young Gublins picture story book written and illustrated by Gordon Murray. Dean (see picture above). 
1979:
Grandpa's Mistake
. A young Gublins picture story book written and illustrated by Gordon Murray. Dean (see picture above).
1979:
The Wishing Well
. A young Gublins picture story book written and illustrated by Gordon Murray. Dean (see picture above).
1979: The Lost Drum. A young Gublins picture story book written and illustrated by Gordon Murray. Dean (see picture above).
1969:
Camberwick Green and Trumpton postcards. Scenes from the BBC-tv television series, “Camberwick Green” and “Trumpton”. © Gordon Murray Puppets Ltd., 1969. Printed by Dixon-Lotus in Great Britain. A set of 26 cards, as follows:
               L6/8402, Series No. BBC9, TRUMPTON. Captain Flack, Pugh 1, Pugh 2, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb, with Mr. Craddock.
               L6/8403, Series No. BBC10, TRUMPTON. Townhall.
               L6/8404, Series No. BBC11, TRUMPTON. The Mayor sits for his Portrait.
               L6/8405, Series No. BBC12, TRUMPTON. The Mayor's Parlour.
               L6/8406, Series No. BBC13, TRUMPTON. The Mayor presents the Prizes at the Flower and Vegetable Show.
               L6/8407, Series No. BBC14, TRUMPTON. Fire Brigade to the Rescue.
               L6/8408, Series No. BBC15, CAMBERWICK GREEN. Mr. Dagenham drops in on Windy Miller.
               L6/8409, Series No. BBC16, CAMBERWICK GREEN. Disaster at the Post Office.
               L6/8410, Series No. BBC17, CAMBERWICK GREEN. Captain Snort, Sgt. Major Grout and the Soldierboys at Pippin Fort.(v)
               L6/8411, Series No. BBC18, CAMBERWICK GREEN. Dr. Mopp at a Medical Inspection.
               L6/8412, Series No. BBC19, CAMBERWICK GREEN. Peter Hazel collecting the Post.(v)
               L6/8413, Series No. BBC20, CAMBERWICK GREEN. Mr. Crockett's Garage.
               L6/8414, Series No. BBC21, CAMBERWICK GREEN. Mr. Murphy's Bakery.
               L6/8415, Series No. BBC22, CAMBERWICK GREEN. Inside the Post Office.
               L6/8416, Series No. BBC23, CAMBERWICK GREEN. Farmer Jonathan Bell delivers eggs to the ......???????????????.
               L6/8417, Series No. BBC24, CAMBERWICK GREEN. Road works outside Mr. Carraway's Fish Shop.(v)
               L6/8418, Series No. BBC25,  TRUMPTON. Mrs. Cobbit Flower Seller. + Miss Lovelace and dogs.????????????????
               L6/8419, Series No. BBC26, TRUMPTON. Miss Lovelace, watched by Daphne, Mitzi and Lulu.???????????????
1964: Blue Peter Instruction Leaflet: Gordon Murray's Bottle Puppets. 6 pp. Stapled loose-leaf, illustrated step-by-step instructions for making bottle puppets and a puppet stage. Available to viewers of the BBC “Blue Peter” television series who wrote in and requested the leaflet.
1958: Puppets. By Gordon Murray. Illustrated by Tony Hart. Puffin Picture Books. Press-out pattern-cards and full instructions for making any number of marionettes, using thin card and gummed paper strip as the main materials.

Gordon Murray Videography


Trumptonshire: The Complete
Collection DVD Boxed Set,
Digitally Restored, 2006

2006: Trumptonshire: Trumpton / Camberwick Green / Chigley. The complete Collection. Special 40th anniversary edition, with all 39 episodes digitally restored. Boxed set of 3 DVDs, Universal Pictures Video. © Gordon Murray (Trumptonshire) Ltd., 2002.  Region 2 DVD, PAL, colour. Released 25 September 2006. Runtime 588 minutes. Building on the success of the 2003, The Complete Collection DVDs, this new release, digitally restored with some new extras of this complete DVD boxed-set coincided with a strong renewal of interest in these classic children's television programmes, driven in part by the adoption of Windy Miller as Quaker Oats' new mascot. “Camberwick Green” (13 episodes: Peter the Postman, Windy Miller, Mr. Crockett, Dr. Mopp, Mr. Murphy, Mrs. Honeyman, PC McGarry, Mr. Carraway, Farmer Bell, Paddy Murphy, Captain Snort, Roger Varley, and Mr. Dagenham); “Trumpton” (13 episodes: Nick Fisher the Bill poster, Miss Lovelace & the Mayor’s Hat, Mrs. Cobbit & the Ice Cream Man, Miss Lovelace & the Statue, The Mayor’s Birthday, Telephones, The Rag & Bone Man, Mr. Platt & the Painter, The Window Cleaner, Cuthbert’s Morning Off, The Plumber, Pigeons, and The Greenhouse); “Chigley” (13 episodes: Lord Belborough’s Secret, Bessie to the Rescue, The Balloon, The Fountain, The Garden Wall, Binnie & Bessie, Lord Belborough’s Lucky Day, Trouble with the Crane, Clay for Mr. Farthing, A Present for Lord Belborough, Apples Galore, Willie Munn, and The Broken Bridge).

2006: Chigley—The complete Collection. [Blue & white DVD cover] Special 40th anniversary edition, with all 13 episodes digitally restored. Universal Pictures Video. © Gordon Murray (Trumptonshire) Ltd., 2006.  Region 2 DVD, PAL, colour. Released 19 June 2006. Runtime 180 minutes + bonus documentary about the restoration. Building on the success of the 2003, The Complete Collection DVDs, this release coincided with a strong renewal of interest in these classic children's television programmes. (13 episodes: Lord Belborough’s Secret, Bessie to the Rescue, The Balloon, The Fountain, The Garden Wall, Binnie & Bessie, Lord Belborough’s Lucky Day, Trouble with the Crane, Clay for Mr. Farthing, A Present for Lord Belborough, Apples Galore, Willie Munn, and The Broken Bridge).

2006: Camberwick Green—The complete Collection. [Green & white DVD cover] Special 40th anniversary edition, with all 13 episodes digitally restored. Universal Pictures Video. © Gordon Murray (Trumptonshire) Ltd., 2006.  Region 2 DVD, PAL, colour. Released 8 May 2006. Runtime 180 minutes + Trumptonshire Art Gallery. Building on the success of the 2003, The Complete Collection DVDs, this release coincided with a strong renewal of interest in these classic children's television programmes. (13 episodes: Peter the Postman, Windy Miller, Mr. Crockett, Dr. Mopp, Mr. Murphy, Mrs. Honeyman, PC McGarry, Mr. Carraway, Farmer Bell, Paddy Murphy, Captain Snort, Roger Varley, and Mr. Dagenham).

2006: Trumpton—The complete Collection. [Red & white DVD cover] Special 40th anniversary edition, with all 13 episodes digitally restored. Universal Pictures Video. © Gordon Murray (Trumptonshire) Ltd., 2006.  Region 2 DVD, PAL, colour. Released 27 March 2006. Runtime 180 minutes + bonus interview with Gordon Murray. Building on the success of the 2003, The Complete Collection DVDs, this release coincided with a strong renewal of interest in these classic children's television programmes. (13 episodes: Nick Fisher the Bill poster, Miss Lovelace & the Mayor’s Hat, Mrs. Cobbit & the Ice Cream Man, Miss Lovelace & the Statue, The Mayor’s Birthday, Telephones, The Rag & Bone Man, Mr. Platt & the Painter, The Window Cleaner, Cuthbert’s Morning Off, The Plumber, Pigeons, and The Greenhouse).

Complete Trumptonshire Trilogy on DVD
The Complete Collection:
Camberwick Green /
Trumpton / Chigley
DVD Set, 2003

2003: The Complete Collection—Camberwick Green / Trumpton / Chigley. All 39 episodes on 3 DVDs, Telstar/Firefly Entertainment TDVD9033. © Gordon Murray (Trumptonshire) Ltd., 2002.  Region 0 DVD, PAL, colour. Released 21 April 2003. Runtime 540 minutes. After a number of incomplete releases on videotape and DVD, 1984–2002, the release of this complete DVD boxed-set was welcomed by parents who'd seen the series as children, wanting to share these classic children's television programmes  with their own children, a generation later. “Camberwick Green” (13 episodes: Peter the Postman, Windy Miller, Mr. Crockett, Dr. Mopp, Mr. Murphy, Mrs. Honeyman, PC McGarry, Mr. Carraway, Farmer Bell, Paddy Murphy, Captain Snort, Roger Varley, and Mr. Dagenham); “Trumpton” (13 episodes: Nick Fisher the Bill poster, Miss Lovelace & the Mayor’s Hat, Mrs. Cobbit & the Ice Cream Man, Miss Lovelace & the Statue, The Mayor’s Birthday, Telephones, The Rag & Bone Man, Mr. Platt & the Painter, The Window Cleaner, Cuthbert’s Morning Off, The Plumber, Pigeons, and The Greenhouse); “Chigley” (13 episodes: Lord Belborough’s Secret, Bessie to the Rescue, The Balloon, The Fountain, The Garden Wall, Binnie & Bessie, Lord Belborough’s Lucky Day, Trouble with the Crane, Clay for Mr. Farthing, A Present for Lord Belborough, Apples Galore, Willie Munn, and The Broken Bridge).
2002: Chigley–Stories from Chigley. 111 minutes. (8 episodes: Lord Belborough's Secret, Bessie to the Rescue, The Balloon, The Fountain, Trouble with the Crane, A Present for Lord Belborough, Apples Galore, and The Broken Bridge). 1 DVD, Telstar/Firefly Entertainment TDVD9027. © Gordon Murray (Trumptonshire) Ltd. 2001.  Region 0 DVD, PAL, colour. 
2002: Trumpton–Stories from Trumpton. 115 minutes. (8 episodes: Nick Fisher the Bill poster, Miss Lovelace & the Mayor’s Hat, Mrs. Cobbit & the Ice Cream Man, Miss Lovelace & the Statue, The Mayor’s Birthday, Telephones, The Rag & Bone Man, and Mr. Platt & the Painter). Telstar/Firefly Entertainment TDVD9026. © Gordon Murray (Trumptonshire) Ltd. 2001.  Region 0 DVD, PAL, colour. 
2002:
Camberwick Green–Stories from Camberwick Green. 174 minutes. (12 episodes: Peter the Postman, Windy Miller, Mr. Crockett, Dr. Mopp, Mr. Murphy, Mrs Honeyman, PC McGarry, Mr. Carraway, Farmer Bell, Paddy Murphy, Captain Snort, and Roger Varley). Telstar/Firefly Entertainment TDVD9025. © Gordon Murray (Trumptonshire) Ltd. 2001.  Region 0 DVD, PAL, colour.
1996-7: Seven videotapes under the Camberwick Green banner, comprising 28 episodes as follows: Vol.1: A Busy Day in Camberwick Green (TVE3011) (Peter the Postman, Windy Miller, Mr. Crockett, Dr. Mopp) ; Vol.2: A Trip to Trumpton (TVE3012) (Nick Fisher the Bill poster, Miss Lovelace & the Mayor’s Hat, Mrs. Cobbit & the Ice Cream Man, Miss Lovelace & the Statue); Vol.3: Let’s Visit Chigley (TVE3014) (Lord Belborough’s Secret, Bessie to the Rescue, The Balloon, The Fountain); Vol.4: It's Fun to Work in Camberwick Green (TVE3018) (Mr. Murphy, Mrs. Honeyman, PC McGarry, Mr. Carraway); Vol.5: Tales from Trumpton Town (TVE3020) (The Mayor’s Birthday, Telephones, The Rag & Bone Man, Mr. Platt & the Painter); Vol.6: A Ride to Chigley (TVE3021) (Trouble with the Crane, A Present for Lord Belborough, Apples Galore, The Broken Bridge); Vol.7: Meet Your Friends in Camberwick Green (TVE3022) (Farmer Bell, Paddy Murphy, Captain Snort, Roger Varley). VHS PAL, colour.
1989: Three videotapes, Trumpton 1: The Greenhouse (BBCV4230) (The Greenhouse, The Plumber, and Pigeons); Camberwick Green 1: Mickey Murphy ‘The Baker’ (BBCV4231) (Mickey Murphy ‘The Baker’, Mr. Carraway ‘The Fishmonger’, Mrs. Honeyman & Her Baby); Chigley 1: A Present for Lord Belborough (BBCV4232) (A Present for Lord Belborough, Apples Galore, Trouble with the Crane); VHS PAL, colour.
1984: A VHS tape by Panache Video International., “The Gublin Legends” (eleven 6-minute stop-motion animation puppet films made for BBC television, originally transmitted as part of Noel Edmonds’ “Multicoloured Swap Shop” series). Runtime approx. 66 minutes, colour. Catalog #88030 (VHS PAL/English language). Distributed by Warner Home Video. Copyright © Gordon Murray. According to the sleeve, this tape comprises twelve episodes, but only eleven are actually present. Presented as a series of delightfully animated puppet films, the Gublin legends all involve some magical element, and each is set in a different period and background. The charming and endearing characters all have the distinctive Gublin features. The films are narrated in rhyme against a specially composed musical background. Story titles: Obadiah and Flo (this story was later made into a non-Gublin miniature book, The Hole. See list of miniature books, below), Bessie o' the Glen or The Inversneekie Doonie, The Barber of Cartina, Mr. Dilley's Mermaid, The Prince Frog, The Magic Tree, The Kendal Candle, The Emperor's Willow-Warbler, The Honey-Coloured Hat, The Dancing Princess, Charley's Feather. (Not present on the tape, but listed on box: The Prudent Prince).
1984: A set of three VHS tapes by Longman. Titles: Trumpton: 4 Stories from the Ever Popular TV Series (Nick Fisher the Bill Poster, The Mayor’s Hat, Mrs. Cobbit and the Ice Cream Man, and Miss Lovelace and the Statue); Camberwick Green (no further details known); Chigley (no further details known).
1978: Bessie o’ the Glen or The Inversneekie Doonie. Runtime 5:00. A Gublin Film by Gordon Murray. Narration: Gordon Murray. Music: Freddie Philips. In Children’s Seventies TV Favourites video compilation. CTD11047. © Contender Ltd. 1998.  VHS PAL, colour.

Gordon Murray’s Silver Thimble Miniature Books

Gordon Murray began publishing miniature books in 1982 under the Silver Thimble Books imprint. Gordon's books, which demonstrated well developed skills in calligraphy and watercolour painting, were notable for their quality, style and content. Indeed the watercolour illustrations in Gordon's books are of such exquisite quality that he has been called one of the best, if not the best, miniature book watercolourist of the twentieth century.

Gordon's earlier miniature books were all printed from plates of photo-reduced calligraphy, embellished with hand-coloured illustrations, and hand-bound in attractively-coloured full cloth hard covers. His later books added further embellishments such as hand-coloured pictorial and illuminated initials, in addition to numerous fine watercolour illustrations and endpapers, finely embroidered bindings, glassine dust covers and slip cases. Some of the embroidery was done by Gordon's daughters. However, as Gordon moved away from mechanical reproduction methods, he progressively reduced the print run sizes from the 300c - 500c range to 50c.

In 1987, after wearying of producing multiple hand-embellished printed editions, Gordon ceased production of his earlier miniature books and focused on the production of  limited-run, entirely hand made, miniature books. They all have original calligraphic text and are embellished with vivid original watercolour illustrations. These unique and beautiful artist's books, in many cases one-of-a-kind, are the work of one of the twentieth century's most talented artisans.

Many of Gordon Murray's miniature books are in the hands of collectors. However, an almost complete set of Gordon's earlier editions is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books, Special Collections Department, University of Iowa Libraries, USA.

Gordon Murray's Entirely Hand Made Editions:

Gordon Murray's Hand-Embellished Printed Editions:

 

Gordon Murray's Entirely Hand Made
Miniature Book Editions

Star-Cross'd Lovers
From Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare 1564-1616
Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1991. 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" (44 mm x 38 mm). Three volumes with a special octavo size display case. Each with a wraparound original watercolor cover. Calligraphed and bound by Gordon Murray, made entirely by hand, no printing process involved. One of a kind.
Vol. I - Gallop Apace. III, ii, 1-16; (38)pp.
Vol. II - Come Romeo, III, ii, 17-31; (36)pp.
Vol. III - One Short Minute, II, vi, 1-15; (38)pp.


My Heart’s in the Highlands
Robert Burns
Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1990. 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" (44 mm x 38 mm). (20)pp. Limited edition of 22 autographic miniature books each individually calligraphed and bound by Gordon Murray, made entirely by hand, no printing process involved. Signed by Gordon Murray. Made to celebrate the visit to Scotland of members of the Miniature Book Society. Bound in original watercolour-decorated paper boards and endpapers. Black slipcase with label. A copy is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


The Scholar Gipsy
Matthew Arnold, 1822-1888
Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1990. 3" x 2 7/8" (76 mm x 73 mm). A poem by Matthew Arnold in two volumes. Decorative pattern insert on front covers plus a double-page illustration in each book. Calligraphed and bound by Gordon Murray, made entirely by hand, no printing process involved. Slip case. One of a kind.
Vol. I - (50)pp.
Vol. II- (64)pp.


Goblin Market
Christina Rossetti, 1830-1894
Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1990. 3" x 3" (76 mm x 76 mm). A poem by Christina Rossetti in four volumes, all with calligraphic text, and original watercolor insert on front cover plus a double-page illustration in Volume I. Slip case. One of a kind.
Vol. I - (46)pp
Vol. II - (46)pp
Vol. III - (42)pp
Vol. IV - (48)pp


Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
Thomas Gray 1716-1771
Cloth with original watercolor insert on front cover and a double-page frontis illustration with title page and sixty six pages of calligraphic text. 3" x 2 7/8", 1990, slip case.


Ode to a Nightingale
John Keats 1795-1821
A poem by John Keats. Cloth with original watercolor insert on front cover and one double-page text illustration with forty eight pages of calligraphic text. 3" x 2 3/4", 1990, slip case. One of a kind.


Cap and Bells and other poems...consisting of:
a) Cap & Bells by W. B. Yeats
b) Stanzas by John Keats
c) A Child's Pet by W. H. Davies
d) The Fuchsias by Thomas Hardy
e) Venetian Art by Thomas Moore

Cloth with original watercolor insert on front cover and each poem with a double page illustration plus thirty pages of calligraphic text. 3" x 2 3/4", 1990, slip case. One of a kind.


Ode to the West Wind
Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792-1822
Cloth with original watercolor insert on front cover and a double page frontis illustration and five vignettes of stormy clouds embellishing the forty pages of calligraphic text. 3" x 2 3/4", 1990, slip case. One of a kind.


Auguries of Innocence
A Poem by William Blake 1757-1827
Cloth with original watercolor insert on front cover and a double title page with watercolor illustration plus thirty four pages of calligraphic text. 3" x 2 3/4", 1990, slip case. One of a kind.


Autumn
Thomas Hood, 1796-1845
Cloth with original watercolor insert on front cover and one double page text illustration with thirty six pages of calligraphic text. 2 1/2" x 2", 1990, slip case. One of a kind.


Cleopatra's Barge from Antony & Cleopatra, Act II, Scene ii
William Shakespeare 1564-1616
Cloth with original watercolor insert on front cover and a double-page text illustration plus twenty eight pages of calligraphic teat. 2 1/2" x 2", 1990, slip case. One of a kind.


Rosabelle
Sir Walter Scott, 1771-1832
Cloth with original watercolor insert on front cover and a double page frontis illustration plus twenty six pages of calligraphic text. 2 3/8" a 2", 1990, slip case. One of a kind.


The Phoenix and the Turtle
William Shakespeare 1564-1616
A Poem by William Shakespeare. Written out and illustrated by Gordon Murray, Sussex, 1990. 5/8" x 2 1/8", Cloth with original watercolor insert on front cover and one full page text illustration plus thirty eight pages of calligraphic teat. 1 5/8" x 2 1/8", 1990, slip case.


The White Knight's Song
Lewis Carroll, 1832-1898
Written out and illustrated by Gordon Murray. Cloth with original watercolor insert on front Cover and one full page text illustration plus forty six pages of calligraphic text. 1 3/4" x 2", 1990, slip case.


Ovid
Christopher Marlow (translator)
Amores I:V. Translated circa 1599 by Christopher Marlow. Cloth with original watercolor insert on front cover and one full page text illustration plus 26 pages of calligraphic text. 1 3/4" x 2", 1990, slip case.


A Series of six books uniform in style. Each has a fully painted cover with calligraphic text. 1 3/4" x 1 1/2", 1990, slip case. All one of a kind.
Vol. I. To Sleep - John Keats 1795-1821. (30)pp.
Vol. II. After the Storm. Edmund Waller 1606-87. (26)pp.
Vol. III. Thus I Resolve. Thomas Campion 1567-1620. (26)pp.
Vol. IV. Heart’s Music. Anon. Circa 1600. (26)pp.
Vol. V. The Choice. Nahum Tate 1652-1715. (26)pp.
Vol. VI. Change of Weathers. Francis Quarles 1592-1644. (26)pp.


Humpty Dumpty's Recitation from Through the Looking Glass
Lewis Carroll, 1832 - 1898
Written out by Gordon Murray. Cloth with original watercolor insert on front cover with a one page text illustration plus forty pages of calligraphy. 1 5/8" x 1 3/4", 1990, slip case. One of a kind.


All the World's a Stage from "As You Like It", II, vii
William Shakespeare 1564-1616
Written out and illustrated by Gordon Murray. De Morte (On Death) Anon.; What is our Life by Walter Raleigh 1522-1618. Cloth with original watercolor insert on front cover and one double-page text illustration plus thirty pages of calligraphy, 2 1/2" x 2", 1990, slip case. One of a kind.


Manet
Watercolor miniatures by Gordon Murray after Edouard Manet, 1832-1883
Cloth with original watercolor insert on front cover and nine double-page text illustrations. 3" x 3", 1988, slip case. One of a kind.


The Painter Diplomat
Watercolor miniatures by Gordon Murray after Peter Paul Rubens, 1577-1640
Cloth with original watercolor insert on front cover and nine double-page text illustrations. 2 3/4" x 2 5/8", 1988. One of a kind.


Watercolor miniatures by Gordon Murray after Rafael Johannis Santis de Urbino, 1483-1520, known as Raphael
Cloth with original watercolor insert on front cover and eight double-page, plus four single page, text illustrations. 3" x 3", 1988, slip case. One of a kind.


The Adoration of the Magi and other paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, 1577-1640
Details reproduced as watercolor miniatures by Gordon Murray
Cloth with watercolor insert on front cover and five double-page plus four single page text illustrations. 2 3/4" x 2 5/8", 1988, slip case. One of a kind.


Manet Portraits
Watercolor miniatures by Gordon Murray after Edouard Manet, 1832-1883
Cloth with original watercolor insert on front cover and nine double-page text illustrations. 2 1/2" a 2 1/4", 1988, slip case. Limited to 4 examples. $700.00


Constable
Watercolor miniatures by Gordon Murray after John Constable 1776-1837
Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1988. 2 1/2" x 2 1/4" (63 mm x 57 mm). Limited edition of 4. Designed and published by Gordon Murray. Bound in full green cloth with inset original watercolour of horse and rider jumping a hedge, on front. Nine double-page original watercolour illustrations in the text, and original watercolour endpapers (see example below). Black slip case.


Renoir's Children
Watercolor miniatures by Gordon Murray after Pierre-Aguste Renoir 1841-1919
Cloth with watercolor insert on front cover and nine double-page text illustrations. 2 " x 2 3/16", slip case, 1988. Limited to 4 examples. $650.00


Gallery One
Watercolor miniatures by Gordon Murray of details from master paintings
Cloth with watercolor insert on front cover and nine double-page text illustrations. 2" x 2 3/16", 1988, slip case. Limited to 4 examples. $650.00


Dulac
Watercolor miniatures by Gordon Murray after Edmund Dulac 1882-1953
Cloth with watercolor insert on front cover and nine double-page text illustrations. 2" x 2 3/16", slip case, 1988. Limited to 4 examples. $650.00


To My Son
Sir Walter Raleigh
Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1990. 1 1/4" x 1 1/2" (27 mm x 33 mm). Limited edition of 1. Designed and published by Gordon Murray. Bound in pictorial paper boards, with slipcase.


 

Russian Imperial Easter Eggs
Gordon Murray
Illustrations and descriptions of Easter eggs. 2 7/8" x 2 1/2" (73 mm x 63 mm). (48)pp. Signed by Gordon Murray, dated II 1988. Green linen-finish full cloth cover with inset hand-coloured illustration. In a black slipcase. The copy held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection is numbered “1/1”, indicating that it is possibly one-of-a-kind.


 

Haymaking
Edward Thomas
1987. 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" (70 mm x 70 mm). (27)pp. Signed by Gordon Murray, dated X 1987. Poems in manuscript. The poems are written across the openings. Bound in a full green linen-finish cloth cover with inset hand-coloured illustration. In a black slipcase. The copy held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection is numbered “1/1”, indicating that it is possibly one-of-a-kind.

 

Gordon Murray's Hand-Embellished, Mechanically Printed, Silver Thimble Miniature Book Editions
 

The Innocent Eye
Gordon Murray, ed.
Thomas Love Peacock & Robert Louis Stevenson
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1987. 2 7/16" x 1 15/16" (62 mm x 49 mm). (26)pp. Limited edition of 32, signed by Gordon Murray, dated VI 1987. Gordon Murray is the artist, designer, and publisher. Peacock’s essay and Stevenson’s poem, about the child’s discovery of the world, are illustrated with two full-page watercolours at the beginning of selections. A watercolour of an eye is mounted and inset in the full salmon cloth of the front cover. Glassine dust jacket. In a black slipcase with printed paper label. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


February
John Clare (1793-1864)
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1987. 2 1/2" x 2 3/4" (53 mm x 70 mm). Limited edition of 32, numbered and signed by Gordon Murray, dated III 1987. Gordon Murray is the artist, designer, and publisher. The book has a full olive canvas cover with inset original watercolour picture of a rural winter landscape. Glassine dust jacket. In a black slipcase with printed label on side. The book contains original calligraphy and seven original watercolours of pastoral scenes in winter by Gordon Murray. The copy in the Charlotte M. Smith collection has an errata slip: “ERRATUM / copies 1 to 8 / Verses marked / D E F G should / be read after / those marked / A B C”. The publisher has lightly lettered the relevant pages, in pencil. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


A Crown of Rosebuds: From the Wisdom of Solomon
Gordon Murray, ed.
Contributions by
Robert Herrick & Thomas Traherne
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1986. 2 7/16" x 1 15/16" (62 mm x 49 mm). (26)pp., frenchfold. Limited edition of 50, numbered and signed by Gordon Murray, dated XII 1986. Gordon Murray is the artist, designer and publisher. Passages on the “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may” theme, with two original full-page watercolours (one of which is shown below).

Pictorial initials decorate almost every page (see example, left). Original watercoloured endpapers. Bound in a full rust corduroy cover. Front cover has a tiny inset golden frame enclosing an original watercolour angel bearing a wreath of rosebuds. Glassine dust jacket. In a black slipcase bearing a printed paper label. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


When I Was One and Twenty
A. E. Housman
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1986. 2 7/16" x 1 15/16" (62 mm x 49 mm). Limited edition of 50, signed by Gordon Murray, dated XI 1986. Bound in a full olive cloth cover with a counted-cross-stitch red heart tied with a gold-coloured ribbon bow. In a glassine dust jacket and black slipcase with a paper label. Four poems by Housman illustrated with two full-page watercolour illustrations by Gordon Murray with watercoloured end papers, and hand-coloured capitals. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


 

Summer
Gordon Murray, ed.
Contribution by
William Barnes, John Claire & Richard Jeffries
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1986. 2 7/16" x 1 15/16" (62 mm x 49 mm). (26)pp. Limited edition of 50, signed by Gordon Murray. Bound in full gold needlepoint with a large rose and four buds with green leaves and a green border stitched on front cover. A fore-edge of a floral bouquet painted on double folds of paper. Each of the four endpapers is a different watercolour floral arrangement. The double title page has a woman sitting at the water’s edge with a rose in her hand and white iris in front of her. Other illustrations of flowers, animals, and boats are all done in delicate watercolours. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


Waterloo 1815
Gordon Murray, ed.
Contribution by Lord Byron, Captain Gronow, and Thomas Hardy

Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1986. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). (19)pp. Limited edition of 50, signed by Gordon Murray. Three accounts of the battle are printed, with reproductions of wood-engraved illustrations. Illustrations, pictorial initials, and endpapers are hand-coloured by Gordon Murray. Bound in full blue fabric with a hand-embroidered military drum on the front. In a glassine dust jacket and a black slip-case with a printed label. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


 

The Making of Man: From Atlanta
Algernon Swinburne
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1986. 2 7/16" x 1 15/16" (62 mm x 49 mm). (18)pp. Limited edition of 50, signed by Gordon Murray, dated V 1986. One illustration. Each of the 50 copies is illustrated in a different manner. Bound in full blue-grey cloth with a circle inset of needlepoint, in red on a tan background, covered with a glassine jacket. In a black slip-case with a printed label. Each page has a different marbling pattern and design, with the text lettered and pasted on. The initials are hand-coloured. This is an exquisite book. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


Splendour of Life. A Miscellany
Gordon Murray, ed.
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1986. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). (24)pp. Limited edition of 50, numbered and signed by Gordon Murray, artist and designer. Contains four pictorial watercolour title pages, and the endpapers show panoramic watercolour landscapes. There are four hand-coloured initials. Text includes “Adlestrop”, a poem by Edward Thomas (1878-1917); “Four Ducks on a Pond”, a poem by William Allingham (1824-1889); and the “Gem-like Flame”, an excerpt from Walter Pater. Bound in full light blue cloth with red and black cross-stitched butterfly on the front. Glassine dust jacket. In a black slip-case with a printed label. A very beautiful book. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


 

Sonnets Five
William Shakespeare  1564-1616
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1985. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). Limited edition of 50, numbered and signed by Gordon Murray, designer, maker, and publisher. Bound in full old rose cloth with a needle-point panel of rose flowers and green leaves on an ecru background. Watercoloured end papers: at the front a cottage and figures; at the back a river with a boat and trees. There are six watercolour panels mounted exquisitely at the beginning of each sonnet, and ten smaller panels beautifully done. This is a unique book. Glassine dust jacket. In a black slipcase with printed label. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Three Kings

Silver Thimble books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1985. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). (11)pp. Limited edition of 50, numbered and signed by Gordon Murray, designer, maker, and publisher.

Bound in full brown cloth cover with an inset rectangle of black velvet on which a stylized star is embroidered in silver thread. With hand-coloured illuminated initials on each page. Four exquisite original watercolours of ornamental Easter eggs decorate the endpapers (see example left). Glassine dust jacket. In a black slip case with a paper label bearing title and author. A very beautiful book. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


The Pied Piper
Abraham Elder
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1985. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). (34)pp. Limited edition of 50, numbered and signed by Gordon Murray, artist, designer and publisher. Hand-bound in full olive-orange gradient cloth with oval-cut watercolour label depicting the Pied Piper. Three hand-coloured illustrations. Glassine dust jacket. Decorative watercolour endpapers inspired by the Pied Piper's multi-coloured diamond patterned cape. Page margins embellished in turquoise watercolour. In a black slipcase with a printed paper label. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


 

The Selfish Giant (1888)
Oscar Wilde
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1985. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). (38)pp. Limited edition of 50 signed by Gordon Murray, artist, designer, and publisher. Hand-bound in full blue cloth with a cut-out pictorial hand-coloured paper label. Glassine dust jacket. In a black slip case with an uncoloured paper label. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


The Hole
Gordon Murray
Silver Thimble books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1985. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). (40)pp. Story originally produced by Gordon Murray as a Gublin puppet film, Obadiah and Flo (1978). Limited edition of 50, numbered and signed by Gordon Murray, artist, designer, and publisher.

Gordon Murray's miniature book, The Hole, 1978
The Hole, for which Gordon Murray was designer, artist, and publisher,
has the same plot as Gordon's stop-motion Gublin puppet film,
Obadiah and Flo, 1978. This miniature book measures a mere
2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm) and has 40 pages.

 

 

 

 

Five hand-coloured illustrations and numerous hand-coloured pictorial initials (see picture, left). Hand-bound in full rose coloured cloth with hand-coloured paper label on the front bearing title, author, an illustration. Glassine dust jacket. In black slipcase with paper label bearing title, author, and an illustration identical to that on the cover, but uncoloured. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.

 

The Saint and the Goblin
"Saki" (Hector Hugh Munro) 1870-1916
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1985. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). (36)pp. Edition of 150, numbered and signed by Gordon Murray, designer and publisher. Six hand-coloured illustrations. Hand-bound in full green cloth with a hand-coloured pictorial paper label on the front. In a black slip case. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


The Princess
Archibald Marshall
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1985. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). (40)pp. Limited edition of 150 signed by Gordon Murray, designer and publisher. Printed by Bondestat, Eastbourne. Hand-bound in full brown cloth with a hand-coloured illustrated label on front. In a black slipcase. One hand-coloured illustration, illuminated initials. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Kenneth Grahame
An excerpt from The Wind in the Willows.
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1985. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). (48)pp. Limited edition of 500 signed by Gordon Murray, designer and publisher. Five hand-coloured illustrations. Bound in full blue cloth, hand-coloured pictorial paper label on front. In a black slipcase. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


 

 A Christmas Drive
Charles Dickens
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, 1984. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). Limited edition of 500 signed by Gordon Murray, designer and publisher. Printed by Bondestat Printers, Eastbourne. Bound in full rose cloth with a hand-coloured paper label. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


 

Winkle on Ice
Charles Dickens
From Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, 1984. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). Limited edition of 500 signed by Gordon Murray, designer and publisher. Printed by Bondestat Printers, Eastbourne. Hand-coloured illustrations. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


 

Pig and Pepper
Lewis Carroll
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1984. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). (44)pp. Limited edition of 150 signed by Gordon Murray, designer and publisher. Bound and coloured by hand. Illustrations after John Tenniel. Printed by Bondestat Printers, Eastbourne. Hand-coloured by Gordon Murray. Bound in full gold cloth with paper label bearing title, author, and hand-coloured illustration. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


Advice from a Caterpillar
Lewis Carroll
From Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1983. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). (48)pp. Limited edition of 150 signed by Gordon Murray, designer and publisher. Bound and coloured by hand. Text inscribed by Gordon Murray. Illustrations after John Tenniel. Bondestat Printers, Eastbourne . Illustrations hand-coloured. Bound in full orange cloth with hand-coloured illustrated paper label. A copy is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


 

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Lewis Carroll
From Through the Looking Glass.
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1983. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). (44)pp. Limited edition of 150 signed by Gordon Murray, designer and publisher. Bound and coloured by hand. Copy #6 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


 

Christmas Day in the Workhouse
George R. Sims
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, 1983. 2 1/8" x 1 3/8" (54 mm x 35 mm). From The Dagonet and Other Poems, (1903). Limited edition of 500 signed by Gordon Murray, designer and publisher.  Printed by Bondestat Printers, Eastbourne. Bound in full blue-green narrow corduroy. Hand-coloured paper label on front. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


 

A Nightingale in the Sycamore
Gordon Murray, ed.
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill, 1983. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). (44)pp. Limited edition of 500 signed by Gordon Murray, designer and publisher. Benevolent verse chosen and inscribed by Gordon Murray. Contributions by R. L. Stevenson, Richard Corbet, Edward Thomas, John Fletcher, Ben Johnson, Robert Merrick, Samuel Rogers, Wm. Shakespeare, and Robert Browning. Black and white line illustrations. Bound in full gray-blue floral cloth with white pattern with a label bearing title. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


A Van Called Alice
Gordon Murray
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, 1983. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). (40)pp. Limited edition of 500. Inscribed text and 13 black and white line illustrations by Gordon Murray, designer and publisher. Bound in full dark rose cloth, with paper label bearing title, author, and hand-coloured illustration on front cover. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


Harrods 1884 ‘The Baron’
The Chelsea Herald
From The Chelsea Herald (30 August 1884).
East Sussex, England. Silver Thimble Books, 1983. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). (40)pp. Limited edition of 500. Text inscribed by Gordon Murray, designer and publisher. Nine black and white line illustrations. Bound in full olive green cloth, with paper label bearing title and hand-coloured illustration on front cover. A copy is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


 

Covent Garden Market
Henry Mayhew
From London Labour and the London Poor, (1851).
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1983. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm).  Limited edition of 500. Published by Gordon Murray, who is also the designer. Bound in full green cloth. Two illustrations plus one on back endpaper. Label plus coloured basket of apples on front cover. The copy held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection (University of Iowa Libraries, USA) is inscribed “To Charlotte Smith with best wishes, Gordon Murray.”


A London Morning
Charles Dickens
From Sketches by Boz, (1835).
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, 1983. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). Limited edition of 500. Text inscribed by Gordon Murray, designer and publisher. Two illustrations (uncoloured ). Bound in full turquoise cloth with hand-coloured illustrated paper label. Copy #1 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


 

The Raven
Edgar Allen Poe
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1982. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). (21)pp. Edition of 500, plus reprints. Signed by Gordon Murray, designer and publisher. Three black and white line illustrations. Bound in full maroon corduroy with printed paper label on front. A copy is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


 

A Christmas Tree
Charles Dickens
Abridged from Household Words, (1850).
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1982. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). Edition of 500, plus reprints. Gordon Murray designer and publisher. Bound in full patterned holly berry cloth with label on front. A copy is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.


One Dancing Princess
Gordon Murray
Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill, England, 1982. 2 1/8" x 1 11/16" (54 mm x 43 mm). Limited edition of 500. Signed by Gordon Murray, designer and publisher. Two line-drawing illustrations. A charming fairy tale told in light verse. Bound in full floral-patterned coloured cloth, with printed paper label on front. Copy #319 is held in the Charlotte M. Smith Collection, University of Iowa, USA.