Frederick Gibbs: Royal tutor

Former Royal Botanic Gardens director Sir Ghillean Prance is appearing on Tonight’s Antiques Roadshow with the diaries of his ancestor Frederick Gibbs.

Frederick Gibbs was tutor to the Prince of Wales who became Edward VII.

In 1856 the Prince was brought to Bournemouth by Gibbs who had organised a walking tour for his teenage pupil. They stayed one night at the (now Royal) Bath Hotel before exploring the town and walking along the beach to Poole. The second night was spent there at The Antelope before going on to Swanage.

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