The last surviving member of the Bloomsbury group, and long time resident of Ham, Frances Partridge, died in February aged 103. She was born in Bedford Square, London in March 1900,the youngest of five children, and was educated at Bedales and Newnham College, Cambridge, where she read English and Moral Sciences. On leaving Cambridge, she was employed at a bookshop near the British Museum run by Francis Birrell, and her sister's husband, David Garnett, and while working there met Vanessa Bell, Lytton Strachey, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry and other Bloomsburies. She often visited Ham, where Lytton Strachey, Dora Carrington and Ralph Partridge were living at Ham Spray House, and on the death of Strachey and Carrington in 1932,she married Ralph Partridge, and moved to Ham, where she lived until Ralph's death in 1960. Whilst there, she was heavily involved with her husband in editing the first complete version of the memoirs of Charles Greville, which were published in eight volumes in 1938. During the Second World War the Partridges were conscientious objectors, and after the war, Frances worked on the translation of French and Spanish literature. Ralph died in 1960,and Frances moved back to London.
In 1978 she published her first autobiographical work, A Pacifist's War, followed by Memories in 1981, Julia (a biography of her friend, Julia Strachey) in 1983,and two more collections of her diary writings, Everything to Lose in 1986 and Friends in Focus in 1987.