Talland House - Overview
Talland House acted as a recurring theme throughout Virginia Woolf's life. Located on the outskirts of St Ives, Cornwall, it was originally rented by Virginia's father, Leslie Stephen, between 1881 and 1895.
'To the Lighthouse' as a whole, and 'Time Passes' in particular were inspired by Woolf's memories of childhood summer holidays spent at Talland House, a place she returned almost compulsively as an adult.
When Woolf's mother died suddenly in May 1895, her father could not bear to go back to Talland House, and new tenants took over the lease. The young Stephens returned ten years later, in August 1905, and when they saw the house lit up by other inhabitants, felt like 'ghosts' themselves.
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