Crockford, Jill

She was born Joanna Jill Crockford in England in 1927. She knew she wanted to be an artist from a very early age and pursued her passion tirelessly.

She married and settled in Barbados in 1956, and has written several books about her life there under her married name, Jill Walker.
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Detective Worzel Gummidge, 1st edn 1963 (Barbara Euphan Todd)Here we have the dustjacket for the final title in the series about our favourite scarecrow, issued by Evans Brothers. More stories followed later when Worzel Gummidge featured in a television series, but these weren't written by Barbara Todd.

Jacket illustration by Jill Crockford.

ReproJacket #20-A-1, size 189.6x470mm.
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Earthy Mangold and Worzel Gummidge, 1st edn 1954 (Barbara Euphan Todd)The sixth book about Worzel Gummidge was published by Hollis & Carter in 1954, and provides the back story of the various characters.

The back panel of the jacket is still listing Worzel Gummidge and the Saucy Nancy, although a similar list inside the book itself correctly omits the definite article.

The jacket artwork by Jill Crockford is well executed but the odd choice of colours makes it appear slightly unfinished.

ReproJacket #131-A-1, size 189.1x437mm.
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Earthy Mangold and Worzel Gummidge, 2nd edn 1957 (Barbara Euphan Todd)The sixth book about Worzel Gummidge was first published by Hollis and Carter in 1954. Here we have the jacket for the second edition from Evans Brothers in 1957.

Jacket illustration by Jill Crockford.

ReproJacket #70-A-1, size 189.3x463mm.
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Worzel Gummidge Again, 3rd edn 1959 (Barbara Euphan Todd)This new edition retains the internal illustrations by Will Nickless carried over from the Hollis & Carter 2nd edition of 1946, but with a new dustjacket by Jill Crockford.

Jacket illustration by Jill Crockford.

ReproJacket #152-A-1, size 187.9x485mm.
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Worzel Gummidge Again, 3rd edn 1963 (2nd printing) (Barbara Euphan Todd)The height has shrunk by 1mm and the flaps are narrower; the back panel content is extended and is now in a sans serif typeface.

The author's quote about attending agricultural shows to judge scarecrow competitions has been subtly amended: A few years ago has become Some time ago.

Jacket illustration by Jill Crockford.

ReproJacket #152-B-1, size 186.9x471mm.
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Worzel Gummidge and the Railway Scarecrows, 1st edn 1955 (Barbara Euphan Todd)We have a new character, Mildew Turmut (spelt Turmit on the front flap, unfortunately) who scares trains. The title was reprinted the following year using the same jacket with "2nd Impression" overprinted above the code at the foot of the front flap and the price clipped.

Jacket illustration by Jill Crockford.

ReproJacket #95-A-1, size 189.6x501mm.