Youth Hostel Pioneer

Jack Catchpool was the key figure, the central force, the driver, coordinator, and chief pioneer of youth hostels. Using all his enormous skills, a wide network of allies and supporters, and his simple faith as a Quaker, he spread the idea of youth hostels throughout England and Wales to the world.

This book looks to the early years of the Youth Hostels Association and the story of its foremost pioneer and shows how the concerns of YHA at is start are still relevant to us and youth hostels today. With a foreword by James Blake, YHA Chief Executive.

The book is based on extensive research in original papers at the Library of the Religious Society of Friends and in the YHA archive at the Cadbury Research Library and in papers never seen before in the library of the University of Lancaster.

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