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Jill’s Gymkhana - Character List

By Hazelhunter

In order of appearance




Jill Crewe - main protagonist and narrator of the Jill series

Mummy - Catherine Crewe; Jill’s Mother

Daddy - first name not given; died in West Africa from fever whilst on business

Farmer Clay -  seller of Black Boy to Jill. Had taken Black Boy as a payment for a bad debt.

Susan Pyke - Jill’s primary riding adversary

Martin Lowe - ex-RAF serviceman and Jill’s first voluntary riding instructor.

Miss Grange Dudley - Jill’s Headmistress

Marguerite - a sixth form girl who takes Jill to her first class

Miss Wright - Jill’s form mistress

Mr and Mrs Lowe - Martin’s parents

Ann Derry - Jill’s best friend

Marjorie Miles - a school acquaintance of Jill

Diana Bush - a friend of Jill

Mrs (and presumably Mr Derry) - Ann’s parents

Pam Derry - Ann’s younger sister

Brenda Derry - Ann’s youngest sister

Doctor Brown - the Derry’s doctor

Jennifer, Jane, Elizabeth and Angela - the small girls Jill escorts to school

Mrs Darcy - owner of the riding school and instructor

Mrs Harvey - a friend of Martin Lowe

(Miss) Eileen Harvey - daughter of Mrs Harvey and friend of Martin Lowe

Farmer Grimes - hay-cutter of Pool Cottage’s orchard before the Crewes arrived

Tom Jarvis - childhood friend of Martin’s who lived at Pool Cottage

Joy Allison - a sixth form girl

Cecilia - Jill’s cousin

Olive and Dorothy - Jill’s aunts

Mr Blankett - the local blacksmith

Maria Marten - one of the Crewe’s hens

Mr Price - the local cobbler

Miss Acheson - bring and buy sale contributor

Mrs Newton - bring and buy sale contributor

Mrs Sullivan’s chauffeur - bring and buy sale contributor

Mr and Mrs Cave - keepers of Applegate farm

Mrs Mason - friend of Mrs Harvey

Gail Dunham - friend of Eileen Harvey

Jean Graham - Eileen’s 15 year old cousin

Peta Graham - Eileen’s 13 year old cousin

Angela  - Mrs Darcy’s girl groom

Sheila - Mrs Darcy’s young girl groom

Mrs Pyke - Susan’s mother

Valeria Horrington Hobday Heath - Jill’s friend – known as Val Heath

Jacqueline Horrington Hobday Heath - Jill’s friend – known as Jack Heath

Aunt Primrose - Jill’s aunt and Cecilia’s mother

Uncle Henry - Catherine’s brother and Jill’s uncle

Pierce and Mary Lowe - Martin’s cousins – twins of 16

Miss Greaves - Jill’s geometry teacher

Bob - Martin’s ‘man’ (valet)

Maureen Chase - gymkhana competitor

Peach Morrison -gymkhana competitor

Frank Stabley - gymkhana competitor

Major Parkinson - gymkhana judge

Tom Jobling  - gymkhana competitor

Markham - gymkhana competitor and keeper of hunters

Peters - gymkhana competitor

Michael Grant - gymkhana competitor

Lloyd - gymkhana competitor

Lord Hopley - patron of the Hopley Challenge Cup

Mr Stabley - Frank’s father


Un-named Characters

The Milkman

The Postman

Mr Derry’s groom

Jennifer’s mother

Girl in the hospital

Jill’s G=godmother

The Lowe’s groom

The elderly owner of Bingo


The Horses

Black Boy - Jill’s pony, first referred to by Jill as Blackie; also known in later editions as: Danny Boy, and Patchy

Dear Arab - pony first ridden by Susan Pyke in the series

Seraphine - Ann Derry’s pony

Silvio - one of the Lowe’s horses. Martin uses him to teach Jill to use ‘direction’

Bullet - Jean Graham’s pony

‘Old’ Bingo - the Suffolk Punch used to rescue Seraphine

Inez - temperamental mare belonging to Mrs Darcy

La Blonde - pony belonging to Susan Pyke

Jupiter - a hogged and docked pinkish roan, a replacement for La Blonde

Comet - Maureen Chase’s pony

Martha - a lean grey of Mrs Darcy’s


Characters in Catherine Crewe’s Books

The Elves of Discontent

Fairy Hopeful

Terry and his Grandmother from ‘The Little House of Smiles’

Winnie Wish too Much

The Fairy of little Duties Daily Done