The cold could be intense; after the house had finally passed to the National Trust in 1991 she said that she had never been warm in her life.
She was born Barbara Mitchell on September 26 1912, the daughter of Frank Mitchell, a Cornish schoolmaster.
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She liked to cite her own dictum: "Poverty is a great preservative."During her occupation, the house was open to the public; but security was primitive, and payment might be taken at the door by her husband, Alan Clutton-Brock, the former Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge.
For the last five years of her ownership, braving the risk of intruders, she lived entirely alone in the house, except for her cats, withdrawing to a few rooms on the ground floor and a single large upstairs bedroom.
focusing knobs - specimens are brought into focus simply by moving the tube holding the lens up or down, respectively.
For this reason, it is best used to investigate larger things in finer detail, rather than find something very small on a microscope slide.