Talks in 2012

I enjoy giving talks about Lady Henry Somerset and her work, so if you belong to a group which is looking for speakers, please get in touch.

Some forthcoming talks include:

Saturday 25th February 2.30pm at Reigate Priory Museum Society, Reigate Priory, Bell Street, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7RL Non-members welcome. Entry just £2 on the door.

Friday 13th April 2pm at Reigate & Redhill U3A

On Thursday 19th April I am one of the speakers at a study day at Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury. The day is organised by the Herefordshire Victoria County History Trust, by kind permission of James Hervey-Bathurst.

Eastnor Castle, home of Lady henry Somerset for many years

Tickets for the day can be obtained from David Whitehead cost £25 to include coffee and a light lunch.


9.15 – 9.30 a.m.        Arrival (Park cars in the Castle courtyard)

9.30 -9.35 a.m.          Welcome by James Hervey-Bathurst

9.35 – 10.20                Janet Cooper, ‘Eastnor before the Castle’

10.20 – 11.05             Sylvia Pinches, ‘Working the Land: Eastnor Farms and Farmsteads’

11.05 – 11.30             Coffee

11.30 – 12.15             David Lovelace, ‘Parkland and Woods of the Eastnor Estate’

12.15 – 1.00 p.m.      Robin Whittaker, ‘Worcestershire History in the Eastnor Archive: A

                                     Listing Project’          

1.00 – 1.45                Lunch             

1.45 – 2.30                 David Whitehead, ‘Grandeur without Arrogance: the Building of                                                                                                        Eastnor Castle 1812-24’                           

2.30 – 3.15                 Ruth Butler, ‘George Frederick Watts (1817-1904) and the Eastnor                                                                                                 Connexion’

3.15 – 4.00                 Ros Black, ‘Lady Henry Somerset: a Woman ahead of her Time’

This promises to be a fascinating day and an excellent chance to learn more about Eastnor village and castle as well as the work of the Victoria County History project.

Tuesday 7th July Dorking Local History group 7.30 at Friends Meeting House, Dorking. Non-members welcome. This talk will focus on the lost village of Duxhurst.

About rosblack

I am a freelance writer & author of 4 social history books, featuring female social reformers of the late 19th and early 20th century. In a previous life I managed a housing charity. I also give talks.
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4 Responses to Talks in 2012

  1. Trevor Davies( researching Dudley Gordon Davies born 1926) says:

    Hi do you know if there records to trace my fathers time at Duxhurst,he was taken there as an illegitamate child? Thanks Trevor

    • rosblack says:

      Hi Trevor

      Sadly I have been unable to trace any records for the children or indeed adults cared for at Duxhurst other than census records or personal accounts.

      I have checked all my notes but have not come across your father’s name. I would be interested to know what details you have eg did he go there as a baby? How long did he stay?.

      Please email me at if you have any further background information.

      At the time of your father’s birth, Duxhurst was being managed by Miss Gertrude Cass and then she passed it over to Holy Family Homes, an Anglo Catholic Association.
      There are more details in my book, Duxhurst – Surrey’s Lost Village, as you may have already seen.

      Good luck with your research.

  2. Brenda says:

    Hello I organise Speakers for W I near Esher. We meet first Thursday of month 7.30 for 8.00 pm speaker usually about 45 mins. What would your fee be we are planning next years diary when hopefully all of present crisis will be ober

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