Category Archives: Reigate Local History

Lady Henry Somerset-inspired short historical romance in My Weekly magazine

Researching and writing the amazing life and work of Lady Henry Somerset has inspired me to do many things – not least of which was writing a short story entitled “Love Amongst the Lavender”, which has been published this week … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LADY HENRY SOMERSET AND FRANCES WILLARD, FRIENDS ACROSS THE OCEAN

One of the most rewarding aspects of researching the life and work of Lady Henry Somerset has been making contact with academics and researchers on the other side of the world. This summer it has been my great pleasure to … Continue reading

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Lady Henry Somerset and Frances Willard and their relief work during the Armenian crisis of the 1890s

Lady Henry Somerset (standing) and Frances Willard Lady Henry Somerset and Frances Willard, the American temperance leader, had much in common – including a poor taste in hats, it would seem from this old photograph. The 2 women did not … Continue reading

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TODAY’S PROBLEMS WITH DRINK AND DRUG ABUSE ARE NOT NEW

With the recent death of Amy Winehouse and the acknowledgement (somewhat belatedly) that liver problems amongst the 20 and 30 year olds are on the increase, we must ask ourselves whether society has really learnt anything over the last 120 … Continue reading

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Review of A Talent for Humanity and Duxhurst – Surrey’s Lost Village

Received from Suzanne Harrison, Reigate: “I read Ros Black’s book and was as intrigued as the author about the incredible life of Lady Henry Somerset and the village she created for women with alcohol problems, and disadvantaged children. Her book … Continue reading

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Lady Henry Somerset and St Rita, patron of the impossibles

Figure of St Rita from Lady Henry Somerset’s Duxhurst Cottage Amongst all the religious imagery Lady Henry Somerset had in The Cottage, her home in the Duxhurst village, was a small figure of St Rita – very appropriately the Patron … Continue reading

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Talks and book signings

I really enjoy giving talks to local groups and sharing my enthusiasm for local history and of course the wonderful story of Lady Henry Somerset. I often pick up new pieces of information from those attending. For instance, when I … Continue reading

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SPECIAL SERVICE AT DUXHURST, CELEBRATING WORK OF LADY HENRY SOMERSET

People gather for the special Duxhurst service On Sunday 18th June, 2011 local residents and members of Emmanuel Church, Sidlow gathered on the site of the old church of St Mary and the Angels, at Duxhurst, Surrey. The service was … Continue reading

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LADY HENRY SOMERSET AND REIGATE HEATH GOLF CLUB

It was a great pleasure on Thursday 7th July to give a talk at Reigate Heath Golf Club as part of the 2011 Reigate Heath Exhibition. 5th tee at reigate Heath Golf Course It was in 1895 that Lady Henry … Continue reading

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