Category Archives: Reigate Priory

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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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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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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Duxhurst – Surrey’s Lost Village

Duxhurst – Surrey’s Lost Village I have been rather quiet recently on the blog because I have been writing my new book. I’m delighted to announce that Duxhurst – Surrey’s Lost Village is now with the printers and will be … Continue reading

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New DVD released re Reigate Priory

Although it was quite scary, it was also an honour last summer to be part of the making of a new DVD about Reigate Priory. Priory Park has recently been subject to a major renovation and improvement scheme, funded by … Continue reading

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The Mighty Rivers of Intemperance and Improvidence

On New Year’s Day 1889, in Hereford, Lady Henry Somerset was the first woman to be initiated into the Independent Order of the Rechabites. We have long since lost sight of the Rechabites but in the late 19th century, they … Continue reading

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Meet the pragmatic temperance leader

Lady Henry Somerset’s tenure as President of the British Women’s Temperance Association and Vice-President/President of the World Woman’s Christian temperance Union was frequently mired in controversy. One of the main reasons for this was that she was a pragmatist. She … Continue reading

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Talk at Reigate Priory Park Pavilion Tuesday 7th Sep 7pm

I am giving an illustrated talk about Lady Henry Somerset at Reigate Priory Park Pavilion on Tuesday 7th September at 7pm. The event is free but due to space constraints, please book your place by emailing PrioryPark@ reigate-banstead.gov.uk Come along … Continue reading

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