This might help a little ...
Posted by Leanne S on July 07, 1998 at 12:05:09:
In response to The Ladies of Llangollen, written by Constanza on July 07, 1998 at 08:40:42
] I was wondering if any of you could enlarge upon the following information that in found in a brochure.
] In the early part of the 19th century the town of Llangollen was well-known for being the home of the Ladies of Llangollen, Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby. The romantic story of their elopement from their families in Ireland, their journey to Wales and their settling-up home at Plas Newydd, a cottage above the town where they lived together for almost 50 years, captured the imagination of Regency England.
] The couple became celebrated throughout the country, and were visited by many rational and literary figures of the day. Among the famous visitors to Plas Newydd was the Duke of Wellington (his visit is commemorated by a carving, of the Ladies initials and the date 1814 over the fireplace in the Oak Room), the Duke of Gloucester, William Wordsworth and Sir Walter Scott.
] The house where the Ladies made their home was originally an unpretentious small cottage when they moved there in 1780. Between 1798 and 1814 they embarked on the elaborate "gothicisation" of their home. The result is the projecting stained glass windows and the elaborately carved oak panels, many of which were donated by visiting friends. The process was continued by General Yorke, a subsequent owner.
They're bluestockings! At least according to the Bluestocking Archive, which I posted somewhere down below with the correct URL ... eventually!
- Bluestockings and fashions Constanza 08:57:09 7/08/98 (3)
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