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What about the women of Stowe? Talk with Dr Amy Boyington

Join us as last year's winner of the George Clarke Prize, Dr Amy Boyington, presents her fascinating research on the Women at Stowe.

Stowe has long been celebrated for its pioneering gardens and its remarkable house, but it has been made even more famous by the illustrious names attached to it. The patrons and architects that created Stowe, such as Viscount Cobham, Earl Temple, Sir John Vanbrugh, William Kent, James Gibbs, Charles Bridgeman, and Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, have all added to the lustre of this amazing country house. But what about the women?

There are several influential women associated with eighteenth-century Stowe whose stories have long been overshadowed by their male relatives. For example, it is astonishing that so little is known about Anne, Viscountess Cobham, née Halsey (d.1760), especially as her substantial dowry enabled Lord Cobham to transform Stowe. And what about Anna, Lady Temple, née Chambers (1709?-1777), the wife of Earl Temple? She reputedly brought £50,000 to her marriage, thereby allowing Stowe to undergo a further transformation. She was also a published poet, and yet very little is known about her life. Finally, what about Lady Mary Elizabeth Nugent (1758-1812), the wife of George Grenville, Marquess of Buckingham? She is generally completely forgotten, and yet she was a talented artist and an active philanthropist both in the local Stowe area and elsewhere.

This talk aims to throw some much-needed light upon these women, focusing particularly on the lives of Anna, Countess Temple and her successor Mary, Marchioness of Buckingham. It seeks to highlight how they experienced and enjoyed Stowe, and whether they left a lasting legacy upon the estate.


Dr Amy Boyington is a historian, author and broadcaster. Through her work, publications and social media (@history_with_amy) she is committed to bringing history to life in an engaging and exciting way.
6-8pm. Drinks and light refreshments are included.
Free of charge event.
Stowe House, Buckingham , Buckinghamshire MK18 5EH
Thu 9 May
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