New Year Greetings

Michael in Wales spurred on some long-put-off updates on this site. So a BIG thank you, to him, for continuing to add to The Ladies of Llangollen.

Most years of A Plas Newydd Timeline have experienced some addition(s). The link will bring you to the main page; use the navigation along the top, to access the “years” — which now has a new page added: 1830s & Beyond.

1899-18384Michael pulled information from a book I found long ago and never did much with: The Early Married Life of Maria Josepha Lady Stanley. Yet, again, I find that books which were once found on now have “late” reprint dates and are often inaccessible. For me, this book was one of the first that, seen in person at a library, I was thrilled to find online! So, now things come around: 8 or 9 years ago (!!) you could find certain books online which are now vanishing.

A favorite site, if less easily searched, is – which seems to KEEP books once they have them. It’s there that you will find the two books which cover Lady Stanley’s girlhood and marriage.

Enough comments were pulled that I’ve created a “visitors” page for the family, though comments are usually from Lady Stanley (with one exception).

Best Wishes to ALL READERS for 2015!

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NB: _I_ still experience problems with the search – using Chrome (rather forced into it by WordPress NOT working properly in IE) the original “search,” part of the “theme” (ie, I cannot delete it), doesn’t work. Thus the TWO search windows. One or the other should work for you.


Happy September!

Have been doing a little housekeeping, catching up on the “visitors” to Llangollen. So check out some new entries for the PLAS NEWYDD TIMELINE during the years:

The weather is lovely, the walks of Llangollen beckon… Come, join the Ladies!

Plas Newydd grounds with figures

Later Years of the Ladies of Llangollen

Steps in Plas Newydd groundsA Plas Newydd Timeline continues with the last years that sees Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby together, through the year of 1828.

Both Ladies are in frail health, though — as we see in the Walter Scott extracts, still seeking the visits of the famous, especially a writer of Scott’s renown.

What strikes me most in this group of entries are the visits by people unknown to them, who never actually get to meet them; travellers like Eliza Spurrett and Ann Atherton.

Atherton’s entry is exceptionally interesting — not the least for its illegible words at crucial moments! Here is a woman who sought permission, as she tells readers straightaway; yet it is the gardener who showed Atherton and her companion around the Plas Newydd gardens. Adding: “the Ladies are very liberal in allowing you to pass close to all their windows,” Atherton allows present-day readers the opportunity to glimpse over her shoulders as she walks and gawks.

Entries then beg the question that if the likes of Lady Crewe could only visit the exterior, who was little Eleanor Bagot (aged 12) that she should breakfast with the Ladies?! A true slice of life.

By 1827, as Judith Beecroft informs, the Ladies were declining to “see strangers”.

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