Thursday, 5 January 2012

Grey Lion & Blue Stocking

This splendid stone beast is one of a pair of lions at the entrance to Greys Court in Chapter House Street. This building claims to be the oldest continuously occupied house in Britain dating back in part to 1080.
Elizabeth Montagu (nee Robinson) was born here on Oct 2nd 1718. One of the richest women in England she became a founder member of the Blue Stockings Society in the early 1750s. This was an informal women’s social movement which encouraged education and mutual co-operation. You can read more about them here if you wish.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think the Vikings had even been to N America yet in 1080 let alone have brick buildings. I can't get over the age of things in your city!


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