Women of Croft Castle: Fashion, power and status

Portrait of The Hon. Nancy Beatrice Borwick, Lady Croft (1884-1949) by Philip Alexius de László de Lombos

Uncover the fascinating stories behind five powerful women, separated by time, but drawn together through the history of Croft.

Elizabeth Cowper

Elizabeth Cowper, Lady Croft, had her portrait painted when she visited the affluent city of Bath in 1761, after she had married Sir Archer Croft, 3rd Bt in 1759. During the same year Elizabeth also had her portrait painted by Joshua Reynolds, a most sought after artist for the high society.

The Blue Room at Croft, where you can see the portrait of Elizabeth Cowper
View from the Oak Room door into the Blue Room, and on into the the Drawing Room and Library at Croft Castle

Princess Charlotte

Princess Charlotte was the only child of George IV and was married to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Colburg-Saarfeld. On November 5 1817 after an agonising labour, Charlotte died and her son who would have been King was still-born. Sir Richard Croft, 6th Bt was her attending physician and blamed himself so much for her death that he took his own life.

Bust of Princess Charlotte, daughter of George IV, in the Library Ante-Room at Croft Castle
Bust of Princess Charlotte, daughter of George IV in the Library Ante-Room at Croft Castle, & reflected in one of the pier glass mirrors

Katherine Parr

Katherine Parr, Lady Croft, was painted here by Sir William Samuel Henry Llewellyn. Katherine was the second wife of Sir Herbert Croft who died at Gallipoli. Katherine was instrumental in buying back the Croft’s ancestral home in the 1930's.

Portrait of Katherine Parr, Lady Croft, by Sir William Samuel Henry Llewellyn
Portrait of Katherine Parr, Lady Croft, by Sir William Samuel Henry Llewellyn

Nancy Croft

Nancy Croft and her husband Henry, 1st Lord Croft, were both painted by the leading society portraitist Philip de Lazlo. Nancy had her portrait done in 1924 and five years later a portrait of her husband was completed.

Portrait of The Hon. Nancy Beatrice Borwick, Lady Croft (1884-1949) by Philip Alexius de László de Lombos
Portrait of The Hon. Nancy Beatrice Borwick, Lady Croft (1884-1949) by Philip Alexius de László de Lombos

Elinor Croft

Elinor and her brother James, along with their mother Katherine, were the Crofts who bought back the castle and returned to their ancestral home in the 1930’s. In the saloon you can find out more about Elinor’s amazing honeymoon.

Visit us to find out more about these fascinating women and the parts they played in Croft's thousand year history.