Celebrating Women and Power: Hidden Graces of Florence Court

Celebrating Women and Power: Hidden Graces of Florence Court

2018 marks 100 years since some women were granted the right to vote. To honour this milestone, the National Trust are highlighting stories and personalities from women’s history and the fight for female suffrage. At Florence Court, we are exploring the impact that the women of the house have had on the estate and further afield through an inspiring tour of the mansion.

At Florence Court, there have been many significant women in residence and we are telling their stories this year as part of our ‘Hidden Graces’ house tour. 

Florence of Florence Court

The fact that Florence Court itself was lovingly named after a woman, Florence Bourchier Wrey, is the perfect beginning to our tale. Florence, whose portrait hangs in the main hall and welcomes our visitors, was a Cornish heiress from a wealthy, well connected family. It is likely that her dowry when she married Sir John Cole allowed him to begin building his home, which he duly named after his much loved wife. From then on, we see generation after generation of strong women, each with their own interests and talents. 

Florence Wrey and Lady Charlotte Cole who both shaped Florence Court
Paintings of Florence Wrey and Lady Charlotte Cole
Florence Wrey and Lady Charlotte Cole who both shaped Florence Court

Another Florence, the daughter of the 1st Earl of Enniskillen, had a considerable talent for painting and architectural drawings. We will be showing some of her beautiful architectural drawings as part of the tour. Lady Jane Cole, the 3rd Countess, set up a lace making school to allow local women to learn a trade and gain an income of their own in the early 19th century. The last Countess, Nancy, was a noted New York Times journalist before her marriage to the 6th Earl. She was also a member of the United States Foreign Office, with postings in Egypt, Japan and Kenya, where she would meet and marry the 6th Earl of Enniskillen.

Experience this inspiring tour to uncover more stories and tales of the women throughout the years at Florence Court.

When is this 'Hidden Graces' house tour happening?

The stories of all these remarkable women, and the lasting marks they left on Florence Court will be uncovered in our ‘Hidden Graces’ tour, which will be running throughout the 2018 season when the house is open. Please check our mansion opening times before visiting. No booking beforehand is required.