Influential women in the Midlands

Women have long played a huge part in the shaping of the history of the places in the Midlands. Here are just a few of the most influential.

Portrait of Mary Elizabeh Lucy at Charlecote Park in Warwickshire

Mistress of Charlecote Park 

Discover the story of Mary Elizabeth Lucy who came to Charlecote Park as a young bride and transformed the house and gardens into a Victorian masterpiece.

View over the mirror pool to the ceder trees

Kitty Lloyd-Jones at Upton House and Garden 

Learn about Kitty Lloyd Jones and how her arrival in the 1930s radically reshaped the garden.

Old photograph of Lady Labouchere

One Lady's legacy and love at Dudmaston 

Lady Labouchere remained focused on saving Dudmaston Estate even with a busy life led worldwide as a Diplomat's wife. We're continuing their vision for the house and gardens today.

View of Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, from the gatehouse

The story of Lady Arbella Stuart 

Lady Arbella Stuart could perhaps have been the queen of England had fate and politics not conspired against her.

Portait of Bess of Hardwick in older age

Introducing Bess of Hardwick 

The story of the influential Bess of Hardwick, one of the most powerful women in Elizabethan England

The bed in Duchess Evelyn's bedroom at Hardwick

Evelyn, the Last Lady of Hardwick 

The life of a duchess, her pioneering conservation works, her dedicated public life and private family life and the dramatic changes she made to the eastern landscape of Hardwick