Meet the Women of Sutton House

Three iconic women of Sutton House

Meet the law-changing, the bold, the revolutionary, the progressive, the anarchic and the ordinary, in this exhibition to celebrate the centenary of women first gaining the vote.

As part of the National Trust’s Women and Power programme, we have uncovered stories of some of the remarkable women who have lived in, or left their mark at Sutton House over its rich and varied history.

Meet Mary Beale, whose paintings hang in the Great Chamber, who was one of the most prolific women painters of the late 17th century. Learn about the Tudor women who served in the house when it was called Bryk Place.

From Huguenots to school teachers and anarcho-punk squatters; from a humble laundress who married the richest commoner in England to a Tudor woman who led men with swords and halberds to occupy the house. Sutton House boasts a diverse and surprising history of incredible women. You can discover these stories and more throughout the house, featuring artworks inspired by our collection of Victorian silhouettes.

The exhibition was researched and written by Community Learning Manager, with help from our research volunteer Jean Colson.