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Influential Women

Celebrating 100 years of Votes for Women in Britain: 1918 to 2018.

In 1918, many women in Britain aged over 30 (re)gained the right to vote in elections. Ten years later in 1928, this was extended to all women (and men) aged over 21. In fact until the 1832 "Great Reform Act" abolished it, some wealthier women such as Mrs. Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe had previously had the right to vote: As well as banning many unsatisfactory electorial practices, this 1832 reform act had also restricted voting in future to only men.


Hemyock Castle – Six Influential Women

These webpages honour six of the influential women associated with Hemyock Castle. These Extraordinary Women associated with Hemyock Castle; Include Joanne Illery who successfully petitioned the courts & Parliament for years for compensation, after her husband was hanged by Royalists who besieged Hemyock Castle in 1643/44.

  1. Margaret Hidon / Hydon
  2. Lady Margaret Asthorpe
  3. Joan Illery
  4. Mrs. Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe
  5. Mrs. Prem
  6. Mrs. Phyllis Sheppard

These webpages were created as part of a special exhibition for Hemyock Castle's 2018 Heritage Open Day.

Heritage Open Days are part of European Heritage Days, a Council of Europe initiative. They are co-ordinated by The National Trust with funding by players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Hemyock Castle receives no funding, and makes no charge for entry on Heritage Open Days. We welcome donations to The Blackdown Support Group & Musgrove Leukaemic Group Somerset.



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