To celebrate this year’s centenary of the Suffragette Movement our talk in June was about “Lady Constance Lytton & the Suffragette Movement”. Jill Campbell, an Archivist from Knebworth House told how this aristocratic lady, born in 1869, campaigned vigorously for women’s rights and how she suffered ill health as a result of being sent to prison on four times.
She never recovered from her ill treatment in prison, which included force feeding, and was nursed by her mother at Homewood House in Knebworth until 1923. She died that year aged 54 and so she did live to see some women get the right to vote in 1918. Constance was buried in the family mausoleum in the grounds of Knebworth House.