Extraordinary Women - 2018

About the Exhibition

This year, to mark the centenary of when women first gained the right to vote, The Friends and St Nicholas Churchyard (in conjunction with St Nicholas Church) and will be hosting an exhibition and series of events in September (Open House London and Heritage Open Days) celebrating the lives of some of the Extraordinary Women who are connected with St Nicholas. The story will stretch from the glorious revolution of the 17th century to the genderquake of the 21st century, from court beauties to the first woman Bishop of London.

The Extraordinary Women

There are 7 main stories to be told.

  • Alice Stewart - 15th Century Feme Sole - she was a peasant woman who lived through the period of the Wars of the Roses and the start of the Tudor dynasty.  She left a will.  And she allows us to link her to the medieval piscina in the Lady Chapel.  This is the oldest surviving relic of the medieval church.
  • Sarah Glover - the first wife of the man who took the first printing press to America. 
  • Dorothy Brownlow and Ann Brett - These are the daughters of the Lord of the Manor and their contrasting stories allow us to look at attitudes towards sex and the role of women which resonate with modern concerns over domestic abuse.
  • Cecil Talbot - She was the wife of the man who provided the advice in 1727 that slavery was legal in England.
  • Women at war - the lives of women in the wars of the 20th century
  • The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Dame Sarah Mullally (former Rector of Sutton and first woman Bishop of London).

Illustrated Talks

The exhibition will be supported by a series of short 30 minute illustrated talks on the theme of Extraordinary Women.  These all start at 1 pm.

  • 6th - Cllr Ruth Dombey - 100 years on
  • 7th - Clare Parish - Girl Guiding Rocks
  • 8th - Alice Brown - Sutton Community Farm
  • 13th - Janice Clarke - Mary Sumner
  • 14th - Veronica Williams - Claudia Jones
  • 15th - Abby Matthews - Women in the Frame
  • 22nd - Olwen Stewart - Helen Bamber