Lady Astor 100 Statue Campaign

Nancy Astor inspires new range of jewellery in Plymouth

Alexis Bowater has teamed up with Drakes Jewellers to create a commemorative jewellery collection for the unveiling of the Nancy Astor Statue on Plymouth Hoe
Alexis Bowater has teamed up with Drakes Jewellers to create a commemorative jewellery collection for the unveiling of the Nancy Astor Statue on Plymouth Hoe

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Drakes Jewellers is making a series of pieces to mark the anniversary of Lady Nancy Astor becoming the first female MP to sit in the House of Commons.

A diamond necklace presented to the City of Plymouth has inspired a new range of jewellery marking the 100th anniversary of Nancy, Lady Astor, being elected as an MP.

Nancy came from a humble background in America, but grew up to become a Viscountess when she married Waldorf Astor. She went on to make history as the first female MP to sit in the House of Commons.

Nancy was elected to Parliament for Plymouth Sutton in November 1919. The result was announced on November 28, 1919.

On November 28 this year a statue of Lady Astor will be unveiled on Plymouth Hoe – a day that coincides with the American Thanksgiving Day and the launch of the city’s Mayflower 400 celebrations.

An appeal launched by Plymouth Women in Business Networking – led by journalist Alexis Bowater – raised £131,000 in three months for the bronze, made by sculptor Hayley Gibbs.

Nancy Astor remained as an MP until July 1945, and in 1959, a few years before her death, gave her diamond and sapphire necklace and earrings to the city. The necklace is made up of a series of links each showing a dogwood flower, the state flower of her home of Virginia.

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