Rose Bed near the Lily Pond

NB We shall be putting photos of the roses in flower in 2019 so they can be recognised.

Becky of Becky’s Blog has donated 5 Roses from Messrs Cants in Colchester

These are 2 Peau Douce (Pale yellow), 1 Colchester Beauty (pink) and 1 Susan (Creamy white) and I Nina (Scarlet)

The Trefoil Guild have donated 3 Trefoil roses (Red floribundas) as an addition to those already in the bed.

The Women’s Institute have donated a Centenary Rose to commemorate their 100th birthday.

David Austin Roses via Wyvale have donated a number of roses among them Princess Ann and Queen of Sweden.

In February 2019, 3 Standard roses from Cants of Colchester – Super Fairy, Alberick Barbier and Your Beautiful

On 30th November 2018 Councillor Vanessa Santomauro planted the 2 standard roses and fuchias to commemorate the centenary of the founding of WSPU

Suffragettes

‘Purple for dignity, white for purity and green for hope’

On Friday 30th November 2018, the Chairman of Braintree District Council Cllr Vanessa Santomauro planted the ‘Nostalgia’ roses and fuchsias to mark the 100 years since the formation of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) campaign later renamed to the ‘Suffragettes’ after a newspaper article coined the term.

 

Members of the organisation fought hard for women’s suffrage and the right to vote in public elections.   The Suffragettes heckled politicians, tried to storm parliament, chained themselves to railings and even set fire to post-boxes and empty buildings. Unfortunately they became victims to sexual assaults, were attacked and also force-fed in prison due to their hunger strikes – but that didn’t stop them fighting for their rights.

 

Braintree is home to its very own Suffragette – Catharine Courtauld who was secretary of the North-West branch of the NUWSS Suffrage society, she was also a parish councillor in the 1890’s and joined Essex County Council in 1919.

 

Throughout 2018 a number of events have taken place all over the Country and in particular the ‘Suffrage Pioneers’ has been set up to identify and celebrate the lives of 100 women and supportive men who were active in the campaign for votes. Further information can be found at www.suffrage-pioneers.net

Throughout 2018 a number of events have taken place all over the Country and in particular the ‘Suffrage Pioneers’ has been set up to identify and celebrate the lives of 100 women and supportive men who were active in the campaign for votes. Further information can be found at www.suffrage-pioneers.net

 


Catherine Courtauld CuttySark
Catharine Dowman nee Courtauld, seen at the age of 90, at the wheel of the Cutty Sark after she was brought to Greenwich by the National Maritime Museum. Catharine was the daughter of Sydney and Lucy Courtauld who gave the Public Gardens to the town in 1888. She was an artist, sculptor and suffragette. She designed some of the posters and banners the movement used in their struggle to achieve votes for women. She and her husband Wilfred Dowman bought the hulk of Cutty Sark when on her way to Portugal to be broken up. Having restored her as a training ship, she was instrumental in having her preserved for the Nation at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.

The Box Hedge surrounding the Bed

The Box hedge surrounding the Rose Bed was planted in February 2019 in memory of Margaret Mary Harrington – a life long resident of Braintree & Bocking and visitor to these Gardens,  with funds donated at her funeral. To read more about Margaret Mary Harrington Click here

 


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