Talk:The Little Jewess - Frances Braham at Strawberry Hill House

Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill

Talk, Wed 29 Sep 2021

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268 Waldegrave Road,
Strawberry Hill,

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To celebrate European Jewish Days of Culture, Nino Strachey will share personal reflections on the life of her relation Frances Braham (1821-1879). The daughter of an internationally famous Jewish opera singer, Frances married into the Waldegrave family, inheriting Strawberry Hill in 1846.

Notorious in her lifetime for her multiple marriages and political intrigues, Frances grabbed life by the throat. A committed Liberal, she used her money to influence Government. A loyal sibling, she supported her extended Jewish family through the dramatic ups and downs of their operatic careers. As Frances, Countess Waldegrave, she left her mark all over Strawberry Hill – doubling the size of the house and embellishing nearly every room with her distinctive FW initials and Countess’s coronet.

The Braham coat of arms appears alongside the Waldegrave arms, proudly displayed above the entrance gate, and in the stained glass of the Round Room. Drawing on her research into the Braham family, Nino will share new insights from the papers recently acquired by the British Library.

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Wed 29 Sep 2021 19:30


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Map reference: TQ 158722  Lat: 51.43696 Long: -0.33539

By Road: At the London Road roundabout on the A316 take the exit signposted Twickenham A310.
At the mini roundabout turn left, you are still on London Road. Pass Twickenham Station on your left. At traffic lights you will have to bear right into King Street. Get over into left lane and turn left at the traffic lights into Cross Deep. You will pass Radnor Gardens leading down to the Thames on your left.
At mini roundabout turn right into Waldegrave Road. You will see Strawberry Hill House on your left. Just past the house is the turning into St. Mary's College where you can park
Bus: 33 travels from Hammersmith and through Richmond and the R68 travels from Kew Gardens Station, through Richmond Train and Bus Stations.
Train: Richmond Station
Tube: Richmond District Line
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