Wellesley, Clare Florence Mary Lady Cowley 1879-1949
1 folder+ 6 lantern slides
Mixed archival materials
United Kingdom, England, Wiltshire, Chippenham
Seagry House (Chippenham, Wiltshire, England)
Built about 1740 by Nathaniel Houlton, Seagry House eventually passed to the earldom of Cowley. Visited in June 1929 during the Garden Club of America's England tour, Seagry House was at the time the home of Clare Florence Mary, Lady Cowley, widow of Henry Arthur Mornington Wellesley, 3rd Earl Cowley. She continued to live in the house until 1949, when it was destroyed by a fire in which she lost her life. Garden features of the property included a sunken flagstone terrace with naturalized plantings between the stones, a garden pool, and climbing roses against the side of the house. A complete copy of the GCA tour itinerary was printed in the Bulletin of the Garden Club of America (Fourth Series, No. 5), September 1929, pp. 6-25.
Persons associated with the property include Nathaniel Houlton (former owner, circa 1740) and Clare Florence Mary Wellesley, Lady Cowley (former owner, circa 1920-1949).