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Travel in the 17th Century

Monday April 8th



Members enjoyed an  illustrated talk by Sheila Gordon following the extensive journeys of Lady Anne Clifford throughout the Yorkshire Dales & Eden Valley

Lady Anne Clifford (30 January 1590 – 22 March 1676) was  Countess Dowager of Dorset, Pembroke and Montgomery because of her marriages and, in her own right 14th Baroness de Clifford - she inherited her father's ancient barony in 1605.

Sheila Gordon told members how Lady Anne had not inherited family estates when her father died but had had to wait until she was sixty years of age.  She then spent the rest of her life travelling from one castle to another on her estates, repairing the buildings where necessary.  She had kept a diary account of her life and Sheila, from diary entries,  had followed one of Lady Annes’ journeys - 100 miles from Skipton Castle to Penrith.  This is now known as Lady Anne’s Way.