The Oldest New Woman and her Incorrigible Welsh Friend

Sandler and Hoy 2016

A lively conversation in costume with Miss Frances Power Cobbe (b.1822), an Irish feminist, journalist and political activist, and Miss Mary Charlotte Lloyd (b 1819), a Welsh artist. They met in  Italy and were partners for 35 years.

In the mid 19th century, they lived in London campaigning for votes for women and animal rights. Miss Cobbe was also instrumental in changing the law on ‘wife torture’ (women experiencing domestic violence). They then retired to Wales and ended their years in Llanelltyd, near Dolgellau, where they are buried together in a local churchyard.

The interview explores their relationship and some of the conversations they had between themselves and their friends about their lives and passions. A contribution to queer welsh history.

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