In the last Parliament, there were 206 female MPs in the House of Commons but how many will there be in twelve days time? It is extraordinary to think that one hundred years ago today, the first woman MP took her seat in Parliament. Nancy Astor was elected as MP for Plymouth replacing her husband Waldorf Astor who had succeeded to the House of Lords. Nancy and Waldorf lived at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire, a wedding present from Waldorf’s father. The impressive Italianate Villa lies at the centre of the gardens which include the Great Parterre which is best viewed from the Terrace, the War Memorial Garden, the Long Garden, the Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden and Maze. Although the house is now a hotel (it’s where Meghan Markle stayed before her wedding to Prince Harry), you can still visit some of the rooms – contact the National Trust for details.




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