Plymouth has such a rich history. It also boasts an amazing list of advocates and pioneers; either calling it their home or going out of their way to ensure they played a part in the growth of both its social and economic landscape.
Here at Strathmore House Apartments, we are extremely proud to call Plymouth and Elliot Street our home; and so on this day, that celebrates inspiring women, we look to a neighbour who made not only Plymouth history, but British history too.
Lady Nancy Astor became the first female MP to take a seat in the House Of Commons in 1919, just 100 years ago! Nancy represented the Plymouth ward of Sutton for 25 years. She was also Lady Mayoress of Plymouth during the Blitz.; a lady who had a deep and powerful conviction to help others; pushing for peace, progress and prosperity.
Her ‘Plymouth Home’ was at Number 3 Elliot Terrace. Just a stone’s throw from Strathmore House Apartments. It was designed by George Wightwick, a pupil of John Foulston and built by John Pethick in the 1870’s.
The good things we build, end up building us…
Like Elliot Street, Elliot Terrace forms part of Plymouth’s iconic parade of Italianate buildings on the city’s world famous Hoe. And just like the buildings, the occupants of the day have also stood the test of time and are remembered today.
100 years on Plymouth is still celebrating Lady Astor’s great and many achievements. A pioneer of day nurseries for working mums, a lady that understood passion drove change and that it wasn’t a case of tongue in cheek words, but hand on heart promises and actions.
Plymouth is bulging with beautiful buildings steeped in history, places of both extraordinary beauty but also striking pasts. The area in and around Elliot Street is no different. Famously standing strong during the Blitz and being home to some breathtaking moments in time.
A building can be beautiful, but when you understand a little about the part it played in history, suddenly that building becomes epic.
See for yourself…
Join us, come and see for yourself the extraordinary beauty and rich history that Plymouth has to offer; we know you won’t be disappointed.