Nancy Astor to be honoured with blue plaque

A plaque to commemorate the life of Nancy Astor is to be unveiled at her former home on the Hoe on Friday.

Nancy Astor was the first female MP to take her seat in Parliament. She served as MP for Plymouth Sutton from 1919 to 1945. She also served as Lady Mayoress of Plymouth during World War II. The Blue Plaque will sit above a brass plaque already in place at her residence 3 Elliot Terrace on The Hoe.

Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “This acknowledgement has been a long time coming. Lady Astor was a remarkable woman, and a true champion of this city.

“Her elections and time served as an MP is also a reflection on the people of Plymouth. The progressive values held by our residents allowed Plymouth to become so important historically for furthering the position of women in politics.”

As the first female MP to take her seat in Parliament, Lady Astor championed the provision of nurseries for poorer children and the study of early childhood development.

The Margaret McMillan Nursery on Hoe Street was founded by Lady Astor in 1935 and is still running today. For more information about Nancy Astor please click here.

This year marks 100 years of women aged 30 and over who owned property or whose husbands did, getting the vote, a major step in female enfranchisement. Recognising the contributions of the early female MPs is essential to the celebration of this centenary.

Her Plymouth home, number 3 Elliot Terrace, was gifted to the council when she became a Freeman of the City. It still serves today as the Lord Mayor’s residence, holding civic events and hosting visiting dignitaries.

Number 3 Elliot Terrace can be hired for events, including wedding ceremonies. Guided tours with one of the Lord Mayor’s mace bearers are also available. For more information about Elliot Terrace please click here.