julie ann godson

HISTORIAN•WRITER

Above: The Betty Ridge Room at Arley Hall in Cheshire, seat of the Flower family. Below: An artist's impression of Betty Ridge wearing a formal gown of the period.

Above: The Betty Ridge Room at Arley Hall in Cheshire, seat of the Flower family. Below: An artist's impression of Betty Ridge wearing a formal gown of the period.

Betty Ridge exhibition

In 2016, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the marriage  in 1766 of fisherman's daughter Betty Ridge to William Flower, 2nd Viscount Ashbrook, the present Viscount Ashbrook opened the Betty Ridge Room at the family seat, Arley Hall in Cheshire.

Portraits, prints, miniatures and documents tell the story of perhaps the most romantic episode in the colourful history of the Flower family, Anglo-Irish aristocrats who won favour fighting first for Queen Elizabeth I and then for the Stuarts in a rebellious Ireland. 

Items are always being added to the display, especially to bring the story alive for younger visitors. For details, please visit http://www.arleyhallandgardens.com/exhibition/