Elizabeth Montagu
and the Bluestocking Circle
         is Funded by the AHRC

Historical walk information


There will be a circular Historical walk from the National Waterfront Museum led by John Ashley of Swansea Ramblers Association and the Gower Society, leaving at 2pm and returning before 5pm.



The walking is easy – no crampons or ice axes needed, pushchairs welcome – and the route depends on the weather.


If Devon is invisible (it is raining) we will explore the marina, docks and near foreshore, with cafes and hostelries available at all times.


If Devon is visible (not raining yet) we will walk along the route of the first commercial tracked transport in the world  in the direction of Mumbles, as far as we feel like, with the option at all times of returning on the frequent public transport. There are cafes and hostelries on this route as well. The energetic can carry on round Mumbles Head to the cliff path and the beginning of Wild Gower.


John will shamelessly plug his new book of Gower Walks, but as the launch is not until August you need not part with cash.


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Bluestocking Circle

The Bluestocking Circle was a group of writers, artists and thinkers who met in the London homes of Elizabeth Montagu, Elizabeth Vesey and Frances Boscawen. These fashionable hostesses invented a new kind of informal sociability and nurtured a sense of intellectual community. The term "bluestocking" evolved from the scholar Benjamin Stillingfleet's decision to abandon formal evening dress and obey Vesey's call to "Come in your blue stockings." Guests included the leading literary, political and cultural figures of the day, including Elizabeth Carter, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, David and Eva Garrick and later Hannah More and Frances Burney.

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