Ladies of Llangollen

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Were Lady Eleanor Butler (?1739–1829) and Miss Sarah Ponsonby (?1735–1831), two devoted friends who left their families (against strong opposition) to set up a lifelong residence together in Plas Newydd in Llangollen Vale. Their house, adorned in the Gothic style, was visited by distinguished guests, including Wordsworth (who wrote them a sonnet), A. Seward (who commemorated them in her poem ‘Llangollen Vale’, 1795), Burke, and Mme de Genlis.

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