Former workhouse in Nantwich, dating from 1780
Madeleine Shaw Lefevre, 1890 portrait

Organisation set up in 1858 and existed "to improve moral and spiritual improvement of workhouse inmates" in England and Wales.

- Workhouse Visiting Society

The Countess was a founding member of the Workhouse Visiting Society, and through this connection Shaw Lefevre became a member of the central committee of the Metropolitan Association for Befriending Young Servants.

- Madeleine Shaw Lefevre
Former workhouse in Nantwich, dating from 1780

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Somerville College Hall

Somerville College, Oxford

Founded in 1879 as Somerville Hall, one of its first two women's colleges.

Founded in 1879 as Somerville Hall, one of its first two women's colleges.

Somerville College Hall
The mathematician and scientist Mary Somerville, 1780–1872, after whom the college is named
Somerville College Library with hyacinths
House seen from the Quad
House seen from the east
Park Building
Somerville College Library
View of Hall and Maitland (right) from the quad
Hall
Darbishire Quad
Somerville College Chapel with Vaughan on the right
Wolfson building
ROQ East from outside the college
Somerville College in snow
Rowing blade design of Somerville College Boat Club
Somerville College Chapel
Somerville's Position in the Norrington Table since 2006
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, the current principal

Madeleine Shaw-Lefevre was chosen as the first principal because, though not a well-known academic at the time, her background was felt to reflect the college's political stance.

"La Reyne le veult"
Shaw Lefevre as caricatured by Ape (Carlo Pellegrini) in Vanity Fair, July 1871

John Shaw Lefevre

British barrister, Whig politician and civil servant.

British barrister, Whig politician and civil servant.

"La Reyne le veult"
Shaw Lefevre as caricatured by Ape (Carlo Pellegrini) in Vanity Fair, July 1871

One daughter, Madeleine Shaw-Lefevre, was the first Principal of Somerville Hall; another daughter, Rachel, married Arthur Hamilton-Gordon, son of the Prime Minister the 4th Earl of Aberdeen.

George Shaw Lefevre, 1st Baron Eversley

British Liberal Party politician.

British Liberal Party politician.

A sister, Madeleine Shaw-Lefevre, was the first Principal of Somerville Hall; and another Rachel married Arthur Hamilton-Gordon, son of the Prime Minister the 4th Earl of Aberdeen.

Portrait by Herbert James Gunn

Agnes Catherine Maitland

The principal of Somerville College, Oxford, England.

The principal of Somerville College, Oxford, England.

Portrait by Herbert James Gunn

Maitland was keenly interested in the higher education of women and left Liverpool in 1889 to succeed Madeleine Shaw Lefevre as Principal of Somerville Hall, Oxford.

First/given/forename, middle, and last/family/surname with John Fitzgerald Kennedy as example. This shows a structure typical for Anglophonic cultures (and some others). Other cultures use other structures for full names.

Shaw Lefevre

Double-barrelled surname created in 1789 through the marriage of Charles Shaw and Helena Lefevre.

Double-barrelled surname created in 1789 through the marriage of Charles Shaw and Helena Lefevre.

First/given/forename, middle, and last/family/surname with John Fitzgerald Kennedy as example. This shows a structure typical for Anglophonic cultures (and some others). Other cultures use other structures for full names.

Madeleine Shaw Lefevre (1835–1914), first Principal of Somerville Hall (later Somerville College, Oxford), daughter of John Shaw Lefevre

Louisa Twining c. 1906

Louisa Twining

English philanthropic worker who devoted herself to issues and tasks related to the English Poor Law.

English philanthropic worker who devoted herself to issues and tasks related to the English Poor Law.

Louisa Twining c. 1906

In March 1861, she helped to establish a home for workhouse girls sent out to service, in 1864 the Workhouse Visiting Society, in 1866 the Association for the Improvement of the Infirmaries of London Workhouses and in 1879 the Workhouse Infirmary Nursing Association.

Engraving of Tait published 1879

Catharine Tait

British philanthropist.

British philanthropist.

Engraving of Tait published 1879

Her experience was consulted when Louisa Twining formed the Workhouse Visiting Society with wider ambitions.

Mrs Walter Frith, by George Percy Jacomb-Hood

George Percy Jacomb-Hood

Painter, etcher and illustrator.

Painter, etcher and illustrator.

Mrs Walter Frith, by George Percy Jacomb-Hood
Investiture of the Star of India
Italian Sailing Vessels at Anchor by John Singer Sargent, c. 1904-07

He also painted Madeleine Shaw-Lefevre in her role as principal of Somerville College, Oxford.

Lilian Faithfull

English teacher, headmistress, women's rights advocate, magistrate, social worker, and humanitarian.

English teacher, headmistress, women's rights advocate, magistrate, social worker, and humanitarian.

Faithfull in her first year at Cheltenham

Between 1887 and 1888, Faithfull taught at Oxford High School, and was secretary to the principal of Somerville, Madeleine Shaw Lefevre.

Lettice Fisher

List of Somerville College, Oxford, people

List of notable people associated with Somerville College, Oxford, including alumni and fellows of the college.

List of notable people associated with Somerville College, Oxford, including alumni and fellows of the college.

Lettice Fisher
Margaret Hills
Gurmehar Kaur
Margaret Mackworth, 2nd Viscountess Rhondda
Catherine Hilda Duleep Singh
Marjorie Boulton
Vera Brittain
A. S. Byatt
Elizabeth Young, Lady Kennet
Nicole Krauss
Susan Cooper
Margaret Kennedy
Shriti Vadera, Baroness Vadera
Alyson Bailes
Emma Sky
Averil Cameron
Margery Fry
Kathleen Kenyon
Onora O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve
Moon Moon Sen
Helen Muir
Anne Treisman
Emma Rothschild
Kate Williams
Miriam T. Griffin
Joyce Reynolds
Maria Wyke
Cornelia Sorabji
Susie Dent
Emma Kirkby
Marion Wilberforce
Sunethra Bandaranaike
Patricia Churchland
Sam Gyimah
Shirley Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby
Margaret Ballinger
Esther Rantzen
Fasi Zaka
Lady Ottoline Morrell
Kay Davies
Marian Dawkins
Kathleen Ollerenshaw
Caroline Series
Julia Yeomans
Reem Bassiouney
Katherine Routledge
Alison Wolf, Baroness Wolf of Dulwich
Smit Singh
Anthea Bell
G. E. M. Anscombe
Tony Bell
Alan Hollinghurst
Chris Lintott
Bertha Phillpotts
Rajesh Thakker
Kevin Warwick
Dorothy Maud Wrinch
Janet Royall, Baroness Royall of Blaisdon
Margaret Thatcher, first woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1979–1990)
Indira Gandhi, first and only woman Prime Minister of India (1966–1977, 1980–1984) and "Woman of the Millennium"<ref>{{Cite news |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/543743.stm |title=BBC Indira Gandhi 'greatest woman' |work=BBC News |access-date=19 June 2020}}</ref>
Dorothy Hodgkin, the first and only British woman scientist to have been awarded a Nobel Prize

The first principal of Somerville Hall was Madeleine Shaw-Lefèvre (1879–1889).