Anglo-Jewish country houses from the Resettlement to 1800

One July day in 1894 Mrs Eliza Brightwen, author of Wild Nature Won by Kindness, received at The Grove in Stanmore a party of thirty-six poor Jewish mothers.1 Mrs Brightwen’s house had become a centre for nature lovers, a bird sanctuary, and a home for many strange pets. Yet she was as well known for her philanthropy as for her devotion to the life of the countryside, and she kept open house during the summer months for parties of the deserving. It is unlikely that she was aware, however, that many years before, Jacob Pereira had bought some acres of pasture and meadowland and formed the first garden on the site.2

A life devoted to nature studies and charitable entertainment perhaps leaves little time for historical research of the quality attained by Rachel Daiches Dubens, Edward Jamilly and Alfred Rubens.3 Similarly, recent advances in local studies, and the increased accessibility

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