(Lucy) Edith Sewell

(Lucy) Edith Sewell was the niece of Black Beauty author Anna Sewell and shared her aunt’s interests in animals, education and charity work.

(Lucy) Edith Sewell was the niece of Black Beauty author Anna Sewell and shared her aunt’s interests in animals, education and charity work. Edith was honorary treasurer of the Norwich Suffrage Society and honorary treasurer of the Norwich Anti-Vivisection Society. She also attended training in London and passed a Cambridge University examination in astrology in 1884.

Her sister, (Helen) Ada Sewell erected a triangular horse trough (featured in photo) now used as a flower planter in front of Sewell Park. The inscription reads:

‘This fountain was placed here by Ada Sewell in memory of her aunt, Anna Sewell authoress of Black Beauty and her sister, Edith Sewell – two lovers of animals’.

The Old Catton area of Broadland where Edith Sewell lived is well known for her Aunt Anna's literary achievements. It would be great for the recognition to be widened to include Edith’s involvement in the suffrage movement. People living in and visiting Broadland will be able to learn more about both women and their connection to the area.

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