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Category:Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick

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Daisy Greville, Frances Evelyn Maynard (1861-1938), Countess of Warwick from 1893, was wife to Francis Greville, Lord Brooke (m.1881). Daisy Greville, sole beneficiary of the Maynard fortune, and of Easton Lodge, Little Easton, Essex, was an English courtesan, socialite and businesswoman.
She later turned champagne socialist and from 1912 acted as leader of the 'Warwick Circle' at Easton Lodge, often based around garden parties and largely dedicated to a reinvention of supposed folk traditions and dialect plays, this for the benefit of local lower classes, under the banner of the Dunmow and District Progressive Club, and performed at Lady Warwick's Barn Theatre at Little Easton. Daisy commented on the enterprise with: "We shall be a little group of the Salt of the Earth in the Dunmow District soon!" Conrad Noel, the 'Red Vicar', was a critical supporter stating that this "...smacked of [the] Bloomsbury" set. Those who contributed and gravitated to be entertained in the 'Warwick Circle' were fellow socialist political proponents and literary figures, including H. G. Wells, Lancelot and Hugh Cranmer-Byng (playwrights and scions of Torrington baronetcy), Samuel Levy Bensusan (dialect playwright and writer), Ramsay MacDonald, J. W. Robertson Scott, H. A. Gwynne, Sir Walter Gilbey, Henry De Vere Stacpoole, J. M. Barrie, George Bernard Shaw, Cecil Sharp, Arnold Bennett, and Harold Munro (poet).
Sourced from "The Dunmow Progressives" by Victor Gray in Essex Heritage, ed. Kenneth Neale, (Leopard's Head Press 1992), pp.285-302.

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