Georgiana Verney

Ribbon Quadrilles Coventry Fundraising

Support for the Community


Warwickshire in the 1860s was in crisis. Cheap imports of French ribbons meant that the Coventry ribbon weavers were crushed. Thousands were destitute. Georgiana joined with her friends highlighting the crisis, raising money for those in need by holding ‘Ribbon Quadrilles’ as fundraisers. The textile designers, Rapture and Wright have designed a special fabric in honour of the Coventry Ribbon Weavers, and Georgiana’s support for them. When Georgiana died in 1889, people from all over the region came to pay their respects. Her obituary noted that “No good work was ever promoted in that part of the county without her ladyship helping to forward its success by personally interesting herself in it and liberally subscribing to carry it out. In all cases of distress, too, she was ever ready to show practical sympathy, and many a family has been saved the bitter pangs of penury by her ladyship’s generous help.”

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