Curious Case of Beatrice Blore-Browne


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One of the most interesting gravestones in the cemetery next to St Tudnos Church on the Great Orme in Llandudno, Wales is this one.
It is the grave of Beatrice Blore Browne – born September 26th 1887 at Middlesborough, Yorkshire, died November 23rd 1921 at Delamere, Penmaenmawr (age 34).

For a long time, mystery surrounded both her life & death; it was believed that she was a racing driver who died in a car crash but the recent appearance of her death certificate reveals that she actually died from cancer. Her inscription concludes with ‘She feared naught but God’.

Beatrice was certainly a unique woman – she drove a 10hp Singer car up Old Road on the Great Orme in 1911 – a daring feat which resulted in a lot of press attention, there are photos of her driving the car and reports of onlookers watching with ‘bated breath’ as to whether she would make it or not. I think it was this event that drew the attention George Wilkins Browne another unique character – a racing driver who had held the land speed record at Brooklands for about 2 years. In December 1920, he became the first person to drive a car both up and down Snowdon. He drove up and down the railway track in an Angus Sanderson 14hp car. This event was filmed for cinema audiences. The ascent took 1 hour 22 mins, the descent 1 hour 5 mins

In 1920, Beatrice Blore changed her name by deed poll and added the surname of Browne,

Her unique gravestone has kept her memory alive, a reminder of a woman keen to push the boundaries of what it was considered acceptable for women to do.

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