Thursday, 24 December 2015

The Gladstone Bag and William Ewart Gladstone

The Gladstone Bag was named after William Ewart Gladstone who was Conservative Member of Parliament for Newark -on-Trent and served from more than ten years from being first elected in 1832.  His constituency office, the Clinton Arms Hotel in the market place at Newark, still houses a plaque marking his Parliamentary acceptance speech from the balcony of the hotel.  Gladstone served four terms as Prime Minister ending in 1894.

His political career was immensely interesting with plenty of funny and very serious anecdotes having been recorded for posterity.  But it's for giving his name to an iconic bag that remains as popular today as in Victorian times for which William Gladstone is better known today.

This lens details the history of the Gladstone Bag.

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