Connaught Gardens blue plaque in Sidmouth

Connaught Gardens
Originally gardens of Cliff Cottage c. 1820. Birthplace in 1834 of Constance Emily Kent, who aged 16 was imprisoned for 20 years for murder of baby stepbrother in revenge for father's marriage to governess. On release she emigrated to Melbourne, becoming famous for her nursing work and a celebrated centenarian. The house, much altered, renamed "Sea View" and near derelict by 1930 was purchased by Sidmouth U.D.C. for £3,500 and demolished.
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