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Saltash’s Tribute to Ann Glanville

Ann GlanvilleWhen you next visit Saltash take a look at the statue of Ann Glanville, by pressing her brooch she will even tell you her story.   For those of you who can’t get to Saltash we thought you might like to hear a little bit about this remarkable lady.

Ann Glanville was born in Saltash as Ann Warren and married John Glanville; they went on to have 14 children.  John fell ill and Ann continue her husband’s trade working as a waterman to support the family.  Ann worked long hours running the ferry by herself and carrying goods by water, rowing between Sutton Pool (the far side of Plymouth and Budshead Mill (2 miles above Saltash) a distance of 10 miles in all.

As if that wasn’t enough for this remarkable woman she organised a crew of female rowers, herself rowing as stroke woman and she and her crew took second prize in a four-oared gig race at the 1833 Plymouth Regatta.  They went on to dominated women’s racing for the next fifteen years at Plymouth.  They were seldom beaten in four-oared gig races even against male competitors and were taken by financial backers to regattas in other parts of Britain and once to France.

Ann continued competitive rowing until she was in her sixties.  When the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Plymouth in 1879 Ann was invited to lunch on their yacht   taking this honour in her stride and in her own words “had a hearty good laugh with them”!

In St. Stephen’s old Church-yard, near the Wearde vault, and within fifty paces of the chancel, on the South side, is a plain stone headstone, with the following inscription: ‑

IN MEMORY OF

ANN GLANVILLE

BORN 2ND APRIL 1706 DIED 6TH JUNE 1880

AGED 84 YEARS

“She shall rejoice in time to come, her children shall rise up and call her blessed.”

“This stone was erected by friends who had great regard for her, and who esteemed her for her high moral character and her honest, industrious and upright life.”

For more information on Ann or Saltash visit The Saltash Hertiage Museum 

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