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This fascinating read explores the origins of Girton College in Hitchin. Established by pioneer for women’s education Emily Davies, the College for Women at Benslow House was the first opportunity women had to study for qualifications from the University of Cambridge. This book explores the story of the college’s foundation and day-to-day running, and follows the lives of the women who represented the college’s first cohort. Author Val Campion masterfully weaves these stories together from archival material, providing a captivating look into life at Benslow in the 19th century.