Eleanor Constance Lodge
Eleanor Constance Lodge, CBE, was born on 18 September 1869 at Hanley, Staffordshire. She was Vice-Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford from 1906 to 1921 and then Principal of Westfield College, Hampstead, in the University of London from 1921-31.
She was the youngest child, and only daughter, of Oliver Lodge (1826–1884), a china clay merchant, and his wife, Grace (née Heath) (1826–1879). Her siblings included Sir Oliver Lodge (1851–1940), physicist; Sir Richard Lodge (1855–1936), historian; and Alfred Lodge (1854–1937), mathematician.
She studied History at Lady Margaret Hall until 1894. In 1895, Elizabeth Wordsworth asked her to come back to Lady Margaret Hall, where she became a librarian.. She then studied in Paris, at the École des Chartes and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, 1898-1899. In 1899, she started teaching History at LMH as a tutor, and was appointed as vice-principal in 1906. Although she expected to be appointed as the principal after Henrietta Jex-Blake retired, this didn't happen, and she decided to leave Oxford. She asked for a teaching job in Westfield College, London. She was in fact appointed as principal of this college, in succession to Bertha Phillpotts, in 1921.
She was the first woman recipient of a D.Litt. by the University of Oxford, in 1928, which was awarded for her work in the field of modern history. She was honoured by a CBE in 1932.. She died aged 66 on 19 March 1936 in Windsor, Berkshire and was buried at Wolvercote Cemetery, near Oxford.
- Janet Spens (1938). Eleanor Constance Lodge, Terms & Vacations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Frances Lannon, “Lodge, Eleanor Constance (1869–1936)”, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/34582