Queer Places:
Bramfield Hall in Surrey
Kensal Green Cemetery Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England

British diplomat Sir Gladwyn Jebb , Britain's Ambassador to France... News  Photo - Getty ImagesCynthia Jebb (née Noble; 20 November 1898 – 21 September 1990) was an English political hostess and diarist. She was noted as the wife of the UK's representative on the Security Council of the United Nations and as a hostess in Paris where her husband was the British Ambassador. In 1926 Cecil Beaton was invited to a party at British Vogue editors Madge Garland and Dorothy Todd's homse where he met socialites like actor Tom Douglas, Elizabeth Ponsonby and Cynthia Noble (Lady Gladwyn). At the party Freddie Ashton performed campy, "shy-making imitations of various ballet dancers and Queen Alexandra, the sort of thing one is ashamed of and only does in one's bedroom in front of large mirrors when one is rather excited and worked up."

She was the last of four children born to Celia Brunel and Sir Saxton William Armstrong Noble, third baronet of Ardmore and Ardardan. He was a entrepreneurial civil engineer and they lived at Jesmond Dene, Newcastle upon Tyne where she born on 20 November 1898 and baptised quickly (as she was expected to die).[1] One of her grandfathers was a teacher at Eton College and the other chaired the arms and shipping company Armstrong Whitworth. Her middle name was Brunel and one of her maternal grandparents was Isambard Kingdom Brunel.[1] She had a remarkable memory and this and conversation supplemented the informal education she received at boarding school. The formal focus of her study was literature and music.[1] Her brother, Marc, was killed in the First World War. After the war she formed a variety of friends. She married Gladwyn Jebb in 1929 and she became the wife of an ambitious diplomat in the Foreign Office. During the 1930s they spent three years in Rome and they had three children. By 1935 they were back in London but her husband was promoted with the Foreign Office which earned him a knighthood in 1949.[1] The following year they were sent to New York where they became the popular centre of attention as Gladwyn Jebb was the British representative on the Security Council which was exercising its power during the Korean Crisis. In 1954 they went to Paris where she became a hostess at the centre of French society whilst her husband was Britain's ambassador. She organised visits including those of Royalty and Prime Ministers during the six years that she ran their residence. During their stay the Suez Crisis made Anglo French diplomacy very important and when they left in 1954 General de Gaulle held a dinner for them.[1] In 1959 it was reported that she had renovated their Paris home in the style of Napoleon's sister, Pauline, after consulting with researchers at the Louvre.[2] Her husband became Baron Gladwyn in 1960 when he retired a diplomat and became a Liberal Front Bench peer in the House of Lords. They spent their time at their flat in London and at Bramfield Hall in Surrey where she entertained including a generous evening during the Aldeburgh Festival.[1] In 1995 Miles Jubb published her diaries.[3]

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