Great Gloucestershire Achievers from history Celebrating the contribution of women to our county in commemoration of 100 years of women getting the vote Mary Baker, nee Sharp (1778-1812) Born into the remarkable Sharp family of London who were painted by the society portrait artist Zoffany Active in the campaign to end the slave trade. Her uncle Granville Sharp was a well known abolitionist. Her marriage to Gloucestershire man Thomas J Lloyd Baker brought her to this county. They built and lived at Hardwicke
Court. A talented artist whose work is preserved in the Lloyd-Baker collection at Gloucestershire Archives Josephine Butler (1828-1906) Lived in Cheltenham from 1857-1866. The
site of her house is now marked by a blue plaque. A social reformer and advocate of womens rights, especially concerned with the welfare of prostitutes Led the long campaign to repeal the Contagious Diseases Acts which subjected working class and fallen women to intrusive medical examinations Also campaigned against child prostitution and sex trafficking from England to Europe A passionate Christian, her favourite saying was God and one woman make a majority Elizabeth Malleson (1828-1916)
A pioneer of district nursing Her interest began in the early 1880s when she moved to Dixton Manor in Gotherington with her family and became concerned at the lack of provision there for pregnant women In 1889 she founded the Rural Nursing Association which provided district nurses for English villages Also a champion of womens rights: founded the Ladies London Emancipation Society in 1863 and the Working Womens College in Bloomsbury in 1864 Dorothea Beale (1831-1906) Born 21 March 1831 in London, the
fourth child and third daughter of eleven children Principal of Cheltenham Ladies' College from 1858 until her death in 1906 and founder of St Hilda's College, Oxford Heavily involved with the suffrage movement, and was the vice president of the Central Society for Women's Suffrage Buried in in the Lady Chapel of Gloucester Cathedral Rosa Frances Emily Swiney (1847-1922) Born Rosa Biggs in Poona, India, and
studied painting, specialising in images of Indian life, and exhibiting in Birmingham and India Married Major-General John Swiney in 1871, and settled in Cheltenham in 1877 Co-founder and president of the Cheltenham Womens Suffrage Society and vice-president of the Cheltenham Food Reform and Health Association
Jane Riddiford (1849-1916) A Gloucester resident, she was educated in France and at Marlborough House in Cheltenham Had a particular interest in education and was a Sunday School tutor for many years Was a Governor of the Gloucester United Endowed Schools and a member of the Citys Education Committee Beatrice Webb (18581943) Born and raised in Standish, Gloucestershire
Economist, sociologist, social reformer, historian, socialist and co-founder of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Coined the term collective bargaining Buried in Westminster Abbey Lilian Mary Faithfull (1865-1952) Principal of Cheltenham Ladies College between 1907 and 1922 One of Englands first female magistrates, becoming J.P. for Cheltenham in 1920 Started the organisation which is now Lilian Faithfull Homes
Amongst other accomplishments, she was President of the All-England Womens Hockey Association Alice Lee-Williams (c. 1870-1923) Daughter of Gloucester MP William Philip
Price Studied nursing at the London Hospital in the 1880s Established a Red Cross hospital at her own home, Tuffley Knoll, in 1910 When war broke out in 1914, she was given use of the New Poor Law Infirmary earning the title of Commandant The hospital grew from a 50 bed facility to accommodate 300 patients Presented with an OBE in March 1918 for her services to the Red Cross, one of the first women to receive this honour She was popular with patients and staff alike Lilias, Countess Bathurst (1871-1965)
Born Lilias Borthwick, daughter of Baron Glenesk, she married the 7th Earl of Bathurst of Cirencester in 1893 Served as a nurse during World War 1 Was instrumental in setting up the British League of Help for the Devastated Areas of France in 1920 which worked to supply essentials to villages in northern France. Inherited the London newspaper, The Morning Post, from her father, which she ran until 1924 Grace Hadow, 1875-1940 Studied English at Somerville College, Oxford, and later became a don there Established the Cirencester Womens Suffrage Society and was active in the
suffrage cause Grace and her sister Constance were among the founders of the first Womens Institute in Gloucestershire at Cirencester in 1916 First Vice Chair of the National Federation of Womens Institutes Image reproduced by kind permission of the National Federation of Womens Institutes Ethel Mary Hartland (1875-1960) Local historian and energetic campaigner, with causes including womens suffrage, more women police officers, recycling, public health and more toilets in Gloucester! Founder member of Liberal Womens
Suffrage Union in 1914, Justice of the Peace, Prison Visitor, and County Magistrate. Worked nationally and internationally in support of women police officers. Served on many wartime committees (unemployment, war savings, food economy) and was instrumental in establishing Pauntley Court, Redmarley as home for young vagrants in 1932 Marion Scott (1877-1953) A professional violinist and musicologist who studied at the Royal College of Music Lifelong friend of the Gloucester born poet & composer Ivor
Gurney, and played a key role in safeguarding and promoting his work An ardent supporter of womens rights and a founder member of the Society of Women Musicians Una Rodenhurst (1879-1940) Born Una Hadwen, daughter of Dr Hadwen, a prominent local man Educated at Cheltenham Ladies College she then studied elocution and spent a year at drama school Specialised in voicing Dickens characters and could speak several dialects including Yankee Taught elocution in Gloucester,
Cheltenham, Bristol & London and was trained to cure speech defects Married Leo Rodenhurst in 1911 and became President of the Gloucester branch of the Anti-Vivisection Society Clara Winterbotham MBE (1880-1967) Attended Cheltenham Ladies College First female councillor of the Borough of Cheltenham (1918) First female elected mayor in Gloucestershire (1921) Mayoress of Cheltenham 1921-1923 Photograph shows her kicking off at a football match between Cheltenham town and the College,
1922 Margaret Hills (1882-1967) Teacher, suffragist, feminist and socialist First female councillor on Stroud District Council (1925) Served as a Gloucestershire County Councillor from 1937 to 1952
Appointed a permanent organiser for the National Union of Womens Suffrage Society in 1908 Responsible for many local housing improvements including Stroud's first slum clearance scheme Margaret Hills Place in Stroud is named after her
Marie Hall (1884-1956) English violinist who moved to Cheltenham in 1911 One of her tutors was Edward Elgar. She recorded a version of his Violin Concerto in 1916 with Elgar conducting. Helped Ralph Vaughan Williams with the composition of the Lark Ascending. The work was dedicated to her and she gave its first public performance in 1920. Described as small & jolly with a great sense of humour Alice May Lloyd (1888-1941)
Born Alice May Roberts in Gloucester in 1888 Studied music at Bastion House School in Gloucester, and later in London, and initially trained as a pianist, before becoming a celebrated soprano In 1910 she was the only singer in Gloucester to hold a Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music. She performed in recitals at the Cathedral, in London and across southern England. Married Percy Charles Lloyd in 1914 Marion Sandover (1890-1969) Joined Gloucestershire Constabulary with lifelong friend Elizabeth Tonra in 1918 as two of the first WPCs in the
county She had met Elizabeth when they were both posted to the munitions factory at Quedgeley Awarded the Chief Constables Silver Braid for Gallantry in 1936 -the first and only woman to receive this award Gloucestershire Constabulary provided coffin bearers at her funeral in 1969 Allison Morrison, Viscountess Dunrossil (1898-1983) Born Catherine Allison Swan in Scotland and made her family home at Withington in Gloucestershire Served as a driver for the Army Service Corps during WW1 In 1924 married fellow barrister William Shephard Morrison, later MP for Cirencester & Tewkesbury and Governor-General of Australia
Their son John, born 1926, was the first baby to have a mother who was a practicing barrister Served on the County War Agricultural Executive Committee during WW2 and was involved with the Glos branch of the Womens Land Army Appointed Commander of the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem in recognition of her volunteer service Gladys Grace Batstone (1899-1926)
Daughter of Frieda & Ernest Batstone, a baker and confectioner of Upper Bath Road and Cleeve Hill Caf Was visiting Hanover with her German born grandmother when war was declared in 1914. Neither Gladys nor her grandmother held passports and were warned that an attempt to return to England was madness. Journeying via Osnabruck, Amsterdam and the Hook of Holland, they crossed the channel in an English meat ship, the only other passenger being an American boy They arrived unannounced in Cheltenham by the midnight train from Paddington completing a journey that had taken four
days In August 1926 whilst bathing in the river at Twyning, Gladys lost her life in going to the rescue of a friend Winifred Foley (1914-2009) Made her name as the author of autobiographical writings about growing up in the Forest of Dean during the 1920s A Child of the Forest, her first and best known book, was published in 1974 Re-released after her death as Full Hearts and Empty Bellies, the book was serialised in the Daily Mail and made The Times top 10 best-seller list
Her works shone light on a rural childhood and the Forest of Dean, reflecting the lives of a working class mining community within a place she deeply cherished There is a bench dedicated to her and her husband on top of May Hill Freda Wilton (1919-1998) First woman Mayor of the City of Gloucester. She also held the role of Sheriff. A former pupil of the High School for Girls, Gloucester Lived in the Westgate area of Gloucester all her life and represented this area for
Gloucester City Council She has a window dedicated to her at St. Mary de Lode Church, Gloucester Joy Lofthouse (1923-2017) From South Cerney, Joy joined the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) as a trainee pilot in December 1943 Her role was to fly Spitfires and bombers from the factories where they were built to the airfields, to be later flown by the Royal Air Force pilots Joys second husband, Charles Lofthouse, was also a Royal Airforce pilot. They were married for 30 years until her death in 2002. When Joy died in 2017 she was one of the final
two surviving WWII Spitfire Girls She described flying a Spitfire as the nearest thing to having wings of your own. Monica Sims (19252018) Born in Gloucester and attended Denmark Road High School for Girls High flying, life long career as a radio and TV executive with the BBC Broke taboos while editor of Womans Hour from 1964 67, consolidating its reputation Introduced Newsround and championed Grange Hill while Head of Childrens TV
Programming Awarded OBE in 1971 Pat Smythe (1928-1996) Nearly died from diptheria when 5 years old, and had to learn to walk again Moved to the Cotswolds in 1941 and took up show jumping, joining the British team in 1947 Won Bronze in the 1956 Olympics in Stockholm, the first woman to win an Olympic show jumping medal Won Leading Show Jumper of the Year at the first Horse of the Year Show in 1949, and again in 1958 and 1962
U.A. Fanthorpe (19292009) English poet who settled in Wotton under Edge with her life partner Dr R V (Rosie) Bailey Head of English at Cheltenham Ladies College for 16 years Her early work was inspired by patients she met while working as an administrator at a neurological hospital Awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2001
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