Her Salisbury Story

Find out about the historic women of Salisbury, who have made significant contributions to our community and history.

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Picture of Dorothy Lawrence in her WW1 soldier's uniform

Dorothy Lawrence

The only English woman soldier in the Royal Engineers 51st Division 79th Tunnelling Co. She is also remembered as the only woman who fought in the First World War disguised as a man.

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Pattie Oliver on Stage by Ernest Edwards 1863 - 67 National Portrait Gallery

Martha Cranmer Oliver

Martha or Patti as she was also known was an well known actress and theatre manager described as ‘…one of the most refined and accomplished actress[es] of her day’.

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St Anne's Street looking towards the cathedral

Sarah Fielding

Sarah Fielding was one of the earliest professional female authors. Her work is now being appraised to establish her as an early feminist writer

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26 The Close showing the side going up Rosemary Lane

Geraldine Symons

Geraldine Symons was a well regarded children’s author who drew widely her childhood in the cathedral close to provide backdrops for her novels.

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