Historic Women

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

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Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the most influential figures of the Middle Ages. She has been called the ‘Grandmother of Europe’ due to many of her descendants becoming kings, queens or empresses.

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Jane in her usual bright clothing

Rosa Jane Pelly

Jane Pelly was a well respected and influential educator, chiefly in Nigeria, throughout the second half of the twentieth century

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A photo postcard taken around 1917 shows Mrs Hazel in her long dress and cap operating the ferry across the Avon at Alderbury, Wiltshire.

Jane Hazel

Mrs Jane Hazel and the Alderbury Ferry (1843-1920) the index photo was taken around 1917 and shows Mrs Hazel in her long dress and cap

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Eleanor and Agnes Warre outside the Old Parsonage at Harnham

Eleanor Warre

A talented designer and painter of Church Art, including stained glass windows, whose designs are still found in Churches in Salisbury today

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Frances' book 'A Spinster at Home' title page

Frances Child

A spinster gentlewoman of modest means had few opportunities in the Victorian era to supplement her income, became a popular author & story teller

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