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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Frances Stratton

Frances Stratton (1952-2018) Frances Stratton, also known as Fran, was Headteacher of South Wilts Grammar School for Girls from 2003-11. During her time as Head,

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Bette Blackwell at 20

Bette Blackwell

Bette was one of thousands of civilian women recruited during World War Two into a secret workforce producing Spitfires1 in factories hidden in Salisbury and the surrounding areas

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picture of Jill Furze taken at the Ealing Studios in 1939 wearing a hat

Jill Furse

Jill Furse was a young actress of rare talent who enjoyed brief success in the late 1930s. Thwarted by both ill health and the Second World War, she was nevertheless determined to live a full and joyful life and is remembered as much for her effect on others as for her acting credits.

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Salome is seated and holding a book

Salome Pelly

Dr Rosa Salome Pelly was a remarkable woman. Daughter of Bishop Wordsworth she read medicine at Oxford combining her career with being mother of 5 children. As well as reading her story you can listen to her daughter Robina talking about her mother’s life

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Credit: Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum painting by Frank Brooks 1854-1937

Maria Ridout

Mrs Maria Ridout (née Corp) 1814-188 Mrs Ridout and the Coombe Express by Frank Brooks (1854 – 1937) With kind permission of the Salisbury & South

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