Historic Women

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

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Adeline Cable in uniform at her desk in 1925

Adeline Cable

Adeline Cable (1864-1944) best known for her work as a matron at Salisbury Infirmary during the First World War.  Adeline Elizabeth Cable was born in

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Wren Hall the location of the choir school in Dora's time

Dora Robertson

Dora Robertson impacted on the history of Salisbury in two ways: by helping to secure the future of the Choristers School when it faced financial collapse in the 1920s, and by writing the first history of the Cathedral Close, a work still used as a standard reference work by historians today

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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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