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

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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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image of Sarah Maria Fawcett

Sarah Maria Fawcett

By Dr Jane Howells Maria Fawcett (1830-1923) was a member of the Fawcett family prominent in Salisbury.  She never married, lived in or near Salisbury

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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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