Her Salisbury Story

Find out about the historic and current 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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Mary Paisey

Mary was awarded an OBE in recognition of her work in setting up and supporting the Salisbury Women’s Refuge find out more by listening to the podcast

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Amanda in the Chapel during refurbishment

Amanda Newbery

Listen to Amanda’s journey from working in an estate agents, to manufacturing, to running a nightclub and discover the importance of the night-time economy to the city

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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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Eve Warton at the chalke Valley History Festival 2021

Evelyn Warton

Hear Eve talk about her amazing life, full of unusual twists and turns. From a cocooned life of privilege in-between the wars, to joining the WRNS to becoming part of a new elite category known as Night Vison Testers, to a happy family life after the war despite being impacted by sorrow and loss

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Petra Oyston

What does it take to win the 2018 Women in Defence “Innovator of the Year” award? Passion, curiosity and a lot of determination!

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