Town’s suffragist

Congleton Family History Group meets on Tuesday in the downstairs meeting room at Congleton Library at 7.30pm; visitors are very welcome. 
This month Olivia Smedley presents a talk entitled A Forgotten Congleton Suffragette. It is about Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy who was born in Manchester in 1833, the daughter of a Methodist minister.
She was to have a major influence on the position of women in the 19th century. She moved to Congleton in 1867 where she was involved in setting up a rigorous system of education for girls that would allow them eventually to attend university.

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