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Biographies

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Barnett, Henrietta Octavia

Henrietta Octavia Barnett née Rowland (1851- 1936) social reformer. Her career began as one of the voluntary workers for housing pioneer Octavia Hill in Marylebone. She married Samuel Barnett and they jointly founding the University Settlement, Toynbee Hall in Whitechapel, London.

Beresford, Louisa

Louisa Beresford, Marchioness of Waterford, Lady Waterford (nee Louisa Anne Stewart) (1818-1891), great-granddaughter of the writer, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, a gifted water colour painter, 75 of her portraits are held by the National Portrait Gallery.

Burdett-Coutts, Angela Georgina

Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts (1814-1906) philanthropist, of the Coutts banking family, inheriting her first £1.8m in 1837, spent her life and fortune on improving the lives of the working class in Britain, Ireland and abroad, becoming known as the 'Queen of the Poor'.

Buss, Frances Mary

Frances Buss began her career in education as a teacher in her mother's school before gaining qualifications at Queen's College.

Charles, Bessie

Bessie Charles (1869-1932) see Lynne Walker, Golden Age or False Dawn?: Women Architects of the 20th century pdf

Charles, Ethel

Ethel Charles (1871-1962) see Lynne Walker,  Golden Age or False Dawn?: Women Architects of the 20th century pdf

Denby, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Denby (1894-1965) see Lynne Walker, Golden Age or False Dawn?: Women Architects of the 20th century pdf

Drew, Jane

Jane Drew (1911-1996) see Lynne Walker, Golden Age or False Dawn?: Women Architects of the 20th century pdf

Higgs, Mary

Mary Higgs, née Kingsland (1854-1937), attended the Hitchin College for Women and Girton College, Cambridge.

Hill, Octavia

Octavia Hill (1838-1912) housing pioneer.


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Ledeboer, Judith

Judith Ledeboer (1901-1990) see Lynne Walker, Golden Age or False Dawn?: Women Architects of the 20th century pdf

Leigh Smith, Barbara

Barbara Leigh Smith (later Bodichon) (1827-1891) divided her life as a painter in Morocco and pioneering women's rights' activist in London.

Leverkus, Gertrude

Gertrude Leverkus (1899-1976): took a B.A. in Architecture at University College London, 1916-1919, the only woman taking her finals with 500 men.

McClelland, Elspeth

Scott, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Scott (1898-1972) see Lynne Walker, Golden Age or False Dawn?: Women Architects of the 20th century pdf

Smithson, Alison

Alison Smithson (1928-1993) see Lynne Walker, Golden Age or False Dawn?: Women Architects of the 20th century pdf

Strachey, Ray

Ray Strachey, Rachel Conn Costelloe, Mrs Oliver Strachey (1887-1940), women's rights' campaigner and writer, with a mathematics degree from Newnham College, Cambridge 1905-1908, she studied engineering at Oxford University, 1910.

Willson, Laura Ann

Laura Ann Willson, Mrs (c.1878-1942) started work at ten years old as a 'half-timer' in a Yorkshire textile factory.


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Many famous and not-so-famous women who have made a difference to both the built environment and to women's lives in general are mentioned in Visible in Stone. We have created short biographies of them here. If you want to find out about any of these women in more detail, The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is a good place to start. Please click on the initial letter of their surname in the alphabet below to find the entry you are looking for, alternatively you can click directly from their name in the text.

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