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Elizabeth Fry Refuge

Elizabeth Fry Refuge

Group  From 1849  To 1913

Categories: Social Welfare

Otherwise known as the Elizabeth Fry Institute for Reformation of Women Prisoners.  JaneAusten (don't ask) gives some information; to quote: "Following {Fry's} death in 1845, a meeting chaired by the Lord Mayor of London, resolved that it would be fitting 'to found an asylum to perpetuate the memory of Mrs Fry and further the benevolent objects to which her life had been devoted.'"

Medley-Whitfield writes "The first ever-humane women refuge was opened (1849) in premises at 195 Mare Street.  The concept was a success and for sixty-four years, former female prisoners went to the Elizabeth Fry refuge for women as a stop off point for rehabilitation in between imprisonment and the ‘real world’. In 1913 the refuge moved to Islington and then again several times until it settled finally in Reading (1960)."  We understand the refuge is still operatign in Reading (2012).

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New Lansdowne Club

The Elizabeth Fry Refuge, 1849 -1913, to help women in need. Elizabeth Fry, 1...

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