The Forgotten Women of Wakefield

Forgotten Women Wake

Our Women

The Forgotten Women of Wakefield project is working to uncover the lives of women from many different backgrounds. To start with, we decided to look at notable names from our past who could provide ways in for our researchers. Here are just a few of our “core” women from whom we are building a better insight into the lives of past women from Wakefield. 

Click on the names of our brilliant women to learn more about them!

Florence Beaumont


Louisa Fennell


  Ann Hurst

Mary Frances Heaton


Lady Catherine Milnes Gaskell


Margaret and Ellen Gissing

Edith  Grace Mackie

Gertrude McCroben

  Phyllis Lett

 Clara Clarkson

Dame Elsie Marjorie Williamson

 Edna Coates

Eva Lett

The Staynes Sisters

Other Women we Have Recognised

The above women fall directly under the Forgotten Women of Wakefield project, but we have also helped to have recognised a number of other women from our region.

At the beginning of our project we were thrilled to blue plaque Alice Bacon, the first female MP from the Wakefield/Leeds area.

Our researchers have also tirelessly reconstructed the great mystery surrounding another famous woman from our region, Pontefract’s Elizabeth Moxon whose cookery book is a foundation for modern cookery writing.