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Death of Elizabeth Fry

Posted in Anniversary, History on Friday, 1 October 2010

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picture, Elizabeth Fry visits Newgate Prison

Elizabeth Fry visits Newgate Prison

12 October marks the anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Fry in 1845. Born Elizabeth Gurney in Gurney Court, Norwich, Norfolk, to a Quaker family on 21 May 1780, she married Joseph Fry in 1800.

Moved by the preachings of William Savery, she dedicated her life to the sick and the poor, and is best known for her work at Newgate Prison. Disgusted by the conditions in which prisoners were held, she was a vocal advocate for prison reform.

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