|Hannah More (1745-1833), the Bristol-born
writer, educationalist and abolitionist, was known for her charitable
work. The daughter of a schoolmaster, she and two of her sisters
founded the Academy for Young Ladies on College Green in 1762.
Hannah More (detail from Some
Who Have Made Bristol Famous).
became one of the country's leading schools. Keen to establish herself as a playwright, More moved to London in the 1770s, at first mixing with people of the theatre. She was increasingly drawn to the world of Evangelical Christians, writing her own moral works and encouraging the establishment of Sunday schools. Having settled with
her sisters in the Mendip Hills, she offered educational, spiritual
and financial help to Somerset miners and agricultural workers.
She spent her final years in Clifton.
Others associated with welfare
and social reform, and with Bristol include:
(1802-76), abolitionist champion of economic change and education
George Müller (1805-1898), Prussian-born preacher and philanthropist
who established orphanages on Ashley Down.
Mary Carpenter (1807-77), central figure in Bristol reform movement.
Mary Estlin (c 1820-1902), secretary of the Bristol & Clifton
Susanna Winkworth (1820-84), pioneered better housing for the
Agnes Beddoe (c 1832-1914), established the Bristol Emigration
Emma Saunders (1841-1927), known as The Railwaymen's Friend for
her charitable work.
Emily Sturge (1847-92), supporter of education for the poor,
girls and women.
Elizabeth Sturge (1849-1944), social and educational reformer.
Helen Sturge (1858-1945), campaigner for welfare of factory girls.
Catherine Grace (1907-1986), reformed education for children
with learning difficulties.