Social Reformer
Born 1854-1937
Mary moved to Oldham with her husband and four children in 1891 when he became minister of Greenacres Congregional Church.

Mary became an active member of various religious and philanthropic organisations, including visiting Workhouses and organising a home for destitute women, and established the Beautiful Oldham Society 1902.

She visited workhouses and lodging houses dressed as a tramp, to get a first hand view of the destitution in which homeless people have  to deal with. Her experiences, warts and all were told in her book. 'Glimpses into the Abyss'.

Mary believed that the poor should receive family allowances, and pensions.

She received an O.B.E. in 1937. 


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