Quaker Man Dressed in Simplicity
300 years of Quakers in Tottenham

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Tottenham Quakers

Priscilla Wakefield the philanthropist

While Priscilla's national reputation was as a children's writer, her local reputation in Tottenham was as a philanthropist.

Lying-in Charity for Women
In 1791 Priscilla formed the Lying-in Charity for Women. Supported by annual subscription, it provided help to about 120 poor women a year during childbirth, providing linen and a small amount of money. It continued well into the nineteenth century.

School for Industry
This was founded in 1792, largely as a result of efforts by Priscilla Wakefield. It was originally for thirty six girls who were taught reading, writing, sewing, knitting and arithmetic. It was built on a site practically opposite what is now Bruce Grove Station.


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