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Civic Society plaque honours Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft

Beverley Civic Society has unveiled a plaque to commemorate the childhood home of author Mary Wollstonecraft at No 2 Highgate. Mary was an English writer, philosopher and advocate of women’s rights and is best known for her book, The Vindication of the Rights of Women, published in 1792.

She lived in Highgate between 1771 and 1775 and the Civic Society also believe she may have been there in 1770 when her brother was christened in Beverley Minster. 

Mary lived in Beverley as the second daughter of a large family, and wrote of Beverley in one of her letters in 1774 that she “longed for a walk in my darling Westwood”.

Returning to Beverley in later life she wrote of how much she had enjoyed living in the town. The unveiling was attended by local MP Graham Stuart and the Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding, Mrs Susan Cunliffe Lister, and was followed by a reception at the Beverley Arms, where an image of Mary Wollstonecraft is currently being projected on to the hotel façade. 

Barbara English, an executive member of the Civic Society, told Beverley FM: “The society is determined to make this very famous woman better known in her home town.”