Above is the display in Stockport Heritage library with (L-R) Sophie and Hayley, HLF funded trainees who put together the display, and Andrew Simcock, the Manchester councillor spearheading the campaign for a female statue for Manchester.
Have you heard of Elizabeth Raffald?
Elizabeth lived at the dawn of the Industrial Age. Her name is unfamiliar to most Mancunians and yet she was a powerhouse of hard work and entrepreneurialism, something for which Manchester has always been renowned. She was a skilled confectionery cook, writer and businesswoman who lived in Manchester from 1763 , when she married at the age of 30, until she died in 1781. In that short time she produced a definitive cookbook and the first trade directory for Manchester, financed newspapers, wrote a book on midwifery and yet still found time to have a family. More about her here
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My next novel will be a story based on the life of The Experienced English Housekeeper, Elizabeth Raffald, who lived in Manchester in the 18th century. She is such a remarkable character I had to dedicate a whole page of this website to her, (See here). In 18 years in Manchester she achieved such a lot that it is a disgrace her name is mainly forgotten. I hope I can help put that right.
To start the process, I have produced a booklet about her to give some basic information on her tremendous achievements - the fictionalised biography is still to come...