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Permission was given for a blue plaque to commemorate the life of this extraordinary woman, Elizabeth Raffald, at the Arden Arms in Stockport centre. It is the only building still standing that can claim any connection with her. The pub was built by her nephew, George Raffald in 1815 and she is buried nearby in the Raffald family vault at St Mary's.
The plaque was delivered to Frederic Robinson Ltd care of Dennis Robinson, see picture above.
L-R in the photo : Dean Fitzpatrick, councillor for education; Anne Kelly, for The Heatons WI, whose members gave generously to the fundraising; David Jackson, 6th generation direct descendant of Elizabeth Raffald whose family donated in memory of their mother, Connie Jackson; Dennis Robinson, Olga Shipperbottom who donated to the fund in memory of her husband Roy, a previous biographer of Elizabeth; Me; Sheila Booth for The Heatons WI; Margaret Hope, David’s sister; and her husband, Brian Hope.
On March 3rd the plaque was officially launched with a short celebration at the pub. The date is special for Elizabeth's story as it is the anniversary of her wedding day in 1763 and I plan to hold a commemoration at the pub every year.
A place for all Elizabeth Raffald fans to share news and ideas about this amazing woman. It is shocking that she has been forgotten for so long and I hope to be able to revive her fame at least in the area where she carried out so many of her achievements.
My short booklet of Elizabeth Raffald's incredible life story and her achievements are now on sale in two locations in Stockport Town Centre. Both the tourist Information office and the Heritage Centre in St Mary's church on Stockport's historic Marketplace now have them for sale, at the usual price, £5 each.
I have retyped the 18th century script into modern type and reproduced the original cookbook in modern paperback and ebook format. It is available on Amazon here or direct from me, price £10 plus p+p
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, and a reproduction of her cookbook - the fictionalised biography is still to come...