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Wolds Women of Influence

April 6 at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm



To celebrate the influence of  women in the locality 100 years ago, a talk about those who came from the Wolds area of Lincolnshire will be presented.


This fascinating exhibition features Lincolnshire Wolds’ women of influence from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Along with prominent women such as Jessie Boucherett, who used their social position, wealth and privilege to benefit the lives of women, the exhibition sheds light on those women who made a difference locally by running businesses and taking on positions of power.

The stories of these women are just as relevant to our lives today and the exhibition shows how these women’s legacies continue to inspire us.

Women featured include:

  • Jessie Boucherett of Willingham Hall – Founder of the Society for the Promotion of Employment of Women and suffrage campaigner, involved in the 1866 Petition to Parliament considered the founding of the modern Fawcett Society
  • Louisa Boucherett – Pioneered a boarding out scheme for workhouse children at Caistor and influential on the local political scene
  • Ann Dixon of Holton le Moor – Farming estate moderniser and philanthropist
  • Margaret Wintringham of Louth – The second woman to take her seat in Parliament
  • Emily Massingberd of Gunby Hall – Political campaigner
  • Mrs Alda Blount Nettleship of Market Rasen – Alderman and Urban District Councillor
  • Mrs Winifred Gledhill – Founder and Principal of Sheffield Manor School in Market Rasen

Curators and Researchers:

Members of the Lincoln Branch of the Fawcett Society

Dr Caroline Mogg – University of Lincoln

Angela Wilson – Volunteer Local History Researcher

Beka Smith – Freelance Researcher

Nicola Marshall – Project Manager for Market Rasen Town Council


The Wolds Women of Influence exhibition was first staged at Market Rasen’s Old Police Station in the summer of 2018 to mark a 100 years’ of democracy for women.

Market Rasen Town Council has generously supported the exhibition since its inception and continues to support it on its journey around the Lincolnshire Wolds and further afield.

The Fawcett Society contributed their display about Jessie Boucherett which was staged at North Willingham Church in 2016 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Fawcett Society.

Rase Heritage Society and Market Rasen Hub helped with local research and administration.

We are grateful to the National Trust for permission to use their images and text of Emily Massingberd.

Grateful thanks to Futures for Women and Dr Ann Bridger for their original assistance and support of the Fawcett Society Exhibition at North Willingham in 2016, the Wolds Women of Influence Exhibition in 2018 and ongoing Wolds Women of Influence Tour.


April 6
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
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Patricia Duke-Cox
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