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Elizabeth Fry

Elizabeth Fry (née Gurney; 21 May 1780 – 12 October 1845) was an English prison reformer, social reformer and philanthropist.

Elizabeth was the sister of Joseph John Gurney, born in Gurney Court, off Magdalen Street in 1780 - she married the Quaker Joseph Fry.

She later became a Quaker minister and English prison reformer, campaigning for better conditions for female prisoners and also for those sentenced to transportation.

Fry was the driving force in legislation to make the treatment of prisoners more humane. Since 2002, she has been depicted on the Bank of England £5 note.



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