Fry Road, E6

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Named principally after Elizabeth Fry (May 21, 1780 РOctober 21 1845), the prison reformer, Quaker and philanthropist. Born Elizabeth Gurney into a wealthy Norfolk banking family she married Joseph Fry, an heir to the chocolate manufacturing family whose estate was in Plashet, in 1800. She became a passionate supporter of prison reform after seeing the conditions of women prisoners at Newgate Gaol. In 1817 she helped found the Association for the Reformation of the Female Prisoners in Newgate. Nearby Elizabeth Road is also named in her honour, Katherine Road, E6 and E7, is named after her daughter, and Norfolk Road after her ancestral home. There is also an Elizabeth Fry Place in SE18.

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