Meredith Jemima Brown


Meredith Brown was the daughter of the Rev David Brown and Catherine Dyce. Born in Glasgow and brought up in Aberdeen, she moved to London at the time of her mother’s death. She became concerned about the lives being led by factory girls in the East End. She and a friend experienced this aspect of life by disguising themselves as factory girls and she subsequently wrote a book based on this experience, Only a Factory Girl. The proceeds of this book allowed her to purchase a house and set up the Shaftesbury Institute. She directed this institution for the remainder of her life. The Institute provided a place where girls could spend a safe, and teetotal evening out, and a cheap B & B for girls arriving in London.

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