Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917) —
Image by Benhall artist Jenny Toombs (1940-2018),
who also designed the title banner
for our local "Ebb and Flow" magazine
  "Elizabeth Garrett and Emily Davis presenting
the 1866 Women's Suffrage Petition to
Sir John Stuart Mill in Westminster Hall

painted in 1910 by Miss Bertha Newcombe
  Millicent Garrett Fawcett
her statue in Parliament Square
is the only one there of a woman.

Elizabeth was the first woman to openly gain a medical qualification in Britain.
She created a medical school, and was the first woman mayor in England.

Millicent (Elizabeth's sister)
was the suffragist leader of the
National Union of
Women's Suffrage Societies.

Their niece, Margery Spring Rice (née Garrett) (1887-1970), was a "Pioneer of Women's Health" — we have her biography;  our Ref-ID is "BIO MS RICE".

Elizabeth's daughter and biographer, Louisa Garrett Anderson, established WWI military hospitals in France and Endell Street (London).


Newson Garrett (1812–1893) built Snape Maltings.  He was the father of Elizabeth and Millicent, who gave Snape School to the village in memory of their parents, Newson and Louisa.
Newson's grandfather, Richard Garrett (1755-1839), had founded the business that became Richard Garrett & Sons and which, under the management of Newson's brother Richard (III, 1807-1886), built The Long Shop in Leiston as the world's first "flow line" assembly plant in 1852, after meeting Samuel Colt at the Great Exhibition of 1851 — see
☞ A timeline for the business and a list of useful information sources are at,
whilst a genealogy of the Garrett Family can be viewed at
Also visit



A unique collection of 13 Victorian portraits, owned by Snape Parish Council, are displayed at Snape Maltings.  Unusually for the time in which they were painted, eleven portraits are of working-class individuals, Newson Garrett’s employees, many of whom are buried at Snape churchyardYou can read more about the portraits here