As part of the Forgotten Women of Wakefield project, Dreamtime Creative, with support from Wakefield Library services, Wakefield Civic Society and the Friends of CHaT Parks, have now unveiled a blue plaque for Lady Catherine Milnes Gaskell who had lived in Thornes House. Lady Catherine (1856-1935) came to Wakefield after her marriage to Charles Milnes Gaskell in 1876. She supported the health, education and well being of Wakefield’s poorest communities and founded the Wakefield-based division of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade in 1911, which during the First World War delivered care at the city’s former Clayton Hospital. Lady Catherine grew alpine plants at Thornes House and sold them to raise funds during the 1st World War. She was a published writer and friend of many of the leading authors of the day. Her Blue Plaque is on the wall of the Gardener’s House in Thornes Park.
The lovely photo of Lady Catherine is The lovely photo of Lady Catherine in 1889 is courtesy of the Wakefield Museum Photo Collection Online:
The unveiling of the blue plaque is on YouTube: