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Mark’s History: The suffragist and dancer imprisoned in Armley’s jail

Words and photos: Mark Stevenson

Leeds Borough Gaol was completed in 1847 and originally it housed both male and female prisoners.

Lilian Ida Lenton (1891 – 1972) was probably the most well-known female prisoner. She was an English Dancer, Suffragist and winner of a French Red Cross Medal for her service as an Orderly in World War I. 

Below are three census entries from 1881, 1891 and 1901 showing some of the prisoners from Leeds Borough Gaol.

Photo: Mark Stevenson

1881

ForenameSurnameAgeYear BornRelationBirth PlaceOccupation
AnnMurphy491832PrisonerGalway, IrelandFlan Spinner
AnnieFoster211860PrisonerBeeston Leeds, YorkshireCloth Weaver
SusannahWhitehead291852PrisonerSalford, LancashireMachinist
Rose AnnSmith211860PrisonerWelshpool, WalesDomestic Servant
Mary AnnPhillips521829PrisonerBradford, YorkshireWorsted Spinner
CatherineMatthews321849PrisonerDublin, IrelandUpholsterer
AnnieHumphrey351846PrisonerBristol, SomersetDress Maker
ElizaHardy291852PrisonerLeeds, YorkshireCloth Weaver

1891

ForenameSurnameAgeYear BornRelationBirth PlaceOccupation
ElizabethKelly341857Convicted PrisonerLeeds, YorkshireWool Weaver
Mary AnnJoyce191872Convicted PrisonerBradford, YorkshireWorsted Spinner
JaneDumphy331858Convicted PrisonerLeeds, YorkshireFlax Spinner
Mary AnnWilliams301861Convicted PrisonerLeeds, YorkshireJewellery Hawker
Mary JaneRatcliffe361855Convicted PrisonerBradford, YorkshireCook (Domestic Servant)
Margeret AnnAdams271864Convicted PrisonerBatley, YorkshireWoollen Mill Machine Feeder
Mary JaneGilligan181873Convicted PrisonerBradford, YorkshireCotton Spinner
EllenGrogan281863Convicted PrisonerOldham, LancashireWorsted Spinner
MargaretDenham191872Convicted PrisonerMiddlesbrough, YorkshireFlax Spinner

1901

ForenameSurnameAgeYear BornRelationBirth PlaceOccupation
AnartiaCrawley221879PrisonerIrelandProstitute None
AnnCarroll401861PrisonerLiverpool, LancashireProstitute None
ElizabethConnor351866PrisonerLiverpool, LancashireProstitute None
MaryCoyle221879PrisonerLiverpool, YorkshireProstitute None
AnnCassidy311870PrisonerLiverpool, LancashireNone
MaryChester301871PrisonerSkipton, YorkshireCotton Worsted Millhand
LenaFlannery251876PrisonerIndiaProstitute None
ClaraFellows251876PrisonerSheffield, YorkshireNone
MargaretFlynn301871PrisonerLiverpool, LancashireNone
NellyFraser291872PrisonerScotlandProstitute None
ElizabethFindley411860PrisonerIrelandProstitute None

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