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Beatrice Webb

Simkin, John (2014) Beatrice Webb. Spartacus Educational, Internet.

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Abstract

"Beatrice Potter, the eighth daughter of Richard Potter and Laurencina Heyworth, was born on 2nd January, 1858, at Standish House in Gloucestershire. Her grandfather was Richard Potter, the Radical MP for Wigan. ... While working in Lancashire Beatrice Potter became interested in the good work achieved by the different co-operative societies that existed in most of Britain's industrial towns. She began involved in writing a book on the subject (The Co-operative Movement) and was advised to contacted Sidney Webb, who had also researched this aspect of working-class life. Her initial reaction was not very positive. She wrote in her diary: "his tiny tadpole body, unhealthy skin, cockney pronunciation, poverty, are all against him". They eventually became close friends and in 1892 she agreed to marry him. She wrote in her diary that "it is only the head that I am marrying." Beatrice had an income of £1,000 that she had inherited from her rich father. This money enabled Sidney to give up his post as a Civil Servant and he now concentrated on his political work." - extracts. Accessed 14 October 2015.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: By John Simkin (john@spartacus-educational.com) © September 1997 (updated August 2014).
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2015 15:39
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2016 13:53
URI: http://webbs.library.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/767

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