Blue Plaque Celebrates Mary Patricia Susan Willcocks, Devon writer and campaigner

The Society has put up a blue plaque to celebrate Mary Patricia Susan Willcocks (1869 - 1952), a Devon author, lecturer and campaigner. The plaque can found at 88 Pennsylvania Road, Exeter, Mary’s home from 1915 to 1941.

A celebratory afternoon took place on June 9th. It began with two talks about her life and work, given by Devon History Society members Sheila Hancox and Julia Neville, followed by a plaque dedication at 88 Pennsylvania Road, performed by Nicholas Toms, a descendant of Mary’s mother’s family. Those who attended were presented with copies of a booklet about Mary Willcocks’ life and work produced and given by members of Ivybridge History and Archives Group who were present at the event.


Donations towards the cost of the plaque were made by Exeter City Council and the West of England and South Wales Womens’ History Network, with the cost of the lecture and refreshments being paid by members of Devon History Society, and these generous contributions made the plaque possible and gave us an enjoyable and informative afternoon. We are grateful to the owners of 88 Pennsylvania Road for giving us permission to put up the plaque, and to Star Students, the letting company who manage the property, who generously fixed the plaque up for us.