Blue Plaque commemorating Mary Willcocks to be unveiled

Friday 9th June at 16:00
88 Pennsylvania Road, Exeter
Mary Patricia Willcocks (1869-1952), author, lecturer and suffrage activist: a Celebration and Plaque Unveiling

Mary Willcocks lived in Exeter from 1908 and 1952. She became well-known as an author of romantic novels, set mostly in Devon, which featured strong female characters. Later in her writing career she abandoned novels for biographies and literary criticism. She spent much of her time on political and social activism, campaigning not just for women to get the vote, but on issues such as female unemployment, the need for women magistrates, and the welfare of people in prison.


In association with Devon History Society, Exeter Civic Society will unveil a blue plaque to commemorate her at 88 Pennsylvania Road, EX4 6DQ, on Friday 9th June 2023 at 4 pm. All are welcome at the unveiling and there is no need to book for this.


Prior to the unveiling, Devon History Society will present two talks by, Sheila Hancox and Julia Neville, about Mary Willcocks’s life and work. Tickets for this event are free, but places are limited because of the size of the room so pre-booking is essential. Places may be booked from 11 April 2023 onwards using this eventbrite link:



Date and Time for the talks: Friday June 9 2023, 2.30 p.m. Doors open 2.15 p.m.

Venue: Rougemont Room, Exeter Central Library, Castle Street, Exeter, Devon , EX4 3PQ.

The talks will be followed by a walk up to Pennsylvania Road for the unveiling of the plaque at 4.00 p.m

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