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Belloc, Elizabeth Rayner, 1829 - 1925 (nee Parkes, campaigner for women's rights and journalist)



  • Existence: 1829 - 1925

Dates and places

Born Birmingham 1827. Died London 1925.

Geographical areas

Childhood spent in Birmingham. Educated at Leam, Warwickshire. Adult life before marriage spent in London, with frequent visits to Hastings. After marriage in 1867 lived in La Celle St Cloud, near Paris. In old age returned to live in London.

Legal status / Nationality


Sphere of activity

Worked as a writer and journalist all her adult life; also an active supporter for the campaigns for women's work, suffrage, legal rights and education.

Admin / Family structure

Married Louis Belloc in 1867.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:


Diary of Anne Elizabeth Fisher, later Pike, vol XI, 1861-04-16 - 1874-02-22

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCPP/AMO/11
Scope and Contents Diary entries up to 3 September 1863. Includes, at back: list of books read, 1861-62. Also includes pressed flowers, newspaper cuttings [including ones relating to the death of William Bennett Pike, May 1873], letter from Sarah Davison to 'Annie' from Hartlepool, 31 Dec 1861, sending new year wishes and with news of her daughter, Ada, following the breaking off of her engagement, letter from J L Bereton to 'Mrs Pike' from Norwich House, 4 July 1863, relating to a book and dealing with grief...
Dates: 1861-04-16 - 1874-02-22

Personal Papers of Bessie Rayner Parkes, 1654 - 2006

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Parkes
Scope and Contents The papers have been acquired by Girton College in several deposits. The original batch was arranged and listed in 1985 and consists of personal writings, diary fragments, correspondence, newspaper cuttings and unpublished material for a biography of Bessie's early life. Additional papers donated in 2013 were arranged and listed in 2014: these comprise chiefly papers of and relating to Louise Swanton Belloc and family. Correspondence forms a large percentage of the archive (perhaps about...
Dates: 1654 - 2006