Eleanor, Elizabeth Macadam and the Victoria Women’s Settlement

Greenbank

The Rathbone family home

‘One of Eleanor’s most recent activities had been membership of the Committee of the Victoria Women’s Settlement in Everton: a working-class neighbourhood spread along the hill  overlooking the Mersey across the rooftops of the notorious Scotland Division. During her absence (a visit with her mother to the West Indies following her father’s death in 1902), the Committee had occasion to appointed a new Warden and had selected for the post a young Scottish social worker, experienced in London settlement work, but new to Liverpool: one Elizabeth Macadam. Eleanor’s first encounter with the new Warden occurred upon the crowded platform of the small St George’s Hall in the intervals of a display of girl’s club activities. A perfunctory introduction ensued and – as was the Rathbone custom when confronted with social workers new to Liverpool – an invitation to Sunday lunch at Greenbank.’ Mary D. Stocks, Eleanor Rathbone, A Biography (London: Gollancz, 1949) pp.57-8

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The Victoria Settlement, Netherfield Road, Everton. Circa 1900s

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