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‘Our Elizabeth’ Statue


A life-size sculpture of Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy, a nationally recognised campaigner for women’s, children and human rights stands proudly in Bridge Street in Congleton town centre.

‘Our Elizabeth’ was officially unveiled by The Baroness Lady Hale of Richmond on International Women’s Day (Tuesday 8th March 2022).

Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy, a nationally important woman who lived in Congleton for much of her life. She led the campaigns for girls’ education, for women to have rights within marriage, including owning property and having custody of their children, and women’s rights to vote.

The statue has been made by the award-winning sculptor Hazel Reeves who was also responsible for the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst which stands in Manchester.

Take a tour of the Elizabeth Heritage Trail. A 4.5 mile walk around the town, pointing out places that were connected to Elizabeth and her husband Ben. The Trail Map is available from the Congleton Information Centre.