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Well done to Dan Stubbs, Director of Inspired Film and Video (see for correctly identifying the location of our last Friday Quiz and a Bottle Oven in Stoke.  Dan – you have been ‘Named & Famed’!

Onto this week’s Friday Quiz.  We are working a lot in Walsall (West Midlands) at the moment, and came across this statue of ‘Sister Dora’.  ‘Who was Sister Dora, and why does she justify such an impressive statue?’

Answers via this Blog Page please, and a lucky winner who will be drawn out of my hat will have the opportunity to be ‘Named & Famed’ on this site.

Good luck!

Kindest regards

Edwin :-)




3 Responses so far.

  1. Robert Read says:

    Sister Dora (born Dorothy Wyndlow Pattison, 16 January 1832, Hauxwell, Yorkshire – 24 December 1878, Walsall) was a 19th century Church of England nun and a nurse in Walsall, Staffordshire.

    She was the second-youngest child of the Rev. Mark James Pattison, and sister of the scholar |Mark Pattison Jnr. From 1861–1864, she ran the village school at Little Woolstone, Buckinghamshire.
    In the autumn of 1864, she joined the Sisterhood of the Good Samaritans at Coatham, Middlesbrough and devoted her life to nursing. She was sent to work at Walsall’s hospital in Bridge Street and arrived in Walsall on 8 January 1865. The rest of her life was spent in Walsall and it was there that in local eyes she became to be compared with Florence Nightingale.
    Later she worked at the Cottage Hospital at The Mount.
    In 1875, when Walsall was hit by smallpox, Sister Dora worked for six months at an epidemic hospital being set up in Deadman’s Lane (now Hospital Street). During 1876, Sister Dora attended more than 12,000 patients.
    The last two years of her life, Sister Dora worked at the hospital in Bridgeman Street, overlooking the South Staffordshire Railway (later the London and North Western Railway). It was there that she developed a special bond of friendship with railway workers who often suffered in industrial accidents. The railwaymen gave her a pony and a carriage and even raised the sum of £50 from their own wages to enable Sister Dora to visit housebound patients more easily.
    In 1877 Sister Dora developed breast cancer, and died on Christmas Eve in 1878. At her funeral on 28 December the town of Walsall turned out to see her off to Queen Street Cemetery, borne by eighteen railwaymen, engine drivers, porters and guards, all in working uniform. On her death Florence Nightingale was paid the following tribute, ‘May every nurse, though not gifted with Sister Dora’s genius, grow in training and care of her patients, that none but may be better for her care, whether for life or death’. Her epitaph read, ‘Quietly I came among you and quietly let me go’.

  2. Sister Dora Statue, The Bridge, Walsall

  3. Jessica Clare says:

    Sister Dora was a 19th century Church of England nun and a nurse in Walsall. She has an impressive statue because she devoted her life into nursing and we should follow her example..

Wider Impact Consultancy, Edwin Lewis