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Marv Taylor was born in Yorkshire in 1817. She met Charlotte Bronte while at school and they became life-long friends, along with Ellen Nussey. Mary was a very "strong-minded" woman for t...he period - she studied in Brussels, taught at a boys school in Germany and emigrated to New Zealand before returning to her native Yorkshire village. She often shocked her friends with her outspoken views on work: she thought that all women - even married women - should have the right to work, and that, indeed, this was the first duty of women. Little is known of her last 30 years - the time she spent in the comfortable house she had built in Gomersal and Joan Bellamy is keen to continue her research into Mary Taylor and find out about her activities in the years up to her death in 1892.
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Series: Arts Review
Episode 9 (1989)
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Duration: 00:19:00
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Producer: Betty Talks
Contributors: Joan Bellamy; Jenny Lecoat
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Charlotte Bronte; Ellen Nussey; Gomersal; Mary Taylor; Mrs Gaskell
Master spool number: 89YA0417
Production number: 89YA0417
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