Folk Olympics: Elizabeth Fry And Prison Reform

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Folk Olympics: Elizabeth Fry And Prison Reform

A fortnightly celebration of the folk history of the Olympic boroughs, in story and song.

As the final week of our Olympic Borough Folk Olympics tour approaches, Ruairidh Anderson presents the third instalment for the Borough of Newham, the life of Elizabeth Fry.

‘The idea of waking up in our own filth and in very close proximity to someone of questionable looks and an equally low level level of personal hygiene is for many of us simply a fond memory of university days, but for many Londoners it was a very grim reality. That was before the arrival of a shy girl forever linked to the borough of Newham.’

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The lyrics to this song can be found here.

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Previously in Tower Hamlets

Last Updated 14 August 2012