Female Benefit Club 1798-1799

Unfortunately Priscilla’s journal for 1797 is lost but many of the entries for 1798 and 1799 are concerned with her philanthropic activities. She started a laying-in charity for expectant mothers, a soup kitchen and spinning for the poor.

The charity that would excite her the most was a Female Benefit Club. While she was visiting her son Edward in Romford in 1798 she ‘drew up a plan’ but feared that ‘I shall not be able to overcome the obstacles that arise against the establishment of a Female Club in this town at this time ‘.

But she did achieve her objective and established the Female Benefit Club in Tottenham. Members contributed amounts depending on their age receiving a pension at 70. It also provided small loans to be repaid monthly and a savings scheme for children.

Her efforts in this area have earned her recognition as a founder of the first English savings banks.

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