W E Forster
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member flipflopnick
N 54° 25.823 W 002° 57.981
30U E 502182 N 6031408
Quick Description: William Edward Forster was a Liberal MP who brought in the first education reform acts in 1867-68. He lived between 1818 and 1886. His gravestone is right next to Charlotte Mason's, another education reformer whose ideas are still used today.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/14/2012 7:30:09 AM
Waymark Code: WMDQD6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member rangerroad
Views: 3

Long Description:
WE Forster was born to Quaker parents in Bridport, Dorset. He was educated in a Quaker school, but did not join the family business. Instead entering the woollen trade. He married in 1850, Dr Thomas Arnold's eldest daughter, Jane Martha. She was not a Quaker and they were cordially banned from the Quaker meetings. By default becoming Church of England. That is how WE Forster is buried in an Anglican churchyard.

The Arnold's had a home at Fox How, near Ambleside. (visit link) The Forsters had no children. They officially adopted Jane Martha's brother's four orphan children on his untimely death in 1859.

WE Forster political career started after a visit to Ireland with his Quaker father, distributing famine relief. Afterwards he lectured and spoke publicly about this and many subjects in need of reform.

Flickr photo (visit link)
Armitt Local museum (visit link)
Streetmap (visit link)
His wife was daughter of a great educationalist and he sponsored the first education reform acts through parliament.

Date of birth: 7/11/1818

Date of death: 4/6/1886

Area of notoriety: Education

Marker Type: Headstone

Setting: Outdoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: daylight hours

Fee required?: No

Web site: [Web Link]

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