Dorothea Beale

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Dorothea Beale
Dorothea Beale.jpg
Born (1831-03-21)21 March 1831
Bishopsgate, England
Died 9 November 1906(1906-11-09) (aged 75)
Nationality British
Occupation Educator, suffragette
Known for founder of St Hilda's College, Oxford
Memorial to Dorothea Beale in Gloucester Cathedral

Dorothea Beale LLD (21 March 1831 – 9 November 1906) was a suffragist, educational reformer, author and Principal of the Cheltenham Ladies' College.


Born in Bishopsgate, England, she was the founder of St Hilda's College, Oxford.[1]

Miss Beale was appointed headmistress of the Clergy Daughters' School in Lancashire in 1857, but soon moved on to become Principal of Cheltenham Ladies' College, a post which she held until her death. In 1885, she founded a new institution, St Hilda's College, Cheltenham - a teachers' training college. In 1893, she founded St Hilda's Hall at Oxford, later St Hilda's College, Oxford. She was an active supporter of the suffragette movement. In 1865, she was one of the co-founders of the Kensington Society, a discussion group that became the London Society for Women's Suffrage.[2]

In October 1901, she received the honorary freedom of the Borough of Cheltenham for her work with the ladies′ college,[3] and the following year she received an honorary doctorate (LL.D.) from the University of Edinburgh.[4]

After her death she was cremated in Birmingham before being buried at Gloucester Cathedral.

Her name is associated with that of Frances Buss in a satirical rhyme:

Miss Buss and Miss Beale,
Cupid's darts do not feel.
How different from us,
Miss Beale and Miss Buss.

The lines refer to their unmarried state and their dedication to the cause of women's education.


  1. ^ "Our History". St Hilda's College, Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DY. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Chisholm 1911.
  3. ^ "Court circular" The Times (London). Tuesday, 29 October 1901. (36598), p. 7.
  4. ^ "University intelligence" The Times (London). Monday, 10 March 1902. (36711), p. 11.

 Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Beale, Dorothea". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.