Charity Taylor

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Charity Taylor (16 September 1914 – 4 January 1998) was a medical doctor and prison administrator. In 1945, she was appointed the first woman Governor of Holloway Prison.[1] Taylor was the first woman prison governor in the United Kingdom[2]

Taylor was born May Doris Charity Clifford in 1914 in Woking and studied medicine at the Royal Free Hospital. She was appointed assistant medical officer at Holloway in 1942, later becoming medical officer, before becoming governor in 1945.[1]

Personal life[edit]

She married the physician Stephen Taylor (later Baron Taylor) in 1939.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Daniel Yates (7 January 1998). "Obituary: Lady Taylor". The Independent. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Funny Girls, Diane Atkinson, p.59