Elinor Sneshell

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Elinor Sneshell (fl. 1593) was a female barber surgeon who was active during the reign of Elizabeth I of England. In the 1593 Returns of Strangers in the Metropolis, she was listed as a widow originating from Valenciennes who had been resident in London for 26 years.[1] Sneshell was one of only two known female barber surgeons who practised during this period.[2]


  1. ^ Scouloudi, Irene. Returns of Strangers in the Metropolis 1593, 1627, 1635 and 1639. (1985), the Huguenot Society of London
  2. ^ Picard, Liza. Elizabeth's London (2003), Weidenfeld & Nicolson.