The youngest daughter of the famous Liberal statesman Miss Helen Gladstone, who was born in 1849, first distinguished herself as a student at Newnham College, of which she was vice-principal from 1882 to 1896. Then she became interested in social work in London, and immediately after her father's death, in 1898, left Hawarden to become a resident at the Women's University Settlement at Southwark, which has for its object the brightening of the lives of those whom Dame Fortune has ignored. In April, 1910, Miss Gladstone went back to Hawarden, to the great regret of hundreds of poor people in Southwark, who had come to regard her as their chief helper and counsellor in times of trouble. But she still takes the keenest interest in the work of the settlement. Such is her popularity in Southwark that an inmate of one of the common lodging-houses once offered to marry her, " if he were satisfied that she had sufficient means."
Miss Helen Gladstone Elliott Fry