Dickens Library
Mary Ward achieved fame in her lifetime as the best selling novelist Mrs Humphrey Ward. Her aim was to promote equalisation in society and the building was soon crammed with local residents. To this day Mary Ward is seen as the unsung hero for social reform and it is belived that the social welfare system we know today was based on her aspirations. The orginal misson statement is still visable on the back stair case of the building, the idea of settlement.

The house acted as a magnet for ordinary people who not only came to pursue intellectual interests and learn practical skills but to be part of a social and community network that included interest groups such as music, self-help groups, chess societies, and a center of training.
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