A Celebration of Bishopsteignton Women

A project by Natalia Urry-Mackay for International Women’s Day 2022 on 8th March.

UPDATE (April 2022): The posters are now on display in the Bishopsteignton Heritage Hub. We are continuing our celebration of women’s stories in Bishopsteignton. To receive updates about this and other projects, sign up to our mailing list via our Contact page!

Natalia has helped create 8 posters featuring notable women who have lived and worked in Bishopsteignton.  Be sure to take a walk around the village to see all the posters and find out about some amazing Bishopsteignton Women!

This is just the first part of an ongoing project to celebrate women’s stories in Bishopsteignton. The coming weeks and months will bring more histories, research and maybe even some oral history interviews so keep an eye on our social media and sign up to our mailing list to get regular updates!

Here’s some information on where you can find each poster and some more reading if you want to find out more…

Dot Perkins

Dot’s portrait, 1994

Poster location: Old Commercial Inn, Clanage Street

Born 1924, died 1996. Achievements: the perfect pub landlady, “not one to cross”, wild driver.

Loved: whisky & lemonade; holidays in the Canary Islands.

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Lilian Benson

WI members at the 1975
Bishopsteignton Village Show

Poster location: Outside the Village Hall on Fore Street.

Born 1871, died 1958.

Achievements: first president and founding member of Bishopsteignton WI, spearheaded care for Second World War evacuees and Dunkirk survivors in Bishopsteignton, organised foraging of medicinal herbs in Bishopsteignton for the war effort.

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Lillian Green

Lillian c.1941

Poster location: Shute Hill, next to the War Memorial bench.

Born 1921, Veracruz, died 2021, Bishopsteignton House. Achievements: skilled driving instructor for the ATS, caring housewife, reached 100 years of age!

Loved: exploring the world with niece, Patricia.

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Mary Overill

Mary, 1941

Poster location: Fore Street, opposite the car park.

Born 1922, Buckfastleigh.

Achievements: service to the nation during the Second World War as a typist at the War Office; accomplished local china & glass retailer; long-term WI flower group member.

Loves: her 2 daughters; Bishopsteignton clubs and groups.

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Molly Coombe

Poster location: Top of Berry Hill (On the street she used to live with her family). 

Born 1929, Bishopsteignton, died 2007, Bishopsteignton.

Achievements: prolific village landlady and homeowner, supporter of Bishopsteignton village heritage.

Loved: cats and gardening.

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Rosaleen Cooper

Rosaleen, c.1990

Poster location: Fore Street next to the War Memorial.

Born 1894, Wimbledon, died 1989, Wimbledon.

Achievements: accomplished musician; poet and published writer; one of Britains first female G.P.s and doctor in Bishopsteignton for over 2 decades.

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Sheila Robbins

Mounted photograph of Bishopsteignton Carnival 1951 Personality Queen and two others
Sheila as Carnival Queen, 1951

Poster location: Fore Street, junction with Radway Hill.

Born 1932, Cork, died 2021, Bishopsteignton.

Achievements: British Empire Medal for her services to the village community; founder of the Bishopsteignton Players and Children’s Theatre; Bishopsteignton’s Glamorous Granny; much beloved dinner lady; “the smiling, welcoming face of Bishopsteignton”.

Loved: village history and community groups.

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Sybil Atkinson

Sybil Atkinson Scrapbook front cover
Sybil c.1985

Poster location: Next to the Post Office on Fore Street.

Born 1909, died 2004.

Achievements: Teignbridge Senior Citizens’ Talent Contest winner 1978 and 1979, talented dancer and excellent dresser.

Loved: any excuse to come up with a fantastic costume!

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