As it’s International Women’s day, here is a short account of one Sligo lady who was considered ahead of her time for highlighting social issues and provided literary inspiration for the gothic novel Dracula.
Charlotte Blake Thornley Stoker (1818 – 1901)
Charlotte was described as ambitious, intelligent, vivacious and a social reformer. Charlotte grew up in Sligo with her brothers and parents in a house on Old Market Street. At fourteen, she witnessed the devastating Cholera epidemic that struck the town. She later vividly recounted the horrifying events to her children. She wrote an account of it, which she sent to her son, the author Bram Stoker. He used her account as inspiration in short stories and the novel Dracula.
Victims of Cholera
Charlotte frequented Longford House in Beltra, County Sligo. She is thought to have worked there perhaps as a tutor to the Crofton family children. Longford House was a…
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