In the hard-fought battle for women's rights, Mary Taylor was an early pioneer. She was born in 1817 at The Red House Gomersal, pictured above. Refusing to accept restrictions in law, employment, education and society she urged women to win independence and financial security. Mary wrote important feminist articles for a national magazine and published three books. Her extraordinary life included teaching boys (unheard of!) in Germany, leading other women mountain-climbing in Europe, running a business in New Zealand and influencing her lifelong friend Charlotte Bronte. Mary's last years were spent living at High Rising, Spen Lane Gomersal (now the Gomersal Lodge Hotel) and she is buried at St Mary's Church Gomersal.