Derbyshire's Suffragettes and Suffragists The Growing List...

 

Anne Brewer Mickleover , Derby- 1908/09 Joint NUWSS Branch Secretary

Bridgette Martin

 

Daisy Bullock Adsett Cottage, College Street

 

Mrs Mary Anne Clayton -  Chesterfield based printer, bookseller and dealer of antique  china, Chaired a meeting on women's suffrage in Dronfield on Sept 8th 1874

 

Mrs Ashwell Cooke Brakendale, Lightwood Road Buxton. First Secretary of Buxton NUWSS IN 1913

 

Mrs Sowter/ Sowler? Field House, Duffield  NUWSS Branch Secretary 1913

 

Elsa Gye

 

Miss Goldthorpe 5 Lord Street Glossop

 

Miss N.C. Hague 12 Drummond Road

 

Winifred Jones Chesterfield

 

Alderman Frederic Longdon - was also a Quaker, mill owner and founder of the Derby Coco and Coffee House on Osamaston Rd Derby.

 

Bridget Martin  Darley Abbey Vicarage 1908 /09  Joint NUWSS Branch Secretary

 

Winnie Mason Derby

 

Alfred Mason Derby

 

Ruth Prinsep, Derby

 

Miss C.D. Simpson Lynton

 

Frances Sutcliffe 9 Hartington Road, Branch of Chruch League for Women's Suffrage formed in Buxton in 1913. She was also a member of NUWSS, the Conservative and Unionist Women's Franchise Association and the Yorkshire Ladies Council of Education

 

Alice Wheeldon Derby

 

Hettie Wheeldon Derby

 

Mrs Worthington (Kirkstyles, Duffield) NUWSS Branch Secretary 1912

 

NB to this list we wish to add 

Hannah Mitchell - Alport Castles, Hope Woodlands, Derbyshire Peak District. Hannah was the daughter of a farmer, she was the fourth of six children. her father taught her to read but she was not permitted a formal education. In her early years she spent much time at home helping her mother with domestic chores and grew up with the expectation that she would look after her father and brothers, which she resented.

It was in her formative years Derbyshire that she became acutely aware of gender inequality in the domestic sphere. She also observed the seemingly inevitable early marriages of girls around her to "farm lads", in order to avoid having children out of wedlock, and was keen to avoid the same fate. She later said in her autobiography that her mother was a bad-tempered and violent woman who sometimes made her children sleep in the barn. At age 13 she became an apprentice dressmaker, to earn extra money for her impoverished family but by 14 she left home to live in Bolton, Lancashire after an  argument with her mother , where she found work as a dressmaker and in domestic service. We maintain that by age 14, Hannah was nearly at adult as the seeds for her subsequent activism  were already sewn and had begin to grow. We therefore lay claim to the amazing suffragette that she would later become. To read more click here.

 

Florence Nightingale - Florence was of course born in Italy but she grew up between her two family homes at Embley, in Hampshire and Lea Hurst, in Derbyshire. Florence maintained her links with Lea until her death on 13 August 1910

 

We found reports of Suffrage meetings being held at Derby Town hall as early as February 9th1875, chaired by Alderman Frederick Longdon, Lydia Becker and Caroline Biggs were speakers.  However the signing of The  1869 Petition by 27 women at Smedley's Hydro Matlock suggests much earlier suffrage activism.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

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