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.....