Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Landmarks on Long March for Votes

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Landmarks on Long March for Votes

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MOSS Side born suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst won the equal fight for votes for women less than a century ago - and this week Hollywood marks her contribution in new movie Suffragette, portrayed on screen by Meryl Streep.

Some of the most exciting episodes in the story of the Pankhurst family and The Suffragettes may have played out in London and overseas, but Manchester has a good number of important landmarks relating to the cause.

It was here that Emmeline Pankhurst's story began, then Emmeline Goulden, and our list charts some of the people and places that made her want to stand up and lead the cause for equal rights.

THE FREE TRADE HALL (NOW RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN HOTEL) After the Peterloo Massacre (at which Emmeline's father, Robert Goulden, was present and had reportedly escaped death by hiding in a cellar from the advancing cavalry) left 11 people dead and many injured in the cause, meetings became determined and well supported - but the first public meeting to specifically address the case for women's suffrage happened in 1868 at this historic public venue on Peter Street.

The Women's Suffrage Journal editor, Chadderton-born Lydia Becker, addressed the crowd, as did liberal barrister Dr Richard Pankhurst, who would (a decade later) go on to marry Emmeline.

STRANGEWAYS PRISON Another meeting at the Free Trade Hall in 1905 led to the arrest of Emmeline's eldest daughter and activist Christabel Pankhurst, along with Saddleworth cotton worker and fellow suffragette Annie Kenney after they interrupted a Liberal Party meeting, loudly demanding votes for women.

They were both sent to prison for refusing to pay a five shilling fine for spitting at a police officer.

62 NELSON STREET, CHORLTON ON MEDLOCK The former home of Emmeline Pankhurst, by now a widow with four children, is where the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) was born in 1903, coining its motto 'deeds, not words'. …

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