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Vanishing for the voteSuffrage, citizenship and the battle for the census$
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Jill Liddington

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087486

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087486.001.0001

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English journey: sweeping back down from Teesside to Thames

English journey: sweeping back down from Teesside to Thames

(p.183) 16 English journey: sweeping back down from Teesside to Thames
Vanishing for the vote

Jill Liddington

Manchester University Press

Middlesbrough, just beyond the North Yorkshire Moors, had a lively WFL branch and active plans for the boycott. But come census night, only two households ~ both prosperous business families ~ did not comply. Why? Further south, WSPU organizer in Bradford co-ordinated an impressive mass evasion. In Huddersfield, with a one-time very active WSPU branch, no suffragette apparently evaded locally. While in Sheffield, Adela Pankhurst hosted a mass evasion in the home she shared with another suffragette. This mixed pattern is echoed on the journey south ~ Nottingham, Ipswich and Portsmouth. Finally, this English journey meanders back down the Thames ~ past the riverside homes of individual census resisters, and a group of darkened evaders’ caravans parked on Wimbledon Common. At last the journey returns to central London and Battersea. Here Charlotte Despard naturally refused to provide any information. And nearby Muriel Matters inscribed her schedule defiantly ‘No Vote No Census’.

Keywords:   Middlesbrough, Bradford, Sheffield, Nottingham, Ipswich, Portsmouth, Despard, Matters

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