Churches included in list of sites of suffragette protest and sabotage

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    Some 41 places where suffragettes gathered, protested and targeted for sabotage are having their records on the nation’s heritage list updated to reflect their part in the fight for women to get the vote, heritage agency Historic England said.

    They include well-known places such as Westminster Abbey, where services were interrupted and the coronation chair was damaged by a bomb, theatres which hosted suffragette plays or were targeted by protests, and art galleries where paintings were damaged.

     

    Also on the list is The Church of St Anne, Aigburth Road in Liverpool. It was attacked overnight to damage property not people, with arson destroying the pulpit, choir stalls and damaging the new organ.

    St Edmund’s Church, Hunstanton in Norfolk was the site of a protest in which a woman interrupted a service with a prayer in gendered language referring to the church as “she”.

    Other sites include a Birmingham school where two suffragettes were so “charmed with this old-world room” they could not bear to set it on fire, according to a message they left on the blackboard.

    Post boxes which were firebombed and Bow Street court, London, where suffragette leaders were tried, have also had their place in the fight recognised.

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