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Swarthmore Education Centre (Woodhouse) (2 comments)
Colour image13th October 1999 View of Swarthmore Education Centre in Woodhouse Square. It moved initially to number 4 in 1919 but now occupies numbers 2 to 7. No. 6 Woodhouse Square was home to wealthy philanthropist Ellen Heaton, her blue plaque reads - '(1816-94) Lived in 6 Woodhouse Square from 1859-94. She was an influential Pre-Raphaelite art patron and an active campaigner for women's rights, education, health, environmental issues and anti-vivisection. Her friend, the poet Christina Rossetti, stayed here'. Swarthmore Education Centre has welcomed LGBT+ groups for decades. Between 1973 and 1994, it was the meeting place of the Leeds branch of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, whose activities involved lobbying MPs and supporting protest work. A mixed group, with male and female members, they also held discos at Swarthmore. It’s this social side that has kept the group going to the present day, when they still meet, as of 2020, under the name Leeds Gay Community at the premises of Yorkshire MESMAC. Swarthmore is also the rehearsal space of Gay Abandon, one of the country’s longest-running LGBT choirs, founded in 1999. Link to full story with transcript on WYQS: https://wyqs.co.uk/stories/friend-a-1970s-telephone-helpline-in-leeds/full-interview
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The Headrow nos. 147 - 155 Athenaeum House (City Centre)
Black & White image1st January 1950. The South-West side of The Headrow showing Athenaeum House, number 147 Dunlop and Ranken Ltd. engineers, 151 Ellons Duplicator Co. Ltd., 153 empty, 155 T. Hamblin Ltd. opticians. A man stands in front with a measuring stick. During the early 1900s this part of The Headrow was still part of Park Lane. This building held No.9 Park Lane and held the office of the Leeds Committee of the National Society for Women's Suffrage founded in 1871. The society was later re-founded as the Leeds Women's Suffrage Society in 1913. They joined the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies in 1898. Isabella and Bessie Ford helped to form the society in 1890 with Bessie as treasurer and Mrs Rose E. Thornton as the hon. sec.
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W.S.P.U Procession to Woodhouse Moor (Woodhouse)
Black & White image28th July 1908. Image shows a group of women carrying placards and banners as they take part in the Women's Social & Political Union's Procession to Woodhouse Moor where a huge rally was held. On a fine Sunday, 28th July 1908, they began their march from the Town Hall. Bands played on Woodhouse Moor where thousands of people, both men and women, had gathered to listen to the various speakers from the 10 platforms. One of the most famous of the suffragettes to address the crowds was Adela Pankhurst, daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and sister of Sylvia and Christabel, all leaders of the British Suffrage movement. Also speaking was Emmeline Pethick Lawrence who in 1912 was arrested with her husband and Emmeline Pankhurst for taking part in a window smashing campaign. They famously went on hunger strike while serving prison sentences. The day on Woodhouse Moor was a great success with a resolution put advocating 'Votes for Women'. It was carried by a huge majority as reported in the Leeds Mercury. The image was in a collection of newspaper cuttings which once belonged to Leonora Cohen (1873 - 1978), a suffragette who lived in Leeds but gained notoriety when in 1913, in order to publicise her cause she attempted to break the glass showcase in the Jewel House of the Tower of London containing insignia of the Order of Merit. A note wrapped around the iron bar she used read "This is my protest against the Governments treachery to the working women of Great Britain." She was arrested several times over the years, once when she went on a hunger and then a thirst strike while in custody in Armley Prison. Beneath this photograph, in her handwriting is written, "I, Leonora Cohen was arrested and charged with inciting the public to militancy under Edward 3rds act, ("a trumped up false charge") at the same period as George Lansbury abd John Scurr. A protest meeting was held in Trafalgar Square, London for the release of the three charged under the old Antediluvian Act". Leonora Cohen died at the age of 105. Between 1923 and 1926 she lived at no.2 Claremont Villas, Clarendon Road and a blue plaque is now displayed on this property in memory of her.
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Westfield Terrace (Chapel Allerton)
Black & White image6th January 1905. Row of tall, three-storeyed Victorian terraced houses, with bay windows and cellars/scullery rooms beneath. Narrow cobbled road runs along the front of the houses. Opposite the houses can just be seen some gardens surrounded by iron fencing. Caption on original photo reads 'Westfield Terrace Chapeltown, sewerage operations'. No.7 Westfield Terrace was home to Frank Rutter the Director of the Leeds Art Gallery in 1912. Rutter was a member of the Leeds arts Club and the secretary of the Men's Political Union for Women's Enfranchisement. In June 1913 suffragette Lilian Lenton was granted a short release from jail as part of the 'Cat and Mouse Act' following her hunger strike at Armley Goal. She was taken to Rutter's home on Westfield Terrace and here a daring escape plan was put into action to whisk Lilian out of Leeds to avoid re-arrest. She escaped from the police watching the house by dressing as an errand boy and leaving in a Grocers Van. The Rutters claimed to have been away that day and did not get back until the evening when Lilian had gone. It was then rumoured in the press that Lilian had then caught a taxi to Harrogate and then onto Scarborough.
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Women's Suffrage Demonstration (West Ardsley)
Black & White imageUndated. View shows six women in Victorian period dress from the suffrage movement in front of a poster declaring: 'Albert Hall, Sheffield, Women's Suffrage, Great Demonstration of Women'. Lady seated front right maybe Alice Cliff Scatcherd.
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Workhouse, St James Hospital (Burmantofts) (15 comments)
Black & White image1858 Print of the newly built workhouse, which later became part of St James Hospital. The foundation stone was laid on Easter Monday, April 5th 1858 by William Middleton, Chairman of the Board of Guardians. In 1882 suffrage supporter Louisa Carbutt of Westfield Grove, St. Michael's Road, Headingley was the first women to be elected a Poor Law Guardian. She was followed in 1884 by Gertrude Wilson of 6 Montpelier Terrace, Hyde Park and Magaret Baines, daughter of the Leeds Mercury Owner. This building is now occupied by the Thackray Medical Museum.
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