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Struggle and Suffrage in Peterborough (Paperback)

Women's Lives and the Fight for Equality

Local History P&S History Social History Women of History England Struggle and Suffrage

By Abigail Hamilton-Thompson
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Struggle and Suffrage
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 25
ISBN: 9781526716729
Published: 30th September 2020

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'Votes for Women. Handle with Care' was the message left on a hoax bomb found under the Oundle railway bridge in 1913, just two years after the leading suffrage campaigner Mrs Pankhurst visited the city.

Notable women of Peterborough include Florence Saunders, a selfless dedicated nurse who regularly visited the poorer areas of Peterborough and set up the District Nursing Health Service at the Soke. Another well known nurse, Edith Cavell, spent some time at the Laurel Court School, which was run by a leading female character.

The Women's United Total Abstinence Council (WUTAC) set up a coffee wagon to encourage male workers to avoid drinking, thus helping families in the war against alcoholism. The WUTAC also set up a tea room at the railway station during the First World War to discourage sailors and soldiers from the public houses.

This book explores the lives of women in Peterborough between 1850 and 1950 by looking at home life, the taking on of men's roles during the First World War, the land army, nursing, the accommodating of evacuees during the Second World war, the eccentric first Freewoman of the city and the first female mayor.

Struggle and Suffrage in Peterborough uncovers the stories of the leading women in the city who helped change women's lives forever.

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About Abigail Hamilton-Thompson

Abigail Hamilton-Thompson lives in Eastern England and has an extensive interest in local history and the great outdoors. She has written for various regional and national magazines. When not busy working on her next project, Abigail is researching her own family's involvement in both the First and Second World War.

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