Lewisham branch members of the Women's Social and Political Union

c. 1910

Museum of London

Museum of London
London, United Kingdom

Members of the Lewisham branch of the Women's Social and Political Union standing before their branch banner. In the back row are Miss Clara Lambert & Miss Warwick and in the front row; Caroline Townsend, and Miss O. Llewhellin, designer of the banner.
Caroline Townsend was joint honorary secretary of the Lewisham branch of the Women's Social and Political Union. She was sentenced to a month in Holloway prison for participating in a deputation to the House of Commons on 24th February 1909.
Clara Mary Lambert (c.1874-1969) served at least four terms of imprisonment for suffragette activity. Her militancy included entering the House of Commons dressed as a boy, smashing windows of the Strand Post Office having concealed a hammer in her muff and throwing a tomato at the Public Prosecutor, Archibald Bodkin. On one occasion, armed with a dog whip, she attempted to intercept Prime Minister Asquith at Waterloo Station as he boarded a train on his way to a wedding. Missing his arrival she boarded the train along with the wedding guests and then took a taxi to the wedding venue. Frustrated by missing Asquith again she set fire to a nearby haystack.


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