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Do you, or does someone in your family or area, have a hidden suffrage story? If you do, we'd love to hear it.

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We'll add them to the National Heritage List for England to deepen and broaden our official records with women’s history. Search The List to see what’s already there.

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Do you know any places with a suffrage or women's history story like these below?

St Mary's, Wokingham

Black and white photo of 14th century church and graveyard.
Church of St Mary, Wargrave, Wokingham © Historic England

Originally built in the 13th century, St Mary's was burnt down in 1914 reputedly by suffragettes with the exception of the west tower of 1635, the walls and north doorway.

See St Mary's on the National Heritage List


Red House, Kirklees

Colour photo of large red brick house surrounded by lawns and large trees.
Red House, 281 Oxford Road, Gomersal, Kirklees, West Yorkshire © John Richmond Source: Historic England Archive

Mary Taylor, a radical feminist of the mid-18th century, was born and brought up in the Red House. Charlotte Brontë based the house 'Briarmains' and the 'Yorke' family in her novel 'Shirley' on the Red House and the Taylor family, with whom she stayed as a friend of Mary Taylor.

See Red House on the National Heritage List


Waterloo Bridge, London 

Black and white photo of Waterloo Bridge viewed across the Thames.
Waterloo Bridge, Lancaster Place and Waterloo Road, London © Historic England

Some of the bridge construction took place during the Second World War (World War Two, WWII), and is believed to have included a partly-female workforce of both skilled and unskilled labour leading to its colloquial name of 'the ladies' bridge'.

See Waterloo Bridge on the National Heritage List


John Ryland's Library, Manchester

Black and white exterior photo of John Rylands library, Manchester.
John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester © Historic England

Commissioned and founded by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her husband, John Rylands. Built to house the theological library of John Rylands (leading textile manufacturer and philanthropist), subsequently augmented by purchase of other collections, and now one of the finest in the country.

See John Rylands Library on the National Heritage List

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