Suffragettes, Suffragists & Antis - the fight

for the vote in the Surrey Hills

The women of the Surrey Hills were particularly active in

the militant 'suffragette' campaign. Many of its most

colourful characters were drawn from the villages around

Leith Hill and the Pankhursts planned campaigns from

the village of Holmwood which became known as the

country headquarters of the WSPU. The village, and town

of Dorking, came to national attention in 1912 when the

suffragettes staged a 6 week long protest campaign in

the area, leading to shopkeepers fearing for their 


At the centre of this campaign were Emmeline and

Frederick Pethick-Lawrence, without whose wealth,

skills, courage and determination we might never have

heard of the 'suffragettes'. At their home in Holmwood

they gathered around them an extraordinary circle of

people who changed their communities and their world,

fighting not just for the vote for women, but for peace,

freedom and equality across the world.

But the area was also home to non-militant campaigners,

and to those who opposed the vote for women. This book

tells the story of a community and its involvement in the

national debate on women's freedom and equality from

the 1860s to the 1950s.


Book available now from The Cockerel Press

ISBN 978-1-909871-11-3

216 pages, 160 illustrations

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