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The Nevinsons’ Hampstead – and central London entertainments
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In north London, Hampstead boasted a goodly share of suffrage organizations. Some of the fiercest ‘battle for the census’ arguments were aired here. For the NUWSS, Lady Strachey and her daughter Pippa fiercely opposed the boycott. Hampstead also saw support for broader adult suffrage legislation, from the Women's Labour League and Women's Co-operative Guild. Nearby on Haverstock Hill, Henry and Margaret Nevinson lived together (though not amicably). His daily diary provides hour-by-hour testimony of census weekend. Henry strode uphill to visit the Brailsfords, attended an Actresses’ Franchise League performance, and spoke at the WFL meeting in Trafalgar Square, And he filled in his census schedule, providing information about himself, his son and two domestic servants ~ but of Margaret nothing. Yet it seems clear that she and other women were evading there overnight. Henry provides compelling eye-witness guide to the glittering city-centre entertainments ~ late night at Trafalgar Square (with suffragette Evelyn Sharp), then on to Covent Garden and to the Aldwych roller-skating rink. Here he listened to the WSPU entertainment and at 6 am skated with a suffragette actress, ‘a thing I never dreamt of’. He wrote up his experiences vividly in Votes for Women.

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Vanishing for the vote

Suffrage, citizenship and the battle for the census


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