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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th March 1947 Singer and pianist Elton John born today in Pinner, London.
25th March 1946 Heathrow Airport officially opened by Lord Winster, the Minister of Aviation.
25th March 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers)
25th March 1843 Brunel's Thames Tunnel is finally opened to the public.
Sylvia's Suffragette Shop
This is where Sylvia Pankhurst's shop was.
Location: 198 Bow Road, Bow, London, E3 2SJ
Description: Sylvia Pankhurst and her American colleague, Zelie Emerson, took over a baker's shop here opposite Bow Church, and in October 1912 set up the first East London branch of the Women's Social and Political Union.
The sign on the front read in gold leaf: Votes for Women. George Lansbury's son Willie Lansbury arranged for wood from the Lansbury wood factory to be used to build a wooden platform outside the shop and from which Sylvia would address the passing crowds.
I regarded the rousing of the East End as of utmost importance.... The creation of a woman's movement in that great abyss of poverty would be a call and a rallying cry to the rise of similar movements in all parts of the country. (Sylvia Pankhurst quoted from In Letters of Gold)
The shop is long gone but the site on which it was built is now being developed as a garden by Wilfred Housing Cooperative with a view to some memorial or commemoration to Sylvia.