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Incidents in the Women's Suffrage Campaign, 1940 - 1949

 File — Container: GCRF 8/1/4
Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCRF 8/1/4

Scope and Contents

File containing the following:
1) Incidents in the Women's Suffrage Campaign: 5 page typescript account written by Nellie Crocker [circa 1940], detailing Women's Social and Political Union [WSPU] activities during various election campaigns, including a bye-election in Retford, Nottinghamshire; also describes deputations to the House of Commons and mentions sympathetic response from some men, including the Westminster police [an electronic transcription is available - see the details page];
2) Incidents in the Women's Suffrage Campaign: 7page typescript account written by Nellie Crocker [circa 1940], detailing the experiences of suffragette prisoners in Holloway Prison - describes prison regulations and the flouting thereof, minor acts of rebellion, hunger strikes, forcible feeding and the operation of the 'Cat & Mouse Act'. The document includes several references to the campaigning activities of Emmeline Pankhurst, Christabel Pankhurst and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence [an electronic transcription is available - see the details page];
3) Letter from Nellie Crocker to the Mistress of Girton, 15 January 1949, enclosing the above accounts 'in the hope that you will find them useful for your students - - modern young women seem unaware of the price paid for their political & social emancipation - - ';
4) Letter from K T Butler to Helen [McMorran, Librarian], 19 January 1949, concerning the donation to Girton College of the above accounts.


  • 1940 - 1949


Biographical / Historical

Ellen (Nellie) Crocker, 1872-1962, a cousin of Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, was a militant suffragette. She joined the Women's Social and Political Union [WSPU] in 1907. She spoke at the first meeting of the Bath WSPU in 1907; she was a principal speaker at the WSPU's Hyde Park demonstration in June 1908; and she campaigned with Adela Pankhurst at a Sheffield bye-election in 1909. She was arrested after the deputation of 29 June 1909 to the House of Commons, and she was arrested again in September 1909 after interrupting a meeting being held by Winston Churchill and imprisoned. She was arrested again in March 1912 for taking part in a WSPU window-smashing campaign. From 4 March to 4 June 1912 she was imprisoned in Holloway Prison, where she went on hunger strike. Her work as a WSPU organiser came to an end in 1912 but she appears to have continued to campaign for women's suffrage for some time after that.


1 file(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Nellie Crocker 1949.


Crocker, Ellen, 1872-1962, suffragist

Finding aid date

1998-09-03 10:23:19+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Girton College Archive Repository

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