Jeanne Rathbone

Notable Women of Lavender Hill Walk

Posted in Notable Women of Lavender Hill Walk by sheelanagigcomedienne on May 11, 2018

I led another walk on Sunday 26th May 2019 12.00 starting at Battersea Town Hall and finishing at 53 Battersea Rise. It is a Battersea Society contribution to the Wandsworth Heritage Festival.

Meet my new best friends!



Elsie and Family at 97 Lavender sweepvioletPenelope-Fitzgerald-001

Notable walk 26th May 2019

Group gathering for 26th May 2019 walk at BAC. 26 joined.

The tour features these women of Lavender Hill starting at Battersea Town Hall which is on the site of Elm House the home of

Jeanie Nassau Senior (1828-1877), the first female civil servant lived in Elm House on the site of Battersea Arts Centre
Olive Morris 1952-1979 Black activist with Black Panthers, Brixton Black Women’s Group co-founder, squatters rights attended Lavender Holl School

Charlotte Despard 1844-1939 socialist, suffragette and Sinn Feiner  funded Battersea Labour Party HQ at 177 Lavender Hill.

Caroline Ganley CBE JP Councillor MP 1879-1966 5 Thirsk Road was a pacifist, Battersea Councillor elected in 1919 still serving in 1965 aged 85

Deaconess Isabella Gilmore 1842-1923, sister of William Morris Succourer of the poor, revived deaconesses – part nurse, social worker and policeman- at agilmore ZHouse 113 Clapham Common Northside
Marie Spartali 1844 -1923 was a British Pre-Raphaelite painter and lived at The Shrubbery Lavender Gardens .…/ma

Biddy Lanchester 1871-1966 socialist feminist and her daughter Elsa Lanchester Hollywood actress

lived at 27 Leathwaite Road
Violet Piercy first recorded British woman Marathon runner
The Duval family of women suffragists – mother Emily became Battersea Councillor in 1919 and daughter Elsa and son Victor all spent time imprisoned and on hunger strike/force fed. They lived at 97 Lavender Sweep
Penelope Fitzgerald author of Booker prize winning novel Offshore lived at 25 Almeric Road
Pamela Hansford Johnson, (1912-1981) was a critic, wrote 27 novels and was first girlfriend of Dylan Thomas

To arrange a group walk contact me to arrange email

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