Broken windows at Pontings 123-127 Kensington High Street, smash
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actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Broken windows at Pontings 123-127 Kensington High Street, smash

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© Museum of London

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Broken windows at Pontings 123-127 Kensington High Street, smashed by Suffragettes, 4 March 1912. These windows were broken during the suffragette window-smashing campaign of March 1912. In November 1911, window-smashing was officially adopted as a campaign tactic by the Women's Social and Political Union. On 1st March 1912 up to 300 Suffragettes armed with hammers and stones and instructions as to their use and timing, broke shop and office windows in the West End of London. Following this attack on the windows of 270 premises the police discovered that 24 toffee hammers had been purchased in February from a shop in Fetter Lane by a 'well set up intellectual lady'. Around 220 arrests were made on March 1st and more on subsequent days.

On the back of the photograph is a note identifying one of the passers-by as Mrs Pine, a nurse who helped many suffragettes to recover from the effects of hunger-strike on their release from jail.
 

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Date

1912 AD - 1912 AD
 

Image Number

011995
 

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