Suffragettes capture the Monument; 1913
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Suffragettes capture the Monument; 1913


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Crowds gathered to witness the capture of the Monument by two suffragettes. Located in the City of London the Monument was built to mark the spot where the Great Fire of London started in 1666. At 10 o'clock on 18 April 1913, the suffragettes Miss Spark and Mrs Shaw climbed the 345 steps to the top of the Monument. They managed to distract the attendants and trap them in their office.
The two women then attached the Women's Social and Political Union purple, white and green flag to the great pole carrying the City of London flag, and tied a banner that read 'Death or Victory' to the railings. Finally they released hundreds of handbills promoting the Votes for Women campaign that fluttered into the street below.




1913 AD - 1913 AD

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