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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUCKS PROPERTY -

HE next gen­eral elec­tion will take place on Thurs­day 7 May and if you are a woman aged over 18, you will be el­i­gi­ble to vote. It may be hard to be­lieve in this day and age that there was once a time when women were not af­forded this lib­erty – in fact it was not un­til 1918 with the Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Peo­ple Act that women over the age of 30 were al­lowed to vote in Eng­land.

The Pankhursts were one of the lead­ing fam­i­lies known to fight for the Suf­frage Move­ment with Emmeline found­ing the Women’s So­cial and Po­lit­i­cal Union (WSPU) and her sis­ter Sylvia es­tab­lish­ing the East Lon­don Fed­er­a­tion in 1913 (a move­ment sup­ported by Ge­orge Lans­bury MP).

It was from th­ese head­quar­ters that suf­fragettes in­clud­ing Kate Parry Frye, can­vassed for Lans­bury and, in gen­eral for the cause of ‘Votes for Women’.

Kate, the daugh­ter of Fred­er­ick Frye, an in­flu­en­tial lo­cal busi­ness­man and MP for Kens­ing­ton North, had been brought up in the Frye fam­ily home, The Plat in Bourne End.

When the fam­ily fell on hard times, how­ever, Kate be­came a paid or­gan­iser for the New Con­sti­tu­tional So­ci­ety for Women’s Suf­frage, spend­ing much of her time work­ing away from home. She was also re­spon­si­ble for launch­ing the Bourne End and Dis­trict Women’s Suf­frage So­ci­ety, which she did in the au­tumn of 1911.

Her di­aries, which sur­faced in 2013 and have been edited by their owner El­iz­a­beth Craw­ford, pro­vide an in­tri­cate pic­ture of the day to day life of a suf­fragette and her ex­pe­ri­ences at the turn of 20th-cen­tury Bri­tain.

Part of the orig­i­nal house, Platts Dell, is now avail­able for sale through Sav­ills in Bea­cons­field.A de­light­ful Vic­to­rian at­tached villa, it benefits from river views, a pri­vate river­side gar­den and 39ft moor­ing. In­side, the ac­com­mo­da­tion is bright and ver­sa­tile ex­tend­ing to ap­prox­i­mately 1,719sq ft over three floors.

Sue Mail­ley of Sav­ills in Bea­cons­field, who is han­dling the sale, com­mented: “This is a re­ally beau­ti­ful house sit­u­ated in a dis­creet po­si­tion, yet only a few hun­dred yards from the vil­lage cen­tre with its shops, restau­rants and branch line to Maiden­head. It would be ideal for a grow­ing fam­ily, down­siz­ers or young pro­fes­sion­als alike.”

The prop­erty has three bed­rooms, one with en-suite bath­room, shower room, two re­cep­tion rooms, re-fit­ted kitchen, bonus room, de­tached garage, im­me­di­ate gar­den and a sep­a­rate river­side gar­den with 39 ft moor­ing.

It is on the mar­ket for a guide price £945,000 with Sav­ills. Please call 01494 731950 for fur­ther de­tails.

EL­E­GANT PRO­POR­TIONS: This pe­riod home is in a de­light­ful river­side lo­ca­tion and is only a few hun­dred yards from the vil­lage cen­tre and its ameni­ties.

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