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.