Essex History Group November bookings now open

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Bookings for our November Essex History Talks are now open. There are also still some tickets available for the second of our October talks on Eastbury Manor House, details of which you can find below.

Home Counties Suffragettes – ‘Gertrude Colmore’ and Gertrude Baillie-Weaver, Author and Activist

Speaker: Professor Katharine Cockin, University of Essex

‘Gertrude Colmore’ was one of the most prolific writers of the women’s suffrage movement. Her novel, Suffragette Sally (1908), was very successful. She also published numerous short stories in women’s suffrage newspapers. After the tragic and spectacular death of Emily Wilding Davison at the Epsom Derby in 1913, Gertrude Colmore published a biography of Davison. Gertrude Colmore was the pen name of Gertrude Baillie-Weaver (1855-1926), who was an activist for animal rights and against vivisection. She is one of many activists at work in this region and is part of the ‘Home Counties Suffragettes’ project.

Please book in advance then pay the £3 admission fee on the door.

Tuesday 6 November, 10.30am-12.00noon

Tuesday 13 November, 10.30am-12.00noon

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Eastbury Manor House – a remarkable Tudor survivor

Speakers: Pat and Barbara Elliott

On the 100th Anniversary of it being saved from demolition, we look back at how this important building came to be built, its changing fortunes over the centuries and how it was saved. When Clement Sisley acquired the site of a one-time Abbey farm at Eastbury and built his new country home there, he hoped it would continue in his family for generations to come. However, changing family fortunes meant that for most of Eastbury’s subsequent history it was tenanted by local farmers. During WW1 the property was neglected. 100 years ago, as Barking expanded, the House and surrounding buildings were threatened with demolition. Luckily for us, help was at hand.

Please book in advance then pay the £3 admission fee on the door.

Tuesday 9 October, 10.30am-12.00noon

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