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A mural of Sylvia Pankhurst on a pub in east London.
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Girls & Women

This Mural on a London Pub Honours the Suffragette Who Lived Next Door

Emmeline, Sylvia, Christabel, Helen, Adela. The memory of the Pankhurst family that led the charge for women’s rights is hard to ignore in 2018, the 100-year anniversary of some women first being given the right to vote in the UK.

And it’s even harder for residents of Bow, in east London, where the enormous eyes of famous Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst stare down at them from the walls of the local pub. 

The Lord Morpeth pub is home to an enormous mural of Sylvia, the daughter of Suffragette leader Emmeline, in honour of the family’s work towards women’s rights. 

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It’s particularly fitting bearing in mind that, from 1914 to 1924, Sylvia used to live right next door to the pub, in the house that would have been 400 Old Ford Road.

The mural was painted by Australian-born artist Jerome Daverport, who reportedly spent six days creating the work.

The central image of Sylvia’s face is flanked by two other iconic images of her — one selling the Women’s Dreadnought newspaper, and the other of her standing on top a cart raising her voice for her cause. 

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Sylvia was the second daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, who formed the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), along with her daughter Christabel, in 1903.

But Sylvia began to argue with her mother and Christabel. She was against the direction in which the WSPU was going, as she believed it was focussing on the middle class at the expense of the working class.

By 1913, Sylvia broke away from the WSPU, choosing instead to set up her own organisation — initially called the East London Federation of the Suffragettes (ELFS), but later known as the Workers’ Socialist Federation. 

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The group was formed with the aim of rallying the working class women of London’s East End, and helping create social justice in the area. 

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