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Latitude: 51.4968 / 51°29'48"N
Longitude: -0.1995 / 0°11'58"W
OS Eastings: 525084
OS Northings: 179080
OS Grid: TQ250790
Mapcode National: GBR C9.GD5
Mapcode Global: VHGQY.HMDW
Plus Code: 9C3XFRW2+P6
Entry Name: 1 and 2, Pembroke Cottages
Listing Date: 7 November 1984
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1225928
English Heritage Legacy ID: 422948
Location: Abingdon, Kensington and Chelsea, London, W8
County: Kensington and Chelsea
Electoral Ward/Division: Abingdon
Built-Up Area: Kensington and Chelsea
Traditional County: Middlesex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
Church of England Parish: St Barnabas Addison Road
Church of England Diocese: London
This list entry was subject to a Minor Enhancement on 01/06/2018
TQ 2579 SW
PEMBROKE SQUARE W8
Pembroke Cottages, Nos 1 and 2
Semi-detached pair of cottages dating from the early C19. They are two storeys high, plus basement, and each is two windows wide; the roof is hipped and covered in slate. The houses are of brick construction with channelled stucco to the ground floor and quoins at the corners; there are semi-circular fanlights to the doors. There are railings to the front gardens.
From 1909-11, No 1 Pembroke Cottages was the headquarters of the Suffrage Atelier, an organisation set up by a group of artists to produce suffrage propaganda. An appeal for studio space published in ‘Votes for Women’ led Laurence and Clemence Housman to offer their home studio for use by the group. Many suffragette banners were stitched in the studio, including some for the huge Women’s Sunday demonstration in June 1908.
Although the Suffrage Atelier was not aligned to any suffrage society, the Housmans were closest to the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), the militant suffrage society formed in Manchester in 1903. Bertha Sharp, the secretary of Kensington WSPU used Pembroke Cottages as her address, and in 1911, when the WSPU organised a boycott of the census, the return for Pembroke Cottages recorded its occupants as Laurence Housman and four anonymous women who refused to give their identities.
This list entry was amended in 2018 as part of the centenary commemorations of the 1918 Representation of the People Act.
Listing NGR: TQ2508479080
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