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1 and 2, Pembroke Cottages

A Grade II Listed Building in Abingdon, Kensington and Chelsea

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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

Grade: II

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

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Listing Text

This list entry was subject to a Minor Enhancement on 01/06/2018

TQ 2579 SW

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

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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