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Dame Christabel Pankhurst (September 22, 1880 – February 13, 1958)

Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst, DBE, was a suffragette born in Manchester, England. A co-founder of the Women's Social and Political Union, she directed its militant actions from exile in France from 1912 to 1913.
Born: September 22, 1880, Manchester, United Kingdom
Died: February 13, 1958, Los Angeles, California, United States
Education: University of Manchester
Lived: Eagle House, Steway Lane, Batheaston, Bath and North East Somerset BA1 7EJ, UK (51.41383, -2.31897)
Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Find A Grave Memorial# 11132115
Parents: Richard Pankhurst, Emmeline Pankhurst
Siblings: Sylvia Pankhurst

Between 1908 and 1911 Eagle House was an important refuge for those involved in the women's suffrage movement who had been released from prison after undertaking hunger strikes. Some of the women staying at the house are thought to have been lesbians or bisexual, such as Christabel Pankhurst and Anne Kenney. “While the affairs and one-night-stands at Eagle House provoked competitive rivalries, it is also clear they held the movement together. Many of the relationships provided emotional support for members of a group isolated from the rest of society.”
Address: Steway Lane, Batheaston, Bath and North East Somerset BA1 7EJ, UK (51.41383, -2.31897)
Type: Private Property
English Heritage Building ID: 32157 (Grade II, 1983)
Place
Built mid-XVIII century
Wing to Eagle House, now a separate house. Coursed rubble, slate roof; ashlar stack. 2 storeys. Single bay. Tripartite glazing bar sash on first floor. 6-pane door to left with rusticated ashlar surround. Included for group value. Eagle House was built in the late XVII/early XVIII century and then remodelled in 1724 and again in 1729 by John Wood, the Elder as his own house. The house has also been an important refuge for suffragettes who had been released from prison after hunger strikes, with trees being planted to commemorate each woman — at least 47 trees were planted between April 1909 and July 1911, including Emmeline Pankhurst, Christabel Pankhurst, Charlotte Despard, Millicent Fawcett and Lady Lytton.
Life
Who: Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst, DBE (September 22, 1880 –February 13, 1958) and Annie Kenney (September 13, 1879 – July 9, 1953)
Christabel Pankhurst was a suffragette born in Manchester, England. A co-founder of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), she directed its militant actions from exile in France from 1912 to 1913. In 1914 she supported the war against Germany. After the war she moved to the United States, where she worked as an evangelist for the Second Adventist movement. Christabel died February 13, 1958, at the age of 77, sitting in a straight-backed chair. Her housekeeper found her body and there was no indication of her cause of death. She was buried in the Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Santa Monica, California. Annie Kenney was an English working class suffragette who became a leading figure in the Women's Social and Political Union. She attracted the attention of the press and the public in 1905 when she, and Christabel Pankhurst, were imprisoned for several days for assault and obstruction, after heckling Sir Edward Grey at a Liberal rally in Manchester on the issue of votes for women. This incident is credited with inaugurating a new phase in the struggle for women's suffrage in the UK, with the adoption of militant tactics. She took her message as far afield as France and the United States, but eventually married and settled in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, after women (over 30) won the vote in 1918. Christabel Pankhurst was the most classically beautiful of the Pankhurst daughters and was the focus of a rash of “crushes” across the movement. Martin Pugh believes she was briefly involved with Mary Blathwayt who, in her turn, was probably supplanted by Annie Kenney. “Christabel was an object of desire for several suffragettes,” he said. “She was a very striking woman.”



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Dame Christabel Pankhurst (September 22, 1880 –February 13, 1958) is buried at Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Santa Monica (1847 14th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404)



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