Extraordinary Women of Winckley Square
2018 marked the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which granted the vote to women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification. The same Act gave the vote to all men over the age of 21. Whilst some suffrage campaigners were pleased with the change, many were disappointed that they were still unequal to men. Full electoral equality was achieved in Ireland in 1922 but did not occur in Britain until 1928.
To celebrate the Centenary of the enfranchisement of some women, the Friends of Winckley Square decided to research the stories of women who lived, worked or have had a deep involvement with the Square.
The written history of the Square has mostly been the history of rich men, many of whom made a significant contribution to the development of Preston. However, the stories of women, except for Edith Rigby, had not been told fully.
Our research resulted in guided walks, talks and the ‘Extraordinary Women of Winckley Square’ Exhibition which gives an insight into the lives of some of these extraordinary women. This exhibition was shown at the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, Cardinal Newman College and St Wilfrid’s Church in 2019 around the period of International Women’s Day which is held every year on 8th March.
Our research into their lives is much more detailed and can be found on this website in the Meet some of our former residents area.
If you missed the exhibition it will be exhibited later this year in other venues. We will also resume our guided walks when it is safe to do so. Please watch this website for details.