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The Attempt by Suffragettes to Burn Down Wimbledon – 1913

The fact that the green, purple and white colours of the Suffragette Movement are the same colours used by Wimbledon, has sometimes been commented upon.

With this in mind, we thought we’d try and find some newspaper stories that bring together Wimbledon and the suffragettes.

Oh, and we found some stories! We found two reports about an incident in 1913 when a suffragette attempted to burn down Wimbledon. One from the time, in the Derby Daily Telegraph, and another from fifteen years later in the Hull Daily Mail, which describes how suffragettes attempted to ‘burn down one of the stands at the old enclosure.’

Derby Daily Telegraph | 27 February 1913

We were also lucky enough to find an image of the suffragette suspected of the attempted felony. Here she is in the dock, having refused to give her name and ‘all account of herself,’ Western Mail.

Western Mail | 28 February 1913

Read some of the other historical newspaper stories about Wimbledon that we’ve been posting on the blog.


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