In 1905 the Bradford society was now a member of the NUWSS with Mrs Margret Illingworth as its president. In the summer of 1907 Rachel Barrett and Adela Pankhurst worked as organisers in the city. that following summer Bradford was able to rustle up over 600 women that would travel together to London to participate in the WSPUs Hyde park demonstration. the women of Bradford had there own banner with their coat of arms resembling them, their motto was: Grant to womanhood the justice England should be proud to give.

Eventually the Bradford suffragettes were banned by the corporation to chalk on the streets the WSPU organiser put up blackboards around the city, still getting across their opinion of women rights.

In 1909 Winston Churchill MP addressed a political meeting at St George's Hall in Bradford. His visit ended in chaos, thanks to a handful of suffragettes, who disrupted the meeting.

Actual image of Suffregettes chalking there streets.
Actual image of Suffregettes chalking there streets.

In 1913 Hilda Burkitt , after hunger striking while imprisoned in Leeds jail, was released. Many of the suffragettes who were imprisoned did this to then be released. the first ever hunger strike was in 1909 which was then one of the ways around been imprisoned.

Also in 1913 it employed an organiser who was called Miss Hilston, who worked from a office, organising the next target for the 600 women of Bradford to protest against.

Lillian Armitage

Lillian Armitage (right) was a Bradfordian who became a leading suffragette.

The Telegraph & Argus reported that the night before Churchill's meeting two women broke into St George's Hall and hid under the platform all night. "The following day found them thirsty, dishevelled and unwashed, but with hearts on fire for their cause," the T&A reported

By Jake Morley.