Harrogate was one of the major towns in the suffragette campaign, setting up an NUWSS society in 1904, and a WSPU in 1909, and in 1913 their literature secretary was Agnes Wilson, of 4 Studley Road, Harrogate. She travelled to London in March 1912, and took part in the window-smashing campaign, and as a result was sentenced to two months' hard labour, and went on hunger strike, a tactic that was used by many imprisoned suffragettes. She had been secretary of Redhill NUWSS, but when they condemned militancy and aggression she promptly left, as she wanted more action for a quicker change in the law banning women from voting.
Agnes Wilson
Agnes Wilson


Annie Kenney's younger sister, who was a WSUP organisier, worked in nearby Bingley. Another fairly high member suffragette of Harrogate was Ethel Taunton, who was secretary at the NUWSS society in Harrogate, and went to Ladies' College, Clarence Drive.