Blackheath’s vital suffrage role

Written By Amy Calvert There’s not many places in the UK that have been the location of so many significant historical events as Blackheath has. Wat Tyler’s peasants’ revolt in 1381 came to Blackheath before it’s defeat in the capital, Henry VII’s men squashed the 1497 Cornish rebellion there and fun-loving Charles II greeted his... Continue Reading →

A Role Model of a Blackheath Headteacher

Written By Lynne Dixon Imagine having a headteacher that leaves leaflets of a political nature around the school!  This seems to be what Miss Gadesden of Blackheath High did as she spread her views on women’s suffrage. Miss F. Gadesden - Florence Marie Armroid Gadsden (the original spelling of her name), born in Paris in... Continue Reading →

Elizabeth Crooks, Herstory

Written By Lynne Dixon, June 2018 Will Crooks, the popular Labour MP for Woolwich in the early 1900s, notably has a high profile in history, but finding out about the wife of a well known man like Crooks presents difficulties. Why? Wives manage to be hidden behind their husbands, not only in public life but also... Continue Reading →

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