MAPPING WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE 1911
A Snapshot in time
Southover Grange, Southover, Lewes, East Sussex
Eva was born in 1884, in Alverstoke, Hants. In 1908, she married London barrister, Thorold Stewart-Jones and moved to Southover Grange in Lewes where, in 1911, the couple lived with Thorold's mother, their children and a retinue of servants. Eva was the first president of the Lewes Women’s Suffrage Society (affiliated to the NUWSS) and in 1910, she tried (unsuccessfully) to persuade Lewes’ new MP, William Campion, to support women’s rights. Eva was also a member of the Church of England Temperance Society and a delegate to its national conference in Brighton. She and her husband had four children and Eva was pregnant with a fifth when Thorold was killed in the First World War on the Western Front in 1915. She erected a war memorial to the fallen from Southover, outside Southover Church, and her husband’s name also appears on the Lewes war memorial. Eva died on the 31st of May 1942, in Chelsea. Contributed by Dr. Diana Wilkins, freelance art historian and curator. For more see Frances Stenlake ' The Lady Fired Splendidly: Lewes and the Women's Suffrage Campaign' Sussex Archaeological Collections 152 (2014) 139-152. Available for free via https://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/
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