Annie Besant, Bryant & May Match factory, Bryant & May Match Girls, Eleanor Marx, Gandhi, Lester Sisters, Match Girls Strike, Minnie Lansbury Clock, Sylvia Pankhurst
This walk shows where Sylvia Pankhurst’s East End campaign for the vote for women took place in Bow. You see where she made great speeches, the police station she knew only too well, and the spot where her first headquarters stood. There’s also the spot where she was arrested, the Mother’s Arms nursery, the Women’s Hall & Cost-Price restaurant and where her newspaper was produced. You also see the house which was her Toy Factory in World War 1.
And there’s plenty of other women’s history too. You see a Memorial Clock dedicated to a brave woman who died for her beliefs. It’s then the Bow of two philanthropic sisters who set up an historic nursery school and a hall where their friend Gandhi stayed. You walk past a statue with blood on its hands, before carrying on to the infamous Bryant & May match factory, still there today, which has several tales to tell. Victoria Park then beckons, where you walk to a huge fountain built by a woman who was the world’s greatest philanthropist, and also see where Eleanor Marx made speeches. There’s the beginning of Save the Children too, and the whole walk is further brought to life by great photos.
Start & Finish Walk: Bow Road underground station
Shorter Walk alternative: Finish Victoria Park cafe