Courage of a suffragette

A HISTORIC book featuring one of Hebden Bridge's most courageous women has been written by a Mytholmroyd author.

Respected historian and writer Jill Liddington, of Foster Clough has penned ‘Rebel Girls: their fight for the Vote’, a book about forgotten suffragettes from the north of England.

A chapter of the work is devoted to Lavena Saltonstall, who was born in Hebden Bridge in 1881, brought up in Unity Street and worked as a tailoress.

After hearing Emmeline Pankhurst speak, Saltonstall joined the Votes for Women campaign.

She was arrested and spent time in prison in 1907 after protesting in London with other Yorkshire suffragettes, after which she continued campaigning for women’s rights.