Annie Hopson (1881-?)


Annie Hopson was born in Hartlepool, County Durham, the daughter of tailor George Cleminson Hopson and his wife Elizabeth (née Kidd), and was baptised on 23 May 1881 at Stranton Primitive Methodist, Brougham Street, Stranton, Durham.

By 1891, the Hopson family had moved to Moor End, Lockwood.[1]


Annie was a Suffragette and a member of the Huddersfield branch of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU).

Following the failure of the second reading of Willoughby Dickinson's Bill on 8 March 1907, she was one of the local WSPU delegates who travelled to London on 19 March to attend the demonstration and march on Parliament which was held the following day. She was one of several women from the Huddersfield are who were arrested during the repeated attempts to break through the police lines and was sentenced to 14 days in Holloway Prison.[2] The others who were arrested on the day were:

She was released from Holloway on the morning of Wednesday 3 April 1907.[3]

Later Life

At the time of the 1911 Census, she was residing with her parents at 110 Moor End Road, Lockwood, and working as a woollen weaver.

It remains uncertain what happened to Annie after that date, however her mother died in 1912 and her father died in 1914, so she may have moved away from the Huddersfield area.[4]

Further Reading

Notes and References

  1. The family's surname was recorded as "Hobson" by the enumerator.
  2. "Suffragettes Once More: The Arrests" in Leeds Mercury (21/Mar/1907).
  3. "Local Suffragettes Released" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (04/Apr/1907).
  4. By 1939, textile mill mechanic Edgar Keyworth was residing at 110 Moor End Road.