Lydia Ann Dawson (1868-1938)


Lydia Ann Dawson was born on 1 April 1868 at Berry Brow, the daughter of milk dealer George Walker Dawson and his wife Emma (née Lodge), and was baptised[1] on 23 June 1868.

Her father died in 1873 and the family moved to Club Row, Berry Brow, and her mother found work to support the family as a worsted weaver. By 1891, the family were living on Parkgate and 23-year-old Lydia Ann was working as a worsted cloth knotter.

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family had moved to 45 Birch Street, Berry Brow, and Lydia Ann's occupation was recorded as a woollen weaver. By 1911, together with her sister Mary Emma, she had become a boarding house keeper at Beach House, Albion Terrace, Bridlington.

It seems that she never married and died in 1938 aged 70 in the Buckrose area of the East Riding of Yorkshire.


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

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