Meet the matchwomen who paved the way for the suffragettes | The Big Issue

matchwomenOne-hundred-and-thirty years ago this summer, trouble was brewing on the streets of the East End. Management bullying forced 1,400 mostly female matchworkers to walk out of Bryant & May’s factory in Bow. As they picketed the gates, battalions of police were rushed to the area.

This outrage against the status quo horrified polite society: a Victorian woman’s place was in the home, not…

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On this day: Waterloo Station opened in 1848

In Times Gone By...

Plan of Waterloo Station as it was in 1888.

Waterloo Station in 1888

On the 11th of July, 1848 London’s Waterloo Station opened. Known at the time as Waterloo Bridge Station, it didn’t adopt its current name until 1866.

The station was renovated and expanded in in 1854, 1860, 1869, 1875, 1878 and 1885, and was then rebuilt to incorporate the London Underground from the end of the century into the early 1900s.

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