Person Born 5/5/1882 Died 27/9/1960
Born in Manchester, daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst. Worked with George Lansbury in the East End. 1924 Sylvia moved from the East End of London to Woodford Green, into Red Cottage with Silvio Corio, an Italian anarchist/journalist/painter. Demolished in 1939, Red Cottage was number 126 on Woodford Green High Road. They ran it as a teashop. What remains is a sculpture erected in the garden by Sylvia Pankhurst in 1935. This is dedicated to opposing air-warfare and takes the form of an 18 inch stone bomb on a plinth. She was opposed to war in the air. Airplanes were used in WW1 but there was strong opposition to aerial bombing. The British argued in favour, needing to use the tactic on the north-west frontier in India. The monument was unveiled twice: second time as a protest against Mussolini's use of poison gas in Ethiopia. The Blackshirts tried to smash it.
In 1935 Sylvia moved to a Victorian house, West Dene, 3 Charteris Road, near Woodford Station, now a modern block of flats, where there is a plaque. In 1956, at the invitation of Emperor Haile Selassie, she emigrated to Ethiopia, and stayed there for the remainder of her life. Buried in Adis Adaba as saint/martyr of Ethiopian nation.
Diamond Geezer has tracked down a lot of the East End addresses associated with Sylvia.