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Minnie Lansbury

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Andrew Behan.

Minnie Lansbury

Person  Female  Born 9/2/1889  Died 1/1/1922

Suffragette and Poplar alderman. Daughter-in-law to George Lansbury. Her early death was brought about by being imprisoned, with other councillors, for refusing to levy a full rate, and catching pneumonia.

In addition to the information shown on her Wikipedia page our researches show that she was born on 9 February 1889 at 27 Grey Eagle Street, Spitalfields, as Minnie Glassman, the second of the seven children of Issac Glassman (1866-1922) and Hannah Glassman née Goodkindt (1866-1934).

The 1891 census shows her living at 20 Newmans Buildings, Spitalfields, with her parents and elder sister, Selina Glassman (1887-1939). Her father was described as a boot finisher. In the 1901 census she was residing at 37 Chicksand Street, Whitechapel, with her parents and five siblings: Selina, Katie Glassman (1891-1971), Rachel Glassman (1894-1964), Leah Glassman (1896-1958) and Lewis Glassman (b.1898), together with a female domestic servant. Her father was listed as a coal and coke dealer. 

She is described as a teacher employed by the London County Council, in the 1911 census, living in three rooms at 37 Chicksand Street, Whitechapel, with her parents and five siblings: Katie, Rachel, Leah, Lewis and Hyman Glassman (1903-1951). Her father was listed as a carman and contractor.

She married Edgar Issac Lansbury in the 2nd quarter of 1914 in the Poplar registration district. Electoral registers show her husband, who was a timber merchant, listed in 1915 at 25 Mornington Road, Bow, (later renamed and is now Mornington Grove) and from 1919 to 1921 at 6 Wellington Road, Bow, (later renamed and is now Wellington Way).

She died, aged 32 years, on 1 January 1922 and was buried in the East Ham Jewish Cemetery, Marlow Rd, London, E6 3QG. Probate records confirm that her address was 6 Wellington Road, Bow and that when administration of her estate was granted to her husband on 30 January 1922 her effects totalled £750.

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Fawcett frieze - 19, Lansbury x 2

George was Minnie's father-in-law. Minnie's date of death is here given as 19...

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Minnie Lansbury Clock

Minnie Lansbury Memorial

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Minnie Lansbury - first plaque

The clock above was erected by public subscription in memory of Minnie Lansbu...

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Minnie Lansbury - second plaque

On 16 October 2008 the restored Minnie Lansbury Clock was celebrated by those...

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Poplar Rate Rebels mural - 1

The mural refers to "30 councillors" but actually names only 29.  The count o...

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