St George’s Bloomsbury: ‘Emily Davidson’s church’

Suffragette Emily Davidson who died following an accident at The Derby a century ago is being remembered at St George’s Bloomsbury.

This is the church where the body was brought six days after her death at Epsom.

St George’s was chosen for a memorial service because the rector Charles Baumgarten had been known to say that “women’s influence might enrich the nation”. To Londoners this service was the funeral although that took place the following day at Morpeth.

The Derby Day 1913 anniversary is being marked at St George’s with a play Emily Wilding Davidson: The one who threw herself under the horse at 3pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday 4 June; admission £12 (conc £10).

On Friday 14 June, the memorial service anniversary, children from nearby primary schools St Alban’s and St Clement Danes will perform a special piece of music.

The next day, Saturday 15 June there will be a community procession, recalling the ‘funeral procession’, and at 12 noon a plaque will be unveiled.

Other anniversary events at Bloomsbury can be found in the Wilding Festival programme.

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