A LARGE crowd gathered outside 25 Sheep Street in Cirencester to witness the unveiling of a blue plaque in honour of a campaigner for women's rights.

On the centenary of some women being given the right to vote for the first time, the town came together to remember Grace Hadow who lived at the Cirencester house with her mother from 1907 -1917.

Last Tuesday afternoon, Cirencester Civic Society secretary John Tiffney welcomed Mr and Mrs Cameron, the current house owners, on behalf of the society.

They were joined by author Dr Sue Jones, Jan Turner, Chairman of Gloucestershire Federation of Women’s Institutes and Helen King, Principal of St. Anne’s College, Oxford, who unveiled the plaque.

Helen gave a resume of the life of Grace Hadow - a scholar, author, campaigner for women’s suffrage, founder president of Cirencester Women’s Institute and vice chairman of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, and principal of St. Anne’s College Oxford from 1929-1939.

Helen stressed the significant contribution which Grace Hadow made to the campaign for women’s rights on the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 and congratulated the Civic Society on erecting the plaque.