HASTINGS MEN WHO WORKED FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS

Wiliam Ransom

His father had settled here in business as a printer about 1819. b1822 Hastings. He went to private elementary school then was self-taught, joining the Mechanics' Institution aged fourteen and eventually becoming its president. In 1840 he became a Wesleyan and was for over fifty years a preacher; he was also an advocate of temperance. In 1848 he founded the Hastings News, the first paper in the town. He was the first person to publish the writings of Barbara Bodichon and Bessie Rayner Parkes. He served on the committees of the British Schools, then on the School Board from 1871 to 1880 and 1889-95. He was elected to the council in 1895 by the largest majority ever secured in Hastings. However, he declined to stand for re-election in 1897, preferring to concentrate on his work on the School Board, of which he became chairman in 1898. He was a friend of Mrs Cobden Unwin. In the April 1891 census he was visiting Mme Bodichon, who died that June. Mme B's housekeeper since 1880 was Eliza Arabella Sanderson, and he married her at the Congregational Church in Clive Vale, in August 1891. He was sixty-eight and Eliza, a 'zealous Progressionist' and feminist, was forty-four. They lived at 13 Githa Road. He died in 1906.



albany savile Lieut-Col Albany Robert Savile

The great-grandson of Baronet Sir Bourchier Wrey, he was born in Edinburgh in 1844 and married Sybilla Twemlow, daughter of General Twemlow, in 1869. They had seven children. Curiously, in 1891 Albany was a house-guest of William Blatch in Basingstoke at the same time as his widowed mother-in-law was living with his family. She was none other than New York-born Elizabeth Cady Stanton, founder of the American women's rights and suffrage movement.

Savile was a lieutenant-colonel and head of the staff college at Camberley, and when he retired he headed a cycle-mounted battalion. He moved with his wife to 9 Holmesdale Gardens in Hastings, where they lived in a 14 room house with just their servants, and became involved with the women's suffrage movement. Indeed, in 1909 he became hon. treasurer of the Hastings and St Leonards Women's Suffrage Propaganda League.

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