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Emily Wilding Davison

Photo:© Mike Longhurst

Sculptor: Christine Charlesworth

Founder: Milwyn Casting, Molesey, Surrey

Materials: Figure in bronze; seat in pale granite

Unveiled: 8 June 2021

Emily Wilding Davison

Emily Wilding Davison (1872 –- 1913) The militant suffragette, sits on a pale granite bench. She is depicted in the hat she wore when she was knocked down by the King George V’s horse, and later died, after running on to the racecourse at the 1913 Epsom Derby. Beside her on the bench are three of her favourite books and her mortarboard, which she always wore when marching with the suffragettes. She wears her hunger strike medal with seven bands to indicate the number of times she was imprisoned. She also wears her Royal Holloway and her suffragette badges. She is turned towards whoever sits down beside her on the bench as if she is in conversation, with her one hand ready to be held and her other hand holding the census form for the Palace of Westminster that was completed by the clerk to include her name after she had spent the night hiding there to avoid being added to it. The statue was unveiled on 8 June 2021, the anniversary of the day she died.

Location: Epsom Market Square, Epsom, Surrey.