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AUBREY HOUSE

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  THE FORMER OFFICE OF THE LNSWS, THE FORMER OFFICE OF THE LONDON NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR WOMENS SUFFRAGE
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Aubrey House is located near Holland Park in London. It is thought to have a core dating to 1698 which was remodelled by Sir Edward Lloyd between 1745 and 1754, though work possibly began as early as 1730. Further alterations were carried out in the late 18th century.

Built from brick, this house is three storeys high with a five window centre and two storey, three window wings and modern additions to the east. The centre has a dentilled brick cornice and parapet, and a dentilled brick pediment over the three window central part which breaks forward slightly. There is a band between the ground and first floors. The doorcase has a dentilled pediment and entablature above Tuscan pilasters. The east wing projects slightly and has a band across the front continuing that of the main block. In the 19th century the west wing was enlarged and altered and a Tuscan loggia was built on the garden front.

The home of Mentia and Peter Taylor from 1860 until 1873, it became a gathering place for those involved in the radical social and political movements of the day. Peter Taylor was MP for Leicester between 1862 and 1884, and Mentia was actively involved in promoting the cause of women's suffrage. In 1863 she became honorary secretary of the Ladies' London Emancipation Society and it was at her home in 1866 that 1499 signatures were collated from a women's suffrage petition. She briefly served as treasurer initially to the London Provincial Petition Committee and then Committee for the Enfranchisement of Women before withdrawing from the latter to establish the London National Society for Women's Suffrage. Their first meeting was held at Aubrey House on 5 July 1867 and her home also became the official address for the Society. In 1871 Mentia withdrew from the executive committee but remained an active member until 1874.

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