Published date: 2 August 2012

The opening titles tell us that this is a church burned down by Suffragettes, causing £20,000 of damage. The scene then shifts to a church at New Cross that has been comprehensively destroyed by fire. We see the burnt out shell of the church, the wrecked roof, attempts to clean up the pulpit and burnt benches.


Between 1911 and 1913 the government blocked two measures that would have given some women the vote. The Suffragettes responded with militant action including damaging property and even arson.

Interesting or important points about the film

Is this a straightforward news report of the facts or does it contain an expression of disapproval at the actions of the Suffragettes? The camera certainly lingers on the destruction caused.

Please note that this video is silent.

Author: The National Archives

Duration: 0:28

Release date: 1913

Producer: Williamson Kinematograph Company

Source: BFI

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