This telegram of 21 November 1911 concerns the arrest of Mrs Arncliffe Sennett for breaking a window at the office of the Daily Mail. The handwritten notice was issued by the Metropolitan Police at Bridewell Police Station. It says, 'Please inform friends of Mrs Arncliffe Sennett, 6 Wellington Road, St Johns Wood that she is charged here with using threatening language. Bail will be taken. Reply Urgent'. She was sentenced to a fine or seven days' imprisonment. Her fine was paid by Lord Northcliffe, owner of the 'Daily Mail'.
Marching with rosettes
Maud Arncliffe Sennett first became involved in the Women's Social and Political Union in 1906. She was born in London, the daughter of an Italian wholesale confectioner. She and her husband later took over her father's firm which made Christmas crackers and wedding cake decorations. They supplied the rosettes worn by the marchers in the 'Mud March' of 1907.
Originally an actress, Mrs Arncliffe Sennett was a successful public speaker. She was very popular within the suffragette movement in their struggle for women's rights. At the time of her arrest, she lived with her husband in St John's Wood.
Museum number Z6221b