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Strike Softly

A new, English Heritage blue plaque marks the site of the Bryant & May match factory at Bow Quarter, 60 Fairfield Road, E3.  

The strike against the atrocious working conditions here started in July 1888. It involved about 1,400 women and girl match makers, most of whom were Irish and came from an area known as the Fenian Barracks. Their victory was a watershed in rights for women workers. The cause of the match girls was aided by the social activist Annie Besant who was also of Irish extraction.  

Ironically, perhaps, the factory is now gated and gentrified.   

For more information, see Irish London, Kirkland R, Bloomsbury Press, London 2021.

Also see here, and for information on one of the strike leaders, 14-year old Mary Driscoll 

Photograph taken January 1921 ¬© Historic England Archive Aerofilms Collection ref: EPW005224
Photo courtesy of East End Women’s Museum
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