London Trivia: First female MP

On 28 November 1919, American Nancy Astor married the 2nd Viscount Astor and became the first woman to be elected in the House of Commons taking her seat on 1 December.

On 28 November 1994 Buster Edwards, great train robber, inspiration for Phil Collins’ Buster, committed suicide in Lambeth

Serial killer Dennis Nilsen once lived at 195 Melrose Avenue, Cricklewood the scene of 13 murders. Nilsen was sentenced to 6 life sentences

The GDP of London is significantly larger than that of several European countries, including Belgium and Sweden

Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg who lived off Farringdon Road predicted there would be a special part in heaven reserved for the English

A white spike at the south end of London Bridge commemorates a practice of displaying traitors heads dipped in pitch on the original bridge

Kenneth Grahame author of The Wind in The Willows and Secretary of the Bank of England was shot at at the bank by a deranged George Robinson

6ft 5in circus strongman Carl Dane in 1926 was the first to pull a London bus with 12 passengers inside using only his teeth

When he was Prime Minister the Duke of Wellington held indoor races along Downing Street corridors with men pulling women seated on rugs

In 2014, not a single 07.29am Brighton–London Victoria train reached its destination on time after failing to roll in at its scheduled time of 8.35am on a single occasion

When Selfridges opened in 1909 their information bureau answered queries on subjects from crossword clues to government stats

The City’s Square Mile is now an imperfect 1.16 square miles following 1990s boundary changes incorporating an area north of London Wall

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6 thoughts on “London Trivia: First female MP”

  1. Gibbo as your blog is about London you are quite correct in your info. about Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor being the first female to be elected to the House of Commons in 1919 & actually take her seat so she was physically in London. [Although not very often by all accounts.] Technically the first female elected to the House of Commons was Constance Markievicz in 1918 as Sinn Féin MP for the Dublin St. Patrick’s constituency but she, along with other Sinn Féin MPs refused to take their seats in London so she was never [Sitting as an MP.] in London so she, quite correctly, doesn’t count in a London blog.


    1. My gut feeling is, it’s between Barbara Castle & Maggie. I am, of course, excluding male MPs who dress up as ladies in the Kings Cross area of London. Thanks for a great blog.


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