21 and 22, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1

From Square Haunting (2020), by Francesca Wade:

“The Muslim reformer Sir Syed Ahmed Khan is commemorated today by a blue plaque at number 21…

…Helena Normanton, the first woman to practise as a barrister in England, lived at 22 Mecklenburgh Square from 1920 to 1928. In 1918, she applied to the Middle Temple, but was refused; within a few hours of the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act in December 1919, she reapplied, marching to the Temple from Mecklenburgh Square to claim her rightful place. She campaigned for reform to divorce laws, wrote detective novels and was the first married woman in Britain to be issued a passport under her maiden name. Though her personal papers were all destroyed, a biography, written by Judith Bourne, was recently published.”


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