Curses! Saucy play on words is all down to women’s rights

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Did you know Fawcett Road in Southsea isn’t called Fawcett Road just to give the Fawcett Inn a legitimate pub name? No, nor me.

Topically, with the general election coming up, I found out Fawcett Road was named after Dame Millicent Fawcett, a suffragist. Not a suffragette, who tended to err on the side of militancy, but a suffragist – one who campaigned for equal rights for women, especially the right to vote.

I learned this from a website marking the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, which led to democracy as we know it today.

It’s called Democracy Street, and if you fancy a stroll through the alleyways and byways of history, you can find it at