THERE is no statue dedicated to Alix Minnie Clark in Newtown.

Yet it was from 11 Severn Street the young Alix lived in a house known as the Hut which became a centre of the suffragist movement in the 1900s.

The house was targeted by those who had maintained only men should be allowed to vote in elections but Alix had continued to campaign and champion women’s rights to vote from her home.

The Hut was a unique house with its ancient beams said to have been sourced from dismantled sailing ships and had been an early Newtown weaving factory before the rise of mechanised mills in the 19th century.

Alix was born in 1874 and was a piano teacher by trade,

In 1911 she founded the Montgomeryshire branch of the Women’s Freedom League and campaigned throughout the Great War.

Alix and her hundreds of fellow suffragettes travelled across Britain.

Suffragettes protest. Picture: Wiki Commons.

Suffragettes protest. Picture: Wiki Commons.

A women's suffrage rally.

However such events were often broken up by mobs and in 1912 she had been rescued by police after the stage was targeted at a rally in Pwllheli.

In the same year Alix joined the Women’s Freedom League national executive and toured across Great Britain.

One of her most devout followers was Kate Williams Evans of Llansantffraid.

On March 4, 1912, she was arrested by the Metropolitan Police for malicious damage and jailed for 54 days in Holloway prison.

While incarcerated she went on hunger strike and was one of just 100 women hunger strikers to be awarded a Hunger Strike Medal by her peers.

Holloway Prison. Picture: Wiki Commons.

Holloway Prison. Picture: Wiki Commons.

Holloway Prison.

Alix had insisted on votes for women being essential in the rebuilding of the country after the war.

In 1922 Alix was appointed to the board of guardians for the local poor and Elizabeth Williams was elected to the Newtown Town Council.

Both had been celebrated by members of the Montgomeryshire suffrage movement with records of both women being taken from the election count to the Hut by a tremendous crowd of people.’

Alix moved to Surrey in 1929 and continued campaigning for women’s rights until her death in 1948.