Dead Socialist Watch, #244

Catherine Barmby née Watkins, utopian socialist and feminist, writer for the Owenite New Moral World, married Goodwyn Barmby, one of the founders of the Communist Church. “Together”, says the ODNB, “the young couple travelled the streets of London in the early 1840s with a hooded cart from which they dispensed communist tracts and harangued startled passers-by”. In 1843 she issued her Demand for the Emancipation of Women, Politically and Socially, having earlier called for the People’s Charter to be amended to include the enfranchisement of women. Born in 1816 or 17, died of asthma and consumption in Topsham, Devon, 26 December 1853.