Wandsworth residents are being invited to join a guided tour around Lavender Hill, Battersea to visit the former homes of significant women following the success of the first walk in April.

Nine noteworthy women from political, art and social history lived in Lavender Hill at a point in their lives, and will be celebrated during the walk as part of the century anniversary since women got the vote in 1918.

The women include suffragette Charlotte Despard, the first woman civil servant Jeanie Nassau Senior and Hollywood actress Elsa Lanchester.

The walk, which is part of the Wandsworth Heritage Festival, costs £5 and will begin at 2pm on Sunday, June 10 at Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill.

Jeanne Rathbone, who has lived in Battersea for more than 50 years, has organised both the walks.

She said: “I found it intriguing that the residents in three of the grand houses, Elm House, the Shrubbery and Lavender Sweep House were then close neighbours, would have known each and had visitors like writers Dickens, Thackeray and George Eliot, artists Watts, Whistler and Millais, musicians Joseph Joachim, Jenny Lind and Clara Schumann and people like Octavia Hill, Florence Nightingale and Emilie Venturi. It is exciting to think of these people walking around my immediate neighbourhood.”

The first tour on Sunday, April 15 was proved very popular, with 29 people attending and lasted over 2 hours.

Participants were able to get up close to The Shrubbery which was the former home of painter Marie Spartali and got to see inside the elegant hallway and atrium as well as gain entry to the front garden inside the gate of Gilmore House.

To take part in the walk, contact Jeanne Rathbone on jeanne.rathbone@gmail.com or 020 72282327.