"Do you promise me that behind that red curtain over there the figure of Sir Chartres Biron is not concealed"
Radclyffe Hall's house (with commemorative plaque) in Rye, Sussex
Creative Commons AttributionRadclyffe Hall's house (with commemorative plaque) in Rye, Sussex - Credit: Jim Linwood, Flickr

Sir Chartres Biron was the presiding magistrate in the obscenity trial against  the publishers of Radclyffe Hall's novel The Well of Loneliness, which had a lesbian theme.

At a hearing in Bow Street Magistrates Court in November 1928, Biron found against the publishers of the novel (Jonathan Cape) and ordered the destruction of the published copies.

Several important literary and public figures (including E.M. Forster; the biologist, Julian Huxley; and Virginia Woolf herself) who opposed the censorship, were present in court, but were not invited to appear as witnesses. E.M. Forster and Virginia Woolf were also the joint signatories of a letter of condemnation of the censorship in the Nation and Athenaeum.