Category Archives: Chartism: Local Studies

Chartism: Localities, Spaces and Places, The North, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

Chartism: Localities, Spaces and Places, The North, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, Richard Brown, Authoring History, 2015, paperback, 408 pp., ISBN 9781517788988 J.M.W. Turner’s romanticised depiction, completed in 1838, of vessels being unloaded in the Dee estuary with the first of … Continue reading

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Chartism: Localities, Spaces and Places, The North, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

JUST PUBLISHED This, the second volume looks at northern England covering Yorkshire and the North-East in Chapter 6, Cheshire, Lancashire and the North-West in Chapter 7 and at Scotland, Wales and Ireland respectively in Chapter 8, 9 and 10. It … Continue reading

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Review of Localities, Spaces and Places

Chartism: Localities, Spaces and Places, The Midlands and the South, Richard Brown, Authoring History, 2015, paperback, 403 pp., ISBN 9781501017247 This volume focusing upon the local and regional dimension of Chartism in the Midlands and the South, is Richard Brown’s … Continue reading

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‘Revolutionary Chartists – From Whom May Heaven Protect Us’

This is a review recently published by Stephen Roberts on his excellent Chartism & The Chartists website ‘Revolutionary Chartists – From Whom May Heaven Protect Us’  – Cambridge Independent Press, 12 January 1856. If you had been alive in the … Continue reading

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Chartism: Localities, Spaces and Places, The Midlands and the South

  Just Published This, the third part of the series, looks at Chartism from the grassroots. Although I originally intended to deal with the local roots of Chartism in one book, the scale of the project necessitated dividing it in … Continue reading

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Aspects of Chartism: Mid-Wales

The main industry in 19th century Mid-Wales was the woollen mills. There were three main towns involved, Newtown[1], Llanidloes[2] and Welshpool. The conditions of the woollen workers were poor. It was common for workers to work 14 hours per day … Continue reading

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Aspects of Chartism: The West Country

  This was an agricultural/rural area where there was a cloth trade and cottage industry elements. The development of technology meant some job losses, so poverty existed in many areas. Bath, an eighteenth century spa town, was the centre of … Continue reading

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Aspects of Chartism: The Sheffield Plot 11 January 1840 2

  A less sympathetic account of the attempted Sheffield rising appears in a Victorian pamphlet reproduced in Reminiscences of Old Sheffield, Its Streets & Its People: “The Chartist conspiracy, which culminated in the audacious attempt, in January, 1840, to give … Continue reading

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Aspects of Chartism: The Sheffield Plot 11 January 1840 1

  A group of Sheffield Chartists led by Samuel Holberry[1] had collected weapons. They planned to meet and seize the Town Hall and the Fortune Inn, besides setting fire to magistrates’ houses. They were to be backed by men from … Continue reading

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Aspects of Chartism: South Yorkshire

  Sheffield[1] relied heavily on the tool and cutlery industries, which were produced mainly in small workshops by “little mesters” (master craftsmen working in small workshops with a few others). In the 18th century as demand for knives began to … Continue reading

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Aspects of Chartism: London 2

  In January 1837, George Julian Harney[1] started the East London Democratic Association (ELDA) in opposition to the LWMA. Harney and James Bronterre O’Brien[2] were alienated from the LWMA by its middle-class links, especially with Daniel O’Connell. The ELDA formed … Continue reading

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Aspects of Chartism: London 1

  London was not a centre of new industry but a centre of traditional domestic and craft industries: glass, pottery, furniture, silks, and handloom weaving and so on[1]. Chartism in London reflected traditional English radicalism dating back to Cartwright in … Continue reading

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Aspects of Chartism: Nottingham

  During the middle of the eighteenth century, a large chartered hosiery company lost its privileges and a large amount of its trade went to Nottingham, which already was known for its production of both silk and cotton hosiery. Much … Continue reading

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Aspects of Chartism: Manchester 3

  The second phase of Chartism had to begin with a reorganisation that laid more emphasis on structure and less emphasis on personalities. This took place between July 1840 and June 1841. On 20th July 1840, a National Delegate Conference … Continue reading

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Aspects of Chartism: Manchester 2

  At every stage in the rise and decline of Chartism, the class issue is paramount, aggravated usually by economic distress: this is obvious even from the 1790s. At that time, Thomas Walker and other middle class reformers set up … Continue reading

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