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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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Aspects of Chartism: Dr William Price

  Dr William Price (Llantrisant)   Source: Front page of the Illustrated Police News, Saturday, 26 January 1884. Reference code(s): GB 0210 WPRICE, National Library of Wales Title: Dr William Price (Llantrisant) Papers   Biographical history William Price[1] was born … Continue reading

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Chartist Lives: Zephaniah Williams

Williams[1], a Chartist and geologist, was probably a native of the Sirhowy valley, near Newport, Monmouthshire. Little is known of his early life, but by 1830, he had married Joan, daughter of Llewelyn Llewelyn, a yeoman farmer on Mynyddislwyn, and … Continue reading

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Chartist Lives: Benjamin Wilson

Wilson[1], a Chartist and horticulturist, was born on 7th August 1824 at Skircoat Green, Halifax. Of humble parentage, he never attended day school, but learned to read at the Wesleyan Sunday school in the village of Skircoat Green, an early … Continue reading

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Chartist Lives: Arthur Wade

Wade[1], a Chartist and Church of England clergyman, was baptised on 19th September 1787 at St Mary’s, Warwick, the second son of Charles Gregory Wade, an attorney and leading Warwick Tory, and his wife, Susanna, née Savage. Educated at the … Continue reading

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Chartist Lives: Henry Vincent

Vincent[1], a radical, was the eldest son of Thomas Vincent (d. 1829), a gold- and silversmith. He was born on 10th May 1813 at 145 High Holborn, London. When the family business failed in 1821, the Vincents moved to Hull. … Continue reading

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Chartist Lives: John Taylor

Taylor[1], a surgeon and Chartist, was born on 16th September 1805 at Newark Castle, Ayrshire, the eldest son of Captain John Taylor of Blackhouse, Ayrshire, who had served in India and married an Indian lady. His family was connected with … Continue reading

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Chartist Lives: Joseph Sturge

Joseph Sturge[1], philanthropist, was the son of Joseph Sturge (1763–1817), a farmer and grazier, and his wife, Mary Marshall (d. 1819) of Alcester, Warwickshire, was born at Elberton, Gloucestershire, on 2nd August 1793. He was the fourth of twelve children: … Continue reading

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Chartist Lives: Joseph Rayner Stephens

Stephens[1], a social reformer, was born on 8th March 1805 in Edinburgh. He was the sixth child of John Stephens (1772–1841) and Rebecca Eliza Rayner (d. 1852), of Wethersfield, Essex. His father, a native of St Dennis in Cornwall, was … Continue reading

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Chartist Lives: Benjamin Rushton

Rushton[1], a hand-loom weaver and radical agitator, was born at Dewsbury in Yorkshire, but later moved to Halifax, where he found employment as a fancy-worsted weaver, residing at Friendly Fold in the village of Ovenden. He married Mary Helliwell (b. … Continue reading

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Chartist Lives: W.P. Roberts

Roberts[1], a lawyer and Chartist, was born in Chelmsford, Essex, on 11th December 1806, the fifth and youngest son of Thomas Roberts (1757–1829), vicar of Chelmsford and headmaster of the local grammar school. His mother was a daughter of William … Continue reading

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Chartist Lives: Francis Place 2

The 1820s Despite the defeat of 1819, Place’s reputation as an organizer and a repository of information on social issues grew. His political influence, his practical experience of business, and his wide reading gave him a new status among the … Continue reading

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Chartist Lives: Francis Place 1

Place[1] was born on 3rd November 1771, the illegitimate son of Simon Place and Mary Gray.   Background and early life Simon Place was by trade a baker who had become the keeper of a ‘sponging house’, or debtors’ prison, … Continue reading

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Chartist Lives: Thomas Phillips

Phillips[1], a local politician and writer on education, was born at Llanelli, Brecknockshire, the eldest son of Thomas Phillips and his wife, Ann, eldest daughter of Benjamin James of Llangattock, Crickhowell, Brecknockshire. He was articled to a solicitor in Newport, … Continue reading

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Chartist Lives: Robert Philp

Philp[1], a Chartist and compiler of reference works, was born in Falmouth on 14th June 1819, the son of Henry Philp (1793–1836). His grandfather, Robert Kemp Philp (1769–1850), was the Unitarian minister of Falmouth and one of the earliest supporters … Continue reading

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