The march to Peterloo: politics and festivity in late Georgian England

Poole, Robert (2006) The march to Peterloo: politics and festivity in late Georgian England. Past and Present, 192 (1). pp. 109-153. Full text not available from this repository.

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In March 1820 Henry Hunt, Samuel Bamford and others were on trial at York assizes for conspiracy and sedition in connection with the Manchester reform meeting of Monday 16 August 1819 — the meeting which had ended in the ‘Peterloo massacre’. Bamford defended himself, and his line of defence at times puzzled the judge. Bamford’s star witness was James Dyson, a neighbour from Middleton. Dyson’s description of the march as a kind of festive village outing seemed impossible to reconcile with the picture of a threatening military-style descent on Manchester which the prosecution had presented.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Past and Present
Publisher: Oxford University Press for Past and Present Society
ISSN: 1477-464X
Departments: Pre June 2020 Academic Departments and Services > Academic Departments > Institute of Arts (IOA) > Humanities
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Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2010 11:59
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