Peterloo 16th August 1819: why it is important to remember

A perspective on the Peterloo Massacre, which took place on this day in 1819.

P.S. For those of you unfamiliar with the location of the Peterloo Massacre, it was at St Peters Fields, Manchester (iin the Midlands).

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Peterloo 16th August 1819- why it is important to remember


16th August marks the 196th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre at St Peters Field in Manchester.


As EP Thompson noted in the Making of the English Working Class Peterloo, even in an age when the internet, mobiles and social media had never been thought of, was an event of national significance.

The numbers of dead and injured when the Manchester Yeomanry rode into a peaceful crowd protesting for the vote has never been finally substantiated, but aside from those killed it ran into hundreds in terms of those who received injuries from sabres or horses hooves.

Peterloo had several lasting impacts. One was the 1832 Reform Act. Another was the Manchester Guardian. The founder of the paper, Taylor, was a persistent critic of the Magistrates actions at Peterloo.

The detail of what took place on St…

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One Response to “Peterloo 16th August 1819: why it is important to remember”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    I know the site well – opposite the facade of what was the Free Trade Hall until a cople of decades ago and is now a hotel – and this event was a sheer disgrace.

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