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bodger

The Toll Puddle Martyrs?

If you think about it,1834 isn't that long ago. On this day in that year, Six farm labourers from Tolpuddle in Dorset were sentenced to transportation to Australia. Their crime? Forming a trade union.
Every year the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival is held in the village of Tolpuddle. It takes place on the third weekend of July and a wreath is laid at the grave of James Hammett, who was one of the martyrs.

I really enjoy socal history from that sort of period, especially when it looks at what rural life was like for the people living in the countryside. I wouldn't mind dropping in to see the festival and this place looks as though it would stand a visit too.

http://www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk/

http://www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk/index.php?page=martyr-s-story

As I said, its not really that long ago and its quite sombering to think that in 1834 just how hard the ruling classes still had their boots firmly on the heads of the working classes. I wonder sometimes just how much things have actually changed over the years?
colour it green

yep - a moving story indeed - and not that long ago as you say - my house is older than that..
bodger

Ours too. The people who built ours deserved transportation, there isn't a square room in the house.
colour it green

bodger wrote:
Ours too. The people who built ours deserved transportation, there isn't a square room in the house.


we have the same  everything is on the slant.
Seabird

I've discovered one of my ancestors was transported for stealing pigeons! He was freed after 7 years and returned to this country and lived to a ripe old age.
sod

This country seems to be heading back to that with new laws being brought in here.
brummie nick

Seabird wrote:
I've discovered one of my ancestors was transported for stealing pigeons!


Wasn't this chap was it?

http://www.hertfordshire-genealog...rs/answers-2004/ans-0380-hill.htm
Seabird

No - he was called John Northwood. Thoroughly bad lot by the sound of him - had illegitimate kids all over the place too   Oh well...I suppose we've all got black sheep.
While I was researching this transportation lark I found that when the folks back home realised that a lot of those who'd been released and stayed in Australia had gone on to make a good life they were committing crimes in order to be transported! Just goes to show how difficult and hopeless life was here I suppose.

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