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Redemption from ‘bondage, beer, ignorance & tyranny’. The Tolpuddle Martyrs & allotments

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2017 by kmflett

Researching the Tolpuddle Martyrs ahead of this year’s festival I was struck by a link, not immediately apparent, between the Martyrs and allotments.

Joseph Arch who founded the Agricultural Workers Union in the early 1870s saw  trade unionism as a bulwark against ‘bondage, beer, ignorance and tyranny’. Associated with that were allotments, seen as representing a sense of self-improvement in a parallel way to looking to the union to improve working conditions. There are more twists to the story yet… research in progress.

 

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One Response to “Redemption from ‘bondage, beer, ignorance & tyranny’. The Tolpuddle Martyrs & allotments”

  1. Surely beer and ignorance cannot be held in the same esteem

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