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Nine Elms, Chartism & Donald Trump, 1848-2018

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2018 by kmflett

Nine Elms station

The new American Embassy in Nine Elms Lane, which Donald Trump has declined to open, is a short distance from the old Nine Elms Station which was the original terminus of the rail line that now runs into Waterloo. The passenger station (knocked down and now the site of the relocated Covent Garden flower market) was closed on 11th July 1848.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Elms_railway_station

It was itself a short distance from Kennington Common where on Monday 10th April 1848 the Chartists rallied for the vote, causing Queen Victoria to flee to the Isle of Wight.

Perhaps Trump, if he knew anything of history, might be concerned that Nine Elms is not the place for hard right-wing politicians. He might want to ponder however that on 13th March 1848 300 special constables were sworn in at Nine Elms Station ready to counter the Chartist challenge 170 years aago.

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