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Peterloo: The Aftermath in West Yorkshire

Mon 26 Oct 2020


Peterloo: The Aftermath in West Yorkshire. Prelude to Insurrection August 1819-March 1820

Audio talk by Alan Brooke.

Due to current social distancing restrictions, Huddersfield Local History Society’s 2020/21 season of talks will initially be given online and made available on the Society’s web site.

This talk covers the period of the aftermath of the Peterloo Massacre in West Yorkshire and looks at how the event intensified political tensions and polarised opinions, leading to increased repression by the government and the driving underground of the movement for radical reform of parliament. It also describes some of the social and economic problems affecting textile workers and miners that increased fears of growing class conflict linked to political discontent. The account ends on the eve of the uprising of 1820.

Alan Brooke is author, along with Lesley Kipling, of Liberty or Death – Radicals, Republicans and Luddites in the Huddersfield Area, published by Huddersfield Local History Society (2012). He has written several booklets on aspects of local working class life, including accounts of miners and hand-loom weavers. He is a former miner who worked at Emley Moor Colliery and a retired archaeologist. His website is Underground Histories.

Watch Online

Alan recorded this audio talk at his home near Honley. The online video presentation includes a small number of maps.

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Mon 26 Oct 2020
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