This tour: Sunday 9 August 2020.
Part 2: “Remember the Foul Deeds of Peterloo”, 2.30pm.
Meet: Central Library, St Peter’s Square, 2.30pm.
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The hairs will stand up on the back of your neck when Peterloo expert and Penguin author Ed Glinert reads out the names of the dozen-plus victims of Britain’s worst ever political tragedy, the Peterloo Massacre of 16 August 1819.
On this walk we concentrate on what happened next. The government clamped down further on all dissent, a Manchester merchant set up what became the world’s greatest newspaper (guess), Percy Shelley wrote the greatest political poem in the English language, and some locals got the vote at last. Oh, and they wouldn’t let the bones of the great radical writer, Thomas Paine, into the city.
Ed Glinert explains all.