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The Tolpuddle Martyrs

The Tolpuddle Martyrs

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted November, 2004

The Tolpuddle Martyrs

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Middlesex
The City of London
At a cemetery on the north side of Fanshawe Park Road East
a short distance east of Highbury Avenue North

Coordinates: N 43 02.696 W 81 13.254


Plaque Text

Within this cemetery lies George Loveless. He, with his brother James, John and Thomas Stanfield, James Brine and James Hammett were condemned to penal servitude in 1834 for organizing in Tolpuddle, Dorsetshire, England, a union of farm labourers. George Loveless was sent to Van Diemen's Land, the others to New South Wales. Public indignation brought about their pardon and return to England in 1837. The case of the Tolpuddle Martyrs became a turning point in labour laws and practices in the United Kingdom. In 1844 all except Hammett migrated to this district. George Loveless died near here May 6, 1874.

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London Plaques

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Posted November 11, 2017
I am planing a tour of Tolpuddle sites on behalf of the London District Labour Council on Saturday 2nd December 2017. For many years I have been the organizer of Tolpuddle events. I am now 80 years of age and would like to keep alive the Tolpuddle Martyr's Story by passing on the responsibility to a younger person. I have the names of 12 people who would like to join the tour and we will be car pooling that day. We will start off at the Tolpuddle Coop, then to Siloam Cemetery, then to Mount Pleasant Cemetery, then off to Kilworth to the Loveless Bridge, and a home that has a connection to George Loveless close to the bridge. Time permitting we will visit the grave of James Brine in St Mary's. If anyone is able to, you may join us or start communicating with me.
Hector McLellan hector.mclellan1@gmail.com

Posted April 8, 2015
I was by the site today. The road sign (not the iron heritage sign) pointing out the Tolpuddle Martyrs Site is abysmal... needs to be replaced.

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