The 175th anniversary of the Battle of Mapperley Hills

August 1842 —
On The Thursday (18th), 2,000 resolved in the Market Square not to work until the terms of the Charter were met.
On The Tuesday (23rd), a rally of some 5,000 supporters met on Mapperley Hills Common (most probably the area just south of the GMB offices on Woodborough Road for a rally)..
At 3pm, as they ‘sat down for their dinner’, Dragoons brandishing swords (glittering in the bright sunshine) scattered the rally, arrested 400 and marched them into town. 50 were to end up being punished severely.
The actions of the authorities were mocked, a) by the mocking term of “Battle of Mapperley Hills” (cos the ‘battle was so one-sided – soldiers on horseback with weapons) and b) with a very long poem, published a month later.
(Photos of the poem are available – https://www.flickr.com/photos/154928849@N03/sets/72157687876247666)

I’ve made a 4 minute video (sorry, I didn’t appreciate until I got home how much I was grimacing cos I was concentrating on remembering what to say).
https://www.facebook.com/me4sd/videos/10154903369716305/

A previous video is a bit rough. With thanks to contributors to Wikipedia for the improved understanding and to the Local Studies Library on Angel Row.

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The 173rd anniversary of the Battle of Mapperley Hills

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Three years now since my nephew and I made a second-take single shot video on an iPad to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the Battle of Mapperley Hills. See http://youtu.be/bDT6DO_9JmM
We did our best with the camera and the history (the sound is not great and the facts might not be entirely accurate either), but we are grateful to the anonymous people who’ve written what appears to be a much more credible, and fuller history of the day’s events, available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mapperley_Hills
And let us take moment today to reflect on what organised working people were trying to achieve, and how they struggled and suffered for it.
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Interesting that one commentator advises that the term “Battle” was meant originally, in essence mocking the language of the judges and magistrates who escalated the protestors actually posed.

Nottingham North talks Labour history

Nottingham North Labour party met to discuss labour history from two different periods.

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Roy Lakey, party agent, chatted about the people he knew and helped having worked for the party from the sixties.
Of Edith Summerskill covering at a 1,000 strong rally for the expected lateness of George Brown, and of George Brown holding that audience for an hour and a half using speech notes of just two words – “they know”. Of the community politics of Labour Councillors in the sixties and seventies.
Of how Militant Tendency in the eighties ran as a party within a party.
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Chris talked about various campaigns in the 19th century.
Of how the Chartists cut their teeth opposing rates rises proposed by local vicars. And how one of them spied for the Home Secretary.
Of Fergus O’Connor, his weaknesses and strengths – including founding the national newspaper the Northern Star.

A reminder of the extent and significance of the rebels and rebellions of Nottingham, that is to be the theme of the revised bid to the Heritage National Lottery – see http://www.nottinghampost.com/Reality-creeping-bid-castle-funds-revised/story-19925191-detail/story.html

The 171st anniversary of the Battle of Mapperley Hills

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Last year my nephew and I made a second-take single shot to the iPad to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the Battle of Mapperley Hills. See http://youtu.be/bDT6DO_9JmM
We did our best with the camera and the history, but we are grateful to the anonymous people who’ve written what appears to be a much more credible history of the day’s events, available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mapperley_Hills
And let us take moment today to reflect on what organised working people were trying to achieve, and how they struggled and suffered for it.

Further reading :
Speech on radical history : http://www.labourblogs.com/public-blog/michaeledwards/31065/
169th anniversary : http://www.labourblogs.com/public-blog/michaeledwards/30023/
A wider history of Mapperley : http://www.labourblogs.com/public-blog/michaeledwards/28932/