Radical history walk

Terrific tour of Nottingham city centre with Roger Tanner telling the tales of the radical history of Nottingham.
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TO BE CHECKED
Nottingham became important because of the castle controlling the river Trent.
But the innovation in textiles, and the nature of the businesses set-up led to a city with skilled workers that have more say than most. Combine that with a huge expansion in people working and living in the city, and a refusal to expand the city to meet the demand, led to a city ready to rebel more than most.
“Banner town.”
Food riots. Including the famous cheese riots where The Lord Mayor seeking to stop disturbances in the narrow Peck Lane, who then couldn’t avoid a large cheese rolled down the alleyway.
The Paine-ites and the Democrats, inspired by early stories from the French Revolution, leading to Nottingham being the only home city to be garrisoned. And welcoming the Communards to Kirkewhite Street in the Meadows after the counter-repression.
The Luddites, including the failed revolt, for which only the Pentrich village decided to carry on regardless of government counter-action.
The Chartists, seeking one man one vote. And initiatives like the first working-man’s library in Narrowmarsh. The week of disturbance in August 1842.
Protests at St.Mary’s church, packing with poor people in humble clothes to embarrass the rich.
Previously the scene of John Fox challenging the vicar’s sermons and forming the Quakers, initially as an armed revolutionary group.
The Owen-ites. And the first meeting of the First International in Wheelergate (need to check the definition of first meeting).

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And amid all this talk of rebellion, students at New College Nottingham were singing the twelve days of Christmas.