Loyalists v Radicals: a walk to trace Stockport's influence on Peterloo

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  • Date and time

    Saturday 23 February 2019 11:00 - 12:00
  • Price

  • Location

    Stockport Town Centre
  • Submitted by

    Stockport Libraries


August 16th 2019 is the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre in Manchester when 1000s of people from all over the north-west met at St. Peter’s Fields for a peaceful demonstration for parliamentary reform and the abolition of the Corn Laws. Stockport Heritage Trust is collaborating with Stockport Libraries to discover the role that Stockport people played, both in the years before the meeting, and also during the event.

There will be a guided walk to commemorate the Sandy Brow meeting of February 1819 in Stockport, when the forces of law and order were routed by ordinary workers. The walk will discover places of interest in Stockport during the upheavals of the early 1800’s. It will start at Lancashire Bridge and end at the site of the Windmill Rooms, on Millbrook Street near to the Town Hall.

The walk is approximately 1 mile around Stockport town centre, involving some uphill and uneven ground. Suitable footwear and outdoor clothing essential.

A leaflet will be produced for anyone to use as a self-guided walk.

Refreshments will be available afterwards in the War Memorial Art Gallery.