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Political Dissenters

Franchise Demonstration
The 1884 Franchise Demonstrations in the Lancaster Area

During the summer and autumn of 1884, Britain saw perhaps the largest series of political demonstrations in its history. Thousands of processions and public meetings took place across the country in protest at the attempt...

Chartism in Lancaster

The movement known as Chartism was named after the drawing up of a charter – a list of six demands for the reform of Parliament. The Chartist movement was a mass movement led by...

Chartist Riots
A Chartist Story

George Harney was part of the critical trial of Chartists at Lancaster Castle in 1843. Why was a man from Deptford charged in Lancaster, and what success did his campaign have? ...