Next weekend (16th-18th July) Bristol Radical History Group will be at Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and will present a series of short punchy talks about booze. How much of a metaphour the word ‘punchy’ turns out to be rathe rdepends on how much we have had to drink. This list of talks is thus:

  • Short history of brewing in Britain
  • Pre-enclosure home brew demo
  • Beer shops, Captain Swing and the Hanging at Kenn
  • Cider Riots
  • Sugar, Tobacco, Capitalism and Conservative Clubs
  • ‘From the Pledge to Straight Edge’
  • Smuggling and alehouses, taverns and inns
  • Rise of breweries, negative impact on Forest of Dean
  • Gin Lane/Beer St. and Hogarth’s satire
  • Peoples pubs

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