Eddie Hapgood

A few years ago the Easton Cowboys helped sponsor a plaque to commemorate the Arsenal and England footballer, Eddie Hapgood who was born in Barton Hill. The plaque which was designed by Mike Baker of Living Easton (and which carries the Cowboys name as a major sponsor) has been moved due to building work and will be unveiled again on *Friday 21st August 2009 at the rear of the Sovereign Housing block on Barrow Road, Barton Hill at 4.00pm*. It would be great if a few Cowboys (especially you […]

Tolpuddle

12.15 pm: RADICAL POETRY: Introducing the work of John Gregory - radical poet, cobbler and friend of Tillet and Bevin (all of us) 13.30-14.15: CAPTAIN SWING: A discussion on the rural rebellion that swept across the south of England 3 years before the events in Tolpuddle (Roger) UNLEASH YOUR INNER LUDDITE! Join us and take a swing at some mechanised bling (a Pinata frenzy, Zoey, Kev, Roger, Rich etc.) 15.00: SWING IN DORSET: A discussion on the impact of the Swing riots in and around Tolpuddle […]

Thomas Paine Walk In Bath

The author and publisher Andrew Swift will lead a history walk around Bath starting at 7pm. The walk will visit some of the sites that were associated with the distribution of "The Rights of Man" - selling it, giving it away, where people were arrested and the thuggery that was stirred up by the gentry who wanted to suppress the publication. Andrew's knowledge is extensive and the walks I've been on before with him have been excellent - did you know that in his early life Paine joined Captain […]

Tolpuddle and Swing: The Flea and the Elephant

‘One and all, one and all, we’ll stand by one another’ Chant of a Sussex Swing mob (1830) ‘We will destroy the constables and threshing machines this year, next year we will have a turn with the parsons, and the third we will make war upon the statesmen’ Kent Swing activist (1830) Introduction In February this year a couple of members of Bristol Radical History Group travelled to Salisbury Guild Hall to witness the unveiling of a Trade Union plaque to commemorate the people who had passed […]

The Plaque Unveiled

The Thomas Clarkson Plaque was unveiled on the Seven Stars pub yesterday in front of a crowed of about 70 people. After a few short speeches Richard Hart cut the string and the curtains fell away to reveal the plaque in all its glory. If you see this text the video has failed to play. Please let us know by emailing brh@brh.org.uk. There is a small story about the plaque on the BBC website and one on thisisbristol. Richard Hart unveiling the plaque. The Thomas Clarkson plaque on the Seven Stars […]

Hanna The Big Prize Winner

Thank you to everybody who helped with the prize draw and thanks to Who's A'feard and Matt Owen for performing at the prize draw evening. Don't forget that the plaque is being unveiled on Friday 1st May. Here is a photograph of Hanna who won the main prize with her winnings. Thanks to Harvey for donating the bike and taking the photo.

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