The Tolpuddle March

On 21 April 1834 tens of thousands of working men and women met at this spot to march on Westminster

The marchers were led by the trades union pioneer Robert Owen. They were protesting the unjust conviction of six rural labourers who had formed a trade union in the Dorset village of Tolpuddle.


The event made a huge impression on the public, partly because of its size but also for the peaceful and disciplined way the unions behaved.

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