As part of the University of Nottingham’s "Being Human: A Festival of Humanities" (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/a
"To the Castle" - retracing the 1831 Reform Riots.
Saturday, 19th November 2016Start 4pm St Peter Square (outside M&S)
Look out for the Loaf On A Stick!
Please see our blog for a poster, leaflet, handout and other materials:
We can’t pretend it is a new thing, but we are always happy to do another walk!
Although the Reform Riots (when rioters e.g. burned down Nottingham Castle) are often referred to, little is known about who the rioters were and what may have motivated them.
We will follow in the rioters' footsteps, taking a close look at the direct action of these so called ‘misguided rascals’ and looking into their identities, motives as well as living and working conditions in early nineteenth century Nottingham.
We hope that people who have missed the previous walks can join us this time and of course would be much delighted to see familiar faces again.
As always the event is free of charge (donations welcome) and the route is wheelchair accessible (although there are some hills and a few cobbles along the way).
Looking forward to seeing you all.
Please also keep your eyes open for more information about our brand new book (details to be announced within the next few days):
Charlie & Blue Bell Hill Boy
By Colin Brett
Loaf On A Stick Press; 2016
Please see also our other publications:
Nottingham Rising: The Great Cheese Riot of 1766 & the 1831 Reform Riots
By Valentine Yarnspinner (Loaf On A Stick Press; 2014); ISBN 9780956913968
Paperback £6 (free digital version http://peopleshistreh.files.wo
A City of Light: Socialism, Chartism and Co-operation – Nottingham 1844
By Christopher Richardson (Loaf On A Stick Press; 2013); ISBN 9780956913944
Paperback £7.99 (see also http://acityoflight.wordpress.
Available from Five Leaves Bookshop (http://fiveleavesbookshop.co.
Who we are...
We are a group of people interested in what has been called "history from below" or "grassroots history". As Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have such a long and turbulent history of socioeconomic transformation, disturbance and conflict, there is a lot to be unearthed. In fact, the most amazing, inspiring, shocking and outrageous stories leap out wherever the surface is scratched.
...and what we do...
We have been working on a number of different projects since we first got together in late 2009. Among many other subjects, such as Chartism or the local history of slavery, we have e.g. been remembering the successful fight against the Poll Tax (for instance by celebrating the 20th anniversary of the custard-pieing of local councillors).
Probably our main project so far has been working on the riotous history of Nottingham during the Industrial Revolution. There is of course our popular guided walk "To the Castle!", retracing the 1831 Reform Riots. The publication of the same title, along with our pamphlet Damn his charity... (on the remarkable events known as Nottingham’s "Great Cheese Riot"), has been reprinted in our paperback book Nottingham Rising... .
We (that is "Loaf On A Stick Press") were proud to publish Chris Richardson's exciting book A City of Light... on the struggles of courageous women and men in 1840s Nottingham who challenged the inhumanities of the Poor Law, contested charges of sedition, blasphemy and riot, confronted the forces of established religion, and championed new forms of democratic control.
Since 2014 we have also been working on a long term research project regarding those soldiers who served in the local regiment (then known as the "Sherwood Foresters") and were either sentenced to death or sentenced on mutiny charges by courts martial during World War One. Please find the all issues of our pamphlet series 103 Foresters as free downloads on our blog.
For information on all our events, publications, etc. please visit our (very irregularly updated) online presence
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