Beyond Peterloo: Elijah Dixon and Manchester's Forgotten Reformers

Beyond Peterloo: Elijah Dixon and Manchester's Forgotten Reformers

by Rob Hargreaves, Alan Hampson


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ELIJAH DIXON played a key role in the Blanketeer's March of 1817. Arrested, chained in double irons and imprisoned without trial, the episode set the stage for the Peterloo Massacre.

Everybody in Victorian Manchester knew of Elijah Dixon. Over a period of sixty years, he was an ever-present force in the tumultuous politics of the town. He worked alongside the great figures of nineteenth century Radicalism, and as 'The Manchester Man' he became the town’s ambassador for Chartism. An early apostle of votes for women, Temperance advocate, Christian convert, Dixon rose from poverty to make a fortune as Britain’s first mass-producer of matches.

In Beyond Peterloo, Robert Hargreaves and Alan Hampson bring Elijah’s previously overlooked yet vital contribution to social reform to life. Set against the backdrop of the Blanketeer’s March of 1817 and the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, they reveal the fascinating story of his life and work as Manchester’s forgotten reformer.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526725097
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 08/29/2018
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Robert Hargreaves, retired journalist and solicitor, and Alan Hampson, retired computer analyst, are neighbours living in New Moston, a north Manchester suburb founded by Elijah Dixon. Keen historians, they chanced upon on scraps of information about Dixon's imprisonment, dug deeper - and resolved to tell the tale of a lost local hero. Sharing a passion for railways they were delighted to discover Dixon's role in the coming of the railways, as well as his pervasive influence on events which shaped their city and neighbourhood. This is their first book.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Foreword xi

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Holmfirth 1

Chapter 2 New Cross 5

Chapter 3 Westminster 17

Chapter 4 St Peter's Field 23

Chapter 5 Great Ancoats Street 29

Chapter 6 Store Street 37

Chapter 7 Town Hall 43

Chapter 8 Camp Field 49

Chapter 9 Stevenson Square 55

Chapter 10 The Manor Court Room 61

Chapter 11 Collyhurst Bridge 65

Chapter 12 Corn Exchange 69

Chapter 13 Carpenters Hall 73

Chapter 14 Walker's Croft 79

Chapter 15 St Ann's Square 87

Chapter 16 Newport 93

Chapter 17 Clerkenwell 99

Chapter 18 Newton Heath 107

Chapter 19 Chat Moss 113

Chapter 20 New Moston 121

Chapter 21 Clough House 125

Chapter 22 Dob Lane 133

Chapter 23 Ardwick 143

Chapter 24 The Atheneum 149

Chapter 25 Windgather Rocks 155

Chapter 26 Vine House 159

Chapter 27 Belgrave Road 167

Chapter 28 Harpurhey 179

Endnotes 189

Appendix 1 People 193

Appendix 2 Places 211

Appendix 3 Currency and Imperial Units 219

Appendix 4 Street Renumbering 221

Select Bibliography 223

Index 225

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