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3 February 2015

See the Tolpuddle Martyrs Mural

A 1984 mural just off Copenhagen Street, beside Edward Square, commemorates the 1834 meeting on Copenhagen Fields, when around 100,000 Londoners assembled to seek the pardon of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, a group of 19th century agricultural labourers more than 100 miles away in Dorset who were convicted and transported to Australia for becoming members of the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers.

Following the meeting, called by the Central Committee of the Metropolitan Trade Unions, a group marched to Westminster to present a petition protesting against the deportation of the Martyrs, totalling 800,000 signatures. The martyrs were subsequently pardoned and four of the six returned to England. The modern mural was painted by Dave Bangs to commemorate the great march.

For more, see http://kingscrossenvironment.com/2008/09/24/tolpuddle-marty/

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