Peterloo Massacre of 1819
Black and White artist depiction of the Peterloo Massacre where horses were to trample people.


In 1819 protesters gathered to demand reform of the parliamentary representation. There were around 60,000 people that had come together to voice thier concerns and response to 11% of males having a vote. Cavalry was called in to disperse the gathering and with sabres drawn 15 people were killed and 600 were injured. While this event drew attention to voting inequality it would still be another 100 years before women were allowed to vote. During the Victorian Era Charlotte Bronte would write Jane Eyre. Mary Seacole would write The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands. Elizabeth Gaskell would write North and South. None of them would ever vote. 

Peterloo Massacre

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Timeline of Events Associated with Peterloo Massacre of 1819


  • Richard Carlile

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The start of the month Oct 1819