Monday, 26 April 2021

The grave of James Hammett at Tolpuddle

Many thanks to Mark Thomas for this photograph and which is not to be used without permission. 

James Hammett – Tolpuddle

The grave of James Hammett, one of the six Tolpuddle Martyrs, is at Tolpuddle, Dorset.

The stone reads:

1834

JAMES HAMMETT

TOLPUDDLE MARTYR

PIONEER OF TRADES

UNIONISM CHAMPION

OF FREEDOM

BORN 11 DECEMBER 1811

DIED 21 NOVEMBER 1891

The date at the top refers to the date of the trial and transportation of the men.

Tolpuddle Martyrs: transported in 1834 for forming a Trade Union – see TUC site at:- https://www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk/story

“The rich and the great will never act to alleviate the distress and remove the poverty felt by the working people of England. What then is to be done? Why, the labouring classes must do it themselves, or it will forever be left undone.” George Loveless, one of the Tolpuddle Martyrsh 



The annual weekend long Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival in July attracts up to 10,000 people. 

Many thanks to Mark Thomas for this photograph and which is not to be used without permission. 


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