This page lists delegates to the Chartist land conference at Lowbands in August 1847.
The Chartist land campaign reached its high point in 1847. Its historian, Alice Mary Hadfield has described it as the “happiest year” for the land company, with 600 branches across England, Scotland and Wales, and a “fire of faith” having taken hold of the working class.
This was also the year that the first settlers took their places at Heronsgate and Feargus O’Connor aquired Snigs End and Minster Lovell as sites for future settlements. That July, O’Connor was the surprise victor at Nottingham in an otherwise disappointing general election for the Chartists.
A matter of weeks later, the conference of the National Land Company met. As the Northern Star of 21 August reported:
“This body assembled on the People’s Second Estate, Lowbands, Worcestershire, in the splendid school-room, erected in the centre of that beautiful spot, on Monday morning, August 16th.”
James Sweet of Nottingham was, “for the second time” unanimously elected as president of the conference, and the credentials of the 45 delegates read and accepted. Two further delegates – J Edwards of Newton Abbott and J Harding of Worcester – then took their seats.
The main item on the agenda was the separation of the Land Company from its source of funding – a separate Land Bank, set up following the advice of a barrister to hold funds collected from subscribers, with O’Connor as the sole proprietor.
The conference went on to reorganise the Land Company itself, abolishing the separate sections of the company so that it would be managed in future as a single institution, and reducing the price of shares to £1 6s (£1.30p) to overcome legal concerns about members holding “half shares” zoloft online.
In The Chartist Land Company (David & Charles, 1970), Hadfield writes:
“The conference dispersed from Lowbands, where the delegates had been most uncomfortably lodged, as they complained later. Two stage-coaches, each drawn by four horses, took them to the railway at Gloucester.”
Land conference delegates, 1847
Name Representing Henry Smith Stockport Isaac Danson Manchester James Taylor Ashton Joseph Rogers Manchester Thomas Rankin Manchester William Foster Manchester Daniel Donovan Manchester John Sutton Manchester John Nuttal Manchester William Dixon Manchester Nicholas Canning Wigan Jeremiah Yates Potteries John Warren Stockport Thomas Webb Stockport George Stephens Hull Robert Wild Derby George Humphries Somers Town T M Jenkins Ashton James Saunders Radford Benjamin Douse Nottingham James Sweet Nottingham Thomas Tattersall Bolton Ralph Entwhistle Blackburn Robert Kidd Dundee Zachariah Astill Leicester Edward Lawless Warrington Henry Haines Sunderland James Hoyle Manchester William Stark Manchester David Rise Morgan Merthyr William Monday Northampton William Jones Leicester John Gledill Huddersfield John Jones Bolton Samuel Kydd Surrey Duncan Sherrington Glasgow Charles Willis Rochester John Hornby O’Connorville James Grassby Westminster John Buswell Banbury John Smith Bradford Benjamin Barber Bradford John Grey Blackburn George Rice Newton Abbott Anthony Armstead Blackburn J Edwards Newton Abbott J Harding Worcester