This page introduces the Chartist Land Plan, which aimed to resettle industrial workers on smallholdings by collecting small share contributions from Chartists and allocating farms by lot, and names those who were allocated land. Continue reading Chartist land plan 1845-50
This page looks at the development of Chartism in the Lancashire town of Ashton under Lyne after 1838, and draws on the work of Dr Robert Hall to identify 65 Chartist leaders in the town. Continue reading Chartism and the Chartists of Ashton under Lyne
Chartism, Chartists and the People’s Charter explored and explained
Millions signed the three great Chartist petitions of 1839 to 1848. Thousands were active in those years and beyond in the campaign to win the vote, secret ballots, and other democratic rights that we now take for granted.
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Chartist Ancestors lists many of those who risked their freedom, and sometimes their lives, because of their participation in the Chartist cause. The names included on the site are drawn from newspapers, court records and books of the time, from later histories and other sources.
If you have reached this page and want to get a general idea of what Chartism was all about, I suggest you start with:
If you are looking for someone or something in particular, there is a search box at the top right of the screen. But if you prefer to browse, then the Contents Page is a good starting point.
Many historians, researchers and the descendants of individuals associated with Chartism have helped me in putting together Chartist Ancestors. They have provided names – sometimes substantial databases of names – information, advice and moral support. I should like to thank them all for their kindness.
Good luck in finding what you want. I hope you enjoy your visit.
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This page looks at the Great Meeting of Scottish Delegates held in Glasgow on 14-16 August 1839 to reorganise Chartism in Scotland, and lists the names of delegates and members of the Central Committee elected there.