The Scientific and Political Union hall at 55 Old Bailey was a venue for numerous City of London Charter Association meetings and social events. This page tells its story. Continue reading 55 Old Bailey: the City of London Chartist hall
Mary Ann Walker was a Chartist lecturer who briefly became a media sensation. This is her story. Continue reading Mary Ann Walker – Chartist lecturer
Susanna Inge came to fame as secretary of the City of London Female Chartist Association, but this was just one episode in a long life. This is her life story. Continue reading Susanna Inge, 1820 – 1902
Women’s Chartist associations existed across the country, especially in the early years of Chartism, but faced an uphill struggle to be heard both within Chartism and more widely. Continue reading Women’s Chartist associations
After the best part of a year collecting signatures for their first great petition, the Chartists met to prepare its submission to Parliament. Continue reading First Chartist Convention, 1839
This page explores the story of The Charter, a newspaper launched by London Chartists in 1839 which survived for 60 issues before financial problems and political disagreements destroyed it. Continue reading The Charter: a voice for London’s Chartists
From Chartism to the London School Board. Continue reading Benjamin Lucraft, 1809-97
A joiner and carpenter from Hull, James Grassby played a central role as a backroom organiser and administrator in the Chartist movement.
Continue reading James Grassby
This page reports how disgruntled workers took over a planned peaceful protest and set off a week of rioting in central London. It names more than 100 of those arrested.
Continue reading Trafalgar Square riots, 1848
The page recounts how some London Chartists tried to organise an armed rebellion – known as the Orange Tree conspiracy – following the rejection of the third national petition for the Charter. Continue reading Orange Tree conspiracy 1848