Peterloo Massacre (2453 words)

Historical Context Essay

  • John Gardner (Anglia Ruskin University)


image On 16th August 1819 a crowd of 80,000 1 people gathered in St Peter’s Fields in Manchester at a meeting organised by Henry ‘Orator’ Hunt, a leading Parliamentary reformer, to listen to speeches demanding universal suffrage, lower taxation and better living conditions for the working classes. The speeches were never delivered as the local authorities decided that Hunt and his comrades should be arrested. Members of the manufacturing class in the uniform of the Manchester and Salford Yeomanry, aided by the Cheshire Yeomanry and the 15th Hussars - veterans …

Gardner, John. "Peterloo Massacre". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 October 2004
[, accessed 24 October 2016.]