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Samuel Bamford

(1788—1872) radical


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(1788–1872).

Lancashire radical and poet. Brought up a Wesleyan in Middleton near Manchester, he worked as a warehouse boy, farm labourer, on coal ships plying between Tyneside and London, and as a bookseller before setting up as a hand‐loom weaver. Under the influence of William Cobbett he became a radical, founding the Middleton Hampden Club in 1816 and being arrested for treason for advocating parliamentary reform in 1817. Acquitted, he was present at ‘*Peterloo’ on 16 August 1819 and was sentenced to a year in Lincoln gaol for treason. His autobiography was written in 1841–3 to justify his turbulent past and warn chartists against the use of violence.

Subjects: Literature — British History.


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