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A People’s History of Stroudwater 1

A MISCELLLANY OF HISTORY A TEXTUAL WEAVING OF A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES A TEXTUAL SAMPLER The inspiration for this endeavour came from Workshop of the World Raphael Samuel Edited by John Merrick Verso 2024 ‘The orthodox account of the industrial revolution concentrates on the rise of steam power and machinery, and the spread of the factory system … But if one looks at the economy as a whole rather than at its most novel and striking features, a less orderly canvas might be drawn – one bearing more resemblance to a Breugel or even a Hieronymus Bosch than to the geometrical regularities of a modern abstract. The industrial landscape would be seen to be full of diggings and pits, as well as tall factory chimneys. Smithies would sprout in the shadows of the furnaces, sweatshops in those of...
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Slimbridge Diggers Walk July 2

The Diggers were a group of 17th century religious and political dissidents in England, seeking to establish agrarian socialism. The famous Digger settlement in 1649 at St George’s Hill,  Surrey is well known and celebrated, but our local area also saw a Digger...

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The East India Company

 The information boards at Chalford intrigue, Because of the lack of information: At Chalford Vale and along the canal, We are told about the local links With the East India Company, But we are not told about the practice Of the East India Company; The information...

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The Cragg Vale Coiners

Does the story of the Cragg Vale Coiners Remind you of the moral economy – Back in the 18th century when Citizens would register anger At unjust wages and unfair prices, With protests, demonstrations, gatherings, Rioting, strikes, and beating pots and pans, In a...

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