Skip to main content.

The Story of Peterloo

Gelesen von Phil Benson

(4 Sterne; 6 Bewertungen)

On 16th August 1819 around 60,000 people gathered at St. Peter’s Fields, Manchester, to rally for parliamentary reform. Shortly after the meeting began, a troop of Hussars and local yeomanry rode into the crowd, wielding clubs, swords and sabres, leaving 18 dead and more than 700 severely injured. In the following years, the Peterloo Massacre was the subject of several trials and inquiries. It now counts as one of the most significant events in the history of the British labour movement. Francis Archibald Bruton’s account of the day’s events, published for its centenary and based on a detailed examination of contemporary accounts, is both dispassionate and moving.(Introduction by Phil Benson) (1 hr 43 min)


01 - Front matter


Read by Phil Benson

02 - The site


Read by Phil Benson

03 - Authorities on the details of Peterloo


Read by Phil Benson

04 - The unrest that followed the Napoleonic wars


Read by Phil Benson

05 - The story of Peterloo


Read by Phil Benson

06 - The processions from the outlying districts


Read by Phil Benson

07 - The charge of the Manchester Yeomanry


Read by Phil Benson

08 - The Manchester Yeomanry in difficulty


Read by Phil Benson

09 - The fateful decision


Read by Phil Benson