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In the list below the prefix S.O. stands for 'Site Of' where the building or feature no longer exists.
S.O. ST. PETER'S FIELD
Sometimes referred to as St Peter's Fields, was a large area of open land in the centre of Manchester.
It had long been the site of public gatherings and was large enough to hold the huge crowd (sometimes reckoned to be as large as 80,000 but generally, now, agreed to have been between 50,000 and 60,000) which was anticipated to listen to Henry 'Orator' Hunt.
It was bounded to the north by the wall of The Friends' Meeting House, to the south by Windmill Street, to the west by Watson Street and to the east by Mount Street.
The size and location in relation to modern-day Manchester can best be understood by using the animated map/photo
S.O. SMEDLEY COTTAGE
Situated on Smedley Road, in what is now called Smedley Dip. This was the house of Radical Joseph Johnson.
Just below the Parish Church of St. Leonard was an open space where Sam Bamford's contingent assembled before walking to Manchester.
S.O. SAM BAMFORD'S HOUSE, MIDDLETON
The site of Sam's house, where he lived and from where he was arrested following Peterloo stands on Cheapside. The location is now marked by a small garden with a stone, bearing an inscription which was attached to the house itself before it was demolished.
SAM BAMFORD'S GRAVE, MIDDLETON
The grave itself (not to be confused with the monument (see below) lies just off one of the main paths across the cemetery. At the side of the main path there is a small, wooden marker-peg, and behind it, a narrow gravel path has been laid to the site of the Bamford grave.
SAM BAMFORD MEMORIAL, MIDDLETON
An imposng obelisk, overlooking Middleton, and visible from many locations in the town. In recent years, trees which had been obscuring the view have been removed and the whole monument and its surroundings have been renovated.
JOSEPH JOHNSON'S GRAVE, NORTHENDEN
During his incarceration Joseph's wife and child both died. On his release he was a broken man.
Shortly afterwards he moved from Smedley Cottage to a house in Northenden, where his friend Absalom Watkin already lived.
He settled in Northenden and, according to the tithe map of 1839, he acquired a number of small areas of property, some of them in joint ownership with Widow Sidebottom. (Whether this relationship was anything other than professional is, as yet, unknown.)
Both Joseph and Absalom are buried in the churchyard of St. Wilfrid's Church.
S.O. JOSEPH JOHNSON'S COTTAGE , NORTHENDEN, MANCHESTER
Joseph Johnson's wife died while he was in prison. When he was released he moved to Northenden at the suggestion of his friend Absalom Watkin.
Later, the Tithe Map of Northenden shopws that he owned pland with 'Widow Sidebottom'.
JOSEPH JOHNSON'S WINDOW, NORTHENDEN
In the village he had made his home, Joseph is remembered in an impressive stained-glass window in the Parish Church of St. Wilfrid.
S.O. CHRIST CHURCH, HULME.
Many of the members of the congregation of Christ Church in Hulme were committed radicals.
Two years after Peterloo on August 16 1821 a mass baptism took place there, at which more than ten children were all given the first and second names Henry Hunt. This tradition proliferated in the following years and went on for decades, with some second generation children also being named in this way. Records show that other names, such as Joseph Johnson, Sam Bamford and Thomas Paine were also adopted.
S.O. THE HENRY HUNT MONUMENT
The Henry Hunt Monument wAs erected in the grounds of The New Jerusalem Temple church on Every Street, Ancoats, Manchester. It was in the form of an obelisk and was, originally intended to have a statue of Hunt on the top. This, however, didn't The monument fell into disrepair and in 1888 it was demolished.
S.O. HULME BARRACKS
The barracks, close to Christ Church, was the base of the 15th Hussars Regiment. 60 of their men were stationed on Deansgate under the command of Lieut. Jolliffe.
STATUE OF JOSEPH BROTHERTON
Joseph Brotherton was one of the first people to begin a relief operation for the casualties of Peterloo. He went on to become the first M.P. for Salford. He instigated the creation of Peel Park and of Weaste Cemetery, where he became the first person to be interred.
S.O. THE PETERLOO MEMORIAL
Due to be unveiled on the bicentenry of Peterloo the monument has been designed by Turner Prize-Winning artist, Jeremy Deller.
THE FRIENDS' MEETING HOUSE, MANCHESTER
The present building stands on the same site as that in existence at the time of Peterloo. On the site of the existing Friends’ Meeting House stood an earlier building, but the boundary wall is the same wall which strands there today. Hundreds of people were forced up against this wall and some managed to clamber over to escape the approaching militia. One story recalls that a particularly determined cavalry officer actually cleared the wall and finished up in the garden of the chapel where the frightened people were seeking shelter. It is believed that this was made possible due to some timber being stacked against the outside of the wall.
THE PEOPLE'S HISTORY MUSEUM
There is a permanent Peterloo Gallery at the museum, with special events planned throughout the summer of 2019.
SADDLEWORTH MUSEUM AND GALLERY
There is a permanent Peterloo Gallery at the museum, with special events planned in 2019.
THE WORKING-CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY
The library holds an extensive collection of books, maps, pictures and documents related to Peterloo. They will be promoting Peterloo events during 2019 both at the library and at nearby Salford University.
Named after Sam Bamford, and close to the site of his former Middleton home.
S.O. THE WINDMILL ROOMS, STOCKPORT
The rooms stood on the former site of a windmill and were the meeting rooms for the Radical preacher Parson Harrison.
PETERLOO BLUE PLAQUE, MIDDLETON
Marks the site where Sam Bamford's contingent met on Barrowfields, before marching to Manchester.
JOHN BRIGHT'S STATUE, MANCHESTER.
Bright received the extraordinary honour of having a statue of himself placed in Manchester’s new town hall whilst he was still alive. Following his death in 1889, Manchester took the step of commissioning a second public statue. This marble statue was placed in Albert Square in front of the town hall, where it was unveiled in 1891. The sculptor was Albert Bruce Joy who also carved a statue of Bright for Birmingham, the constituency that he represented from 1857 until his death. Rochdale honoured Bright with a posthumous statue in 1893.
JOHN BRIGHT'S STATUE, ROCHDALE.
Rochdale honoured Bright with a posthumous statue in 1893. It stands in Broadfield Park, near Sparrow Hill.
JOHN BRIGHT'S GRAVE.
Bright is buried in Society of Friends burial ground George St, Rochdale.
YSGOL JOHN BRIGHT (JOHN BRIGHT SCHOOL)
Ysgol John Bright is a secondary school on Maesdu Road, Llandudno in Conwy County Borough, Wales
STATUE OF RICHRD COBDEN, STOCKPORT.
St.Petersgate, Stockport. The statue, by George G Adams of London, was erected 21 years after Cobden's death.
STATUE OF RICHARD COBDEN, MANCHESTER.
The statue of him, created by sculptor Marshall Wood, stands in St Ann's Square, outside St Ann’s Church.
Cobden, a former MP for Stockport, was known or being one of the founders of the Anti-Corn Law League along with John Bright, whose statue stands in Albert Square.
RICHARD COBDEN'S GRAVE.
RICHARD COBDEN'S FORMER HOUSE, MANCHESTER.
Situated on Quay St, this is now owned by a firm of solicitors
BULL'S HEAD, STOCKPORT
Overlooking the market square, Henry Hunt and other speakers addressed the crowd from the upstairs window in the weeks immediately prior to Peterloo.
THE OLD BOAR'S HEAD, MIDDLETON
One of several Middleton pubs which Sam Bamford used to frequent. There is a small Sam Bamford room with pictures, posters and memorabilia on the walls.
THE ASSHETON ARMS HOTEL, MIDDLETON
One of several pubs frequented by Sam Bamford during his time in Middleton.
S.O.THE SUFFIELD ARMS, MIDDLETON
The only surviving banner, from Middleton, was flown from the window here after being smuggled back to Middleton by Bamford's supporters.
THE SIR RALPH ABERCROMBIE, BOOTLE STREET, MANCHESTER
Legends persists that people injured on the field were brought to this pub and one story says that a man was actually laid out on the bar – whether this was one of those who had been killed or someone receiving treatment is unclear. Unfortunately no first-hand evidence to substantiate the stories has yet been discovered.
AGECROFT CEMETERY - SITE OF RE-BURIALS OF GRAVES FROM NEW JERUSALEM TEMPLE, SALFORD (INCLUDING THAT OF WILLIAM FILDES).
RED PLAQUE INDICATING THE SITE OF ST PETER'S FIELD.
Attached to the front wall of what was formerly the Free Trade Hall, the current Red Plaque replaced the earlier Blue Plaque, after strong lobbying by The Peterloo Memorial Campaign Group
BLUE PLAQUE INDICATING WHERE THE OLDHAM CONTINGENT GATHERED BEFORE WALKING TO MANCHESTER.
On the front of the civic centre
KENNEDY STREET , MANCHESTER. This is where Mrs. Mary Fildes had come from and was trying to return to when she was struck by a Yeoman Cavalry horse, resulting in the death of her son, William - the first victim of Peterloo. [VICTIM]
KING STREET, ECCLES. The home of Martha Partington (Parkinson) [VICTIM]
COWHILL, OLDHAM. Home of John Ashton. [VICTIM]
BARETREES, CHADDERTON. Home of Thomas Buckley. [VICTIM]
LILY HILL, WHITEFIELD. Home of William Bradshaw. [VICTIM]
SILK STREET, SALFORD. Home of Sarah Jones [VICTIM]