We'll be posting a variety of facts and photos of whatever takes our fancy as we wander around Dorset. They may be of churches, buildings, visitor attractions or natural scenes – in fact there will be all sorts! We hope they will give you a glimpse of some of the sights this beautiful county has to offer.
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Tolpuddle is, of course, home of the famous Tolpuddle Martyrs.
In 1834, in an attempt to halt a systemic reduction of their wages, 6 men from the village of Tolpuddle established the Friendly Society of Workers. They frequently met under an old sycamore tree, now known as the Martyrs Tree. The men were subsequently arrested and convicted on consiprary charges for having sworn a secret oath. They were sentenced to 7 year's transportation.
Tolpuddle Martyrs Tree
Their sentence caused such a public outrage amongst the working classes, that the men were eventually granted a free pardon. They returned to a heroes' welcome and their names live on as martyrs in establishing the right to free association among workers.An emotive sculpture stands as a memorial to the 6 men outside the Martys' Museum.
A festival is held in Tolpuddle every year to commemorate trade unionism and remember the sacrifice of the 6 villagers.
Five of the martyrs subsequently emigrated, but James Hammett's grave can be found in the graveyard behind St John's Church in Tolpuddle.
Hi, we're Nick and Karen. We both live and work in Dorset and are keen walkers in our spare time. We want to share with you some of the sights we enjoy on our ramblings around our home county. Please feel free to comment on our posts if you wish.