Welcome to the Cinderloo 1821 website


The dramatic story of the Cinderloo Uprising took place 200 years ago on 1st and 2nd February 1821, when 3,000 miners, women and children marched in protest at proposed pay cuts and increasing poverty.  They gathered at the cinderhills of Old Park (now the Telford Forge Retail Park), where the protest culminated in a pitched battle with the Shropshire Yeomanry.  Two men were shot dead with many injured.  One man, Thomas Palin, was hung that April for “felonious riot”.

To mark the Bicentenary of this important event in the development of Telford, there are a number of events planned:

  • Cinderloo Voices – the world’s first socially distanced riot. With ongoing COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings we are not yet able to confirm a date for the event until it can be done safely, so in the meantime, we are appealing to people to get involved and help contribute sounds to be combined with images and video as part of an audio-visual light show that will be broadcast in a central Telford location and streamed through local social media channels .  We are working with well known light and sound artist, Andy McKeown for this event.  Read more and find out how you can get involved here
  • Telford and Wrekin Council has agreed to name the railway bridge at Central Park – the Cinderloo Bridge. It is located close to where Tom Palin lived, on the Silkin Way joining North and South Telford.  Look out for the official announcement for the 200th Anniversary date of 2nd February 2021
  • There is a display of Cinderloo information and artworks now available to view at the Coalbrookdale Free Little Gallery in the bus shelter opposite the Community Centre.
  • From October 2021, people will be able to come and see all the art work and historical research at an exhibition in collaboration with Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust at the Footprint Gallery in Coalport.
  • Read more on our Events page.


Cinderloo1821 is a group of local historians, artists, writers and many other interested people who have gathered together to raise awareness of the event and commemorate it in a series of activities leading up to the 200th Anniversary in 2021.   Read more about who we are and what we are doing here.

We would love more people to learn about the Cinderloo Story and get involved.

If you are interested in participating in events, sharing research, ideas, writing or art work, or in volunteering find out more here, and get in contact.

See latest news and learn more about some of our projects or visit our Events page to find what is happening, and read about previous activities.

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