Telford has a short history (53 years) but was built on a location whose history goes back to the beginnings of time. The custodians of our history have curated it most notably at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum and at the county archives in Shrewsbury. Their curation tells only part of the story and this project aims to tell the story from the ground beneath our feet upwards.
Dana Prison in Shrewsbury the scene of Tom's hanging - now a tourist attraction Dear TomIt is the 200th anniversary this Wednesday 7th April 2021 of your horrible death. We have written to the High Sherrif to ask for a posthumous pardon for you.We are all thinking about you.Will keep you posted on what she... Continue Reading →
Account of the riots and routes taken by the marchers on 1st and 2nd February 1821 taken from the contemporary newspaper accounts of Cinderloo
The colliers in Yorkshire are getting organised. The bosses don’t like it. 8000 of us marched through Leeds last week. The press are telling lies about our wages! Keep organising Tom!
Dear Tom “Revolution in France, mobs rioting around the country, yeomanry being established to quell uprisings, laws being used to send rebels to prison, look out Dawley, workers are getting organised!” David
Do you want to help tell the story of Cinderloo? Write a short blog telling the stories of the social and political events that led to Cinderloo and their impact on the people and places we now call Telford In his book ‘The Industrial Revolution in Shropshire’ Barrie Trinder provides the narrative that Telford new... Continue Reading →
The Annual General Meeting of Cinderloo 1821 will be held at Elephant and Castle Dawley on 20st February 2020 starting at 7.15pm Please send apologies and additions to the agenda to Cinderloo@gmail.com Agenda Minutes of meeting held 21st February 2019Report on first year’s activity and plans for 2020 Pete Jackson and Andrew HoweTo include presentation on the... Continue Reading →
Cinderloo 1821 supporter Geoff Fordham looks back at the 1820 general election and some parallels with our current hustings. As we go through the agonies of yet another general election campaign, it’s worth reflecting on one that went before, when elections were, at least superficially, different from nowadays; yet somehow managed to display some surprising... Continue Reading →