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.
On Wednesday evening 7th April 2021, it was the 200th anniversary of the hanging of Thomas Palin at the Dana Prison, Shrewsbury for felonious riot and his part in the Cinderloo Uprising in Dawley in February of 1821. To commemorate this, a small socially distanced team of Pete Jackson, Dave Jackson, Andrew Howe and Linda... Continue Reading →
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 →
With protests in the news as government brings forward proposals to restrict people’s rights to make their voices heard Cinderloo is beginning to put the finishing touches to a public event in Telford to explore the links between the events 200 years ago with those taking place today. We need your voices to help us... Continue Reading →
This latest postcard in our series comes from John Miles Smith in the United States. The author has responded to the criticism of his earlier postcard by providing a new version to better explain his viewpoint. Cinderloo can provide a perspective on current events involving the ill-treatment of workers or other people. Dialogue over such... 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
Oliver the Spy on the right Dear Tom A word of warning to you! Watch out for strangers with talk of plans for insurrection elsewhere and money to buy the lads a drink, especially those who get accepted, encourage action then disappear for a while. Check up on them through your known and trusted correspondents.... Continue Reading →
Just so you know the Shrewsbury Chronicle and other newspaper publishers have come up with a new idea which will come to be known as ‘fake news’ in years to come. It basically means they will make fantastical stories up to discredit your good cause in the expectation that people who don’t know any better will believe them.
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!