The Cinderloo story has inspired several local artists and writers to create new work, and we hope that many more projects will emerge as we get nearer to the 200th anniversary in 2021.

Cinderloo 1821 will be organising activities and art events to explore some of the themes associated with the Cinderloo Uprising.  Information about these will appear on the website in due course.  We also welcome all to get involved with independent projects and we will try and feature all work on the website.  Please get in touch and send us any images, words, or web links that you would like to share.

Examples of other work so far:

Ted Eames’ ballad “Farewell Tom (Sam Hayward’s Blues)” was set to music and recorded by Mary Keith.  There are two versions at slightly different tempos which you can listen to here:

Read more about Ted Eames’ poem here.

Writer/poet Jean Atkin has collaborated with musicians Charlotte Watson, Steve Downs and Sarah Ibberson of Whalebone on Understories‘ – a new poetry and music  project exploring the new folklore of Shropshire.  This includes a poem “Tom Palin at Cinderloo” and there is a video:

The poem was published by Proletarian Poetry here, and you can read more about the Understories project on Jean Atkin’s website.

Jason Lewis of Dawley’s finest, Savannah has composed a song in tribute to Cinderloo and we are looking forward to hearing a finished recording.


The Witnesses project started from an idea by artist, Andrew Howe to locate, map and celebrate trees that are estimated to be over 200 years old, and potential witnesses to the Cinderloo Uprising.  We are working with the Small Woods Association, Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Severn Gorge Countryside Trust to help locate these old trees.

With an aim to make real connections between the historical events of 1821 and the landscape of Telford today, this is an inclusive, participatory project in which people can help find old trees and go on walks to follow in the footsteps of the miners.  Further details will be published soon.  In the meantime, if you are aware of the location of trees of at least 200 years in age, that could have witnessed the march in 1821, or if you have photos or other artwork to share, please get in contact.


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