Remember Pentrich 1817

The Pentrich Uprising of 1817 remembered at last year's event.

The Pentrich Uprising of 1817 remembered at last year's event.

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Two days of activities to commemorate the anniversary of the Pentrich Rising takes place this weekend in South Wingfield.

In 1817 a group of stocking-makers, stonemasons, ironworkers and labourers from the Derbyshire village attempted an armed uprising against the government to protest economic hardship, which was swiftly and brutally suppressed.

The Nottingham Clarion Choir, Rosa’s Lovely Daughters and others will be commemorating the events of June 8 and 9 1817 with music on Saturday, from 2pm at South Wingfield Social Club.

Gwyneth Francis, speaking on behalf of the Pentrich Commemmoration Committee, said: “South Wingfield was the starting point of the March on Nottingham on the night of June 9 1817. Many men and boys from the village joined the rising and the house of one of the leaders, William Turner, executed for his part, still stands in the village today.”

Admission is free but there will be a collection to cover costs.

On Sunday June 9, meeting outside the Dog Inn for a walk at 10.30am, there will be two guided walks – one of five miles and one of 2 and a half miles, both returning to the Dog Inn. E-mail rogerntanner@yahoo.co.uk to book a place or book at the commemoration on June 8.

Gwyneth added: “The Pentrich Rising of 1817 was both a response to local conditions and part of the national movement for the reform of parliament and the extension of the franchise in Britain.

“In the run up to the 200th anniversary of the rising the Pentrich Commemoration Committee are organising events to raise awareness of the Pentrich Rising as part of the continuing struggle for democracy along with such groups as the Levellers, the Jacobins, the Hampden Clubs - with which the Pentrich Rebels were involved - the Chartists and the suffragettes.”

For more information contact The Pentrich Commemoration Committe, by emailing gwyneth.francis@gmail.com.