Historian’s painstaking research puts the 1839 Newport Rising on the map
Historian Pat Drewett has compiled a list that reveals the Newport addresses of around 200 Chartists from the C19th.
With the help of fellow researchers, he created the list by delving through court records, documents and reports relating to the 1839 Newport Rising in which around 22 demonstrators were killed.
Many of the addresses revealed still exist in the city and the records are made available online to allow people to check if they are living in a Chartist house.
Speaking to the South Wales Argus, he said: “I believe people will be absolutely fascinated in finding out that someone intimately involved in the Chartist uprising lived in their house or that they are a neighbour of where a Chartist once lived.”
He says the list is a way to keep the memories of the historic event alive.
The details on the list include the names of each known Chartist, together with street address, age and occupation.
Chartism was a C19th movement that was calling for electoral reforms at a time when most ordinary people had no rights to vote.
The group was started in London but support grew rapidly within Wales, particularly across the southern industrial areas.
The Newport Rising took place on November 4th, 1839 when local Chartist groups gathered to form a march of around 10,000 people who headed into Newport.
The protesters stopped outside the Westgate Hotel where many of the town’s officials were being guarded by armed troops.
In the confrontation that followed, around 22 demonstrators were killed and more than 50 people were injured.
Three of the main leaders, John Frost, Zephaniah Williams, and William Jones, were found guilty of high treason and were sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. The sentences were later reduced to transportation for life.
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