Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be chatting to Robert Hargreaves and Alan Hampson about their new book, Beyond Peterloo: Elijah Dixon and Manchester’s Forgotten Reformers.
Elijah Dixon, of Newton Heath, played a key role in the Blanketeer’s March of 1817. Arrested, chained in double irons and imprisoned without trial, the episode set the stage for the Peterloo Massacre. Everybody in Victorian Manchester knew of Elijah Dixon. Over a period of sixty years, he was an ever-present force in the tumultuous politics of the town. An early apostle of votes for women, Temperance advocate, Christian convert, Dixon rose from poverty to make a fortune as Britain’s first mass-producer of matches.
In Beyond Peterloo, Robert and Alan bring Dixon’s previously overlooked yet vital contribution to social reform to life. Set against the backdrop of the Blanketeer’s March of 1817 and the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, they reveal the fascinating story of his life and work as Manchester’s forgotten reformer.
As well as sharing my interview with Robert and Alan, I’ll be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers. And you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s landmark buildings?
Catch the show on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).
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