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Samuel Bamford – Portrait of a Radical by Morris Garratt,
21 x 20 cm (8.25 x 8 in), 102pp.
Over 200 years ago, on 28 February 1788, Samuel Bamford was born at Middleton, Lancashire. He was destined to become one of the leading figures in the movement for the reform of Parliament, and he has gained a secure place for himself in the history of the working class in England. The book presents a study into the many sides of Samuel Bamford’s life and character.
The contents include: Bamford and politics, Peterloo, the poet, the local historian: some Middleton myths and customs, Bamford’s Middleton, the local historian south-east Lancashire, reminiscences, Bamford’s funeral. On a late Saturday evening (April 20th 1872) about seventy of Bamford’s literary and personal friends met at the Assheton Arms, Middleton to discuss a suitable site for the erection of a monument to Bamford’s memory, several of these are named.
The monument now stands in the churchyard of St Leonards Parish Church, Middleton.