‘Forgotten’ history of rebels in Pentrich commemorated

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The Pentrich Uprising of 1817 has been commemorated with a special event organised by the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Labour History Society and the Nottingham Clarion Choir.

The remembrance event was held on Saturday, August 11 at Ashes Field, off Park Lane, between Pentrich and South Wingfield.

It was organised by society members who felt the historical significance of the uprising is not sufficiently well known.

History society member, Gwyneth France, said: “We felt that it is an historical event that’s not really recognised.

“It was part and parcel of the Reform Movement which fought for universal sufferage.”

In 1817 more than 200 armed men led by Jeremiah Brandreth set out to march from Pentrich to Nottingham with revolutionary demands, including the wiping out of the National Debt.

The march was fuelled by their anger and despair at the lack of work, food and the perceived apathy of the government and local authorities to their ever more desperate plight.

However, the rebellion was foiled when of the participants turned out to be a government spy, who became known as Oliver the Spy. He batrayed the group by alerting the Government to their plot.

Three men were eventually hanged for their participation in the uprising, including Brandreth.

The history society - which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the history of the labouring class, across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire funded the event.

Music was provided by Nottingham Clarion Choir, with songs about and from the time of the rebellion.

There was also a talk on ‘Frames. Felons. Luddites and Pentrich’ and a guided walk of the historic sites was led by historian and author Chris Weir.