In October 1809 keelmen below the Newcastle bridges went on strike to demand improvements in pay. Keelmen were the workers who transferred coal in keels or barges to waiting colliers.
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The keelmen strike of 1819 was given an extra edge as it occurred shortly after the massacre at 'Peterloo' in Manchester.
On the afternoon of Thursday 15 May 1828 Newcastle’s Guildhall played host to a gathering of professionals and clergymen who advocated the gradual, rather than the immediate, abolition of West Indi
Crowley’s iron works were once the largest in Britain and its workers from the various works were collectively known as Crowley’s Crew.
In May 1832 a major disturbance took place at Friars Goose. As mine workers refused to work underground, forty-two lead miners from Cumberland were brought in.
On Saturday, 21 October 1837, Newcastle printer John Turnbull published the first edition of the Northern Liberator, one of the longest-lived and best-read Chartist newspapers.
On the 27 June 1838 an estimated 70,000 people attended a political gathering on the Town Moor where prominent Chartists, among them the Chartist leader, Feargus O’Connor, delivered speeches that e
Elizabeth Spence Watson was a social reformer who played a key role in Tyneside politics and education in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
On 5 January 1839 the Northern Liberator recorded that a meeting had been held in the New Lecture Hall to form a 'Female Political Union'.
Tension had been building up in Newcastle during the summer of 1839 due to Chartist campaigns around the region, and as a result meetings in the Forth—a familiar meeting ground—were banned on 29 Ju