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13.The Tolpuddle Martyrs
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1834

An exploration of the hard lives of agricultural workers in the early 19th century, and of the impact of enclosures. (6.25 mins)

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1. If the cities were so bad, why did people move there?
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2. Tolpuddle in Dorset - where six labourers experienced hard times on the land. Enclosures - and starvation wages.
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3. How did the rural poor respond? Some left for the cities - others fought back.
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4. The story of the Tolpuddle 'Martyrs'.
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5. The 'Martyrs' sentanced to transportation - evidence of a society in need of reform?

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I wish I could recommend the village of Tolpuddle! It sits south of the A35 between Dorchester and Bournemouth - but it's hardly Dorset's loveliest village. It hosts a museum, some statues to commemorate the martyrs.

The more attractive scenes in the module where shot nearby at Moreton.


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The second half of the module was filmed in the courtroom in Dorchester, which is fun to visit. It's full of atmosphere, if you can ignore the naff wooden cut-outs of the judge and jurors.

A historical Tolpuddle irony: the tour guides here recently went on strike because of low pay...

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