17 November 1868 Remembered

17 November 1868 marked Charles Bradlaugh’s initiation into the political arena by registering his first candidature in a General Election held one hundred and fifty years ago.

To celebrate an event that was to benefit not only the people of Northampton – his constituents, but also mankind through his dedication to freedom we invited everyone to join in a guided walk encompassing the many significant landmarks to be found within the town.

We were pleased to welcome so many friends who had travelled to Northampton, some from far afield, to give their time, enthusiasm and experiences to make the day such a great success and enjoyable event that has created new friendships and renewed old ones.

En route to our final destination we visited the town’s large cobbled market square, the scene of rioting in 1874 in support of Charles Bradlaugh and arena for many of his speeches using the balcony of the Peacock hotel. The splendid Great Hall in the Guildhall, Carnegie room in the central library where his portrait hangs, and finally his statue standing proud in Abington Square.

The day ended with a toast to Charles Bradlaugh with drinks and meal in his honour at the repurposed Church’s factory, now a local hostelry named after Charles Bradlaugh.

Chris (Secretary) starts the walk from All Saints Church.

 

The significance of Northampton market square.

 

Great Hall in all its splendor.

 

The ‘New Old Guard’ in Carnegie room.

 

Last stop, Northampton’s Abington Square.

Save Lahore’s Bradlaugh Hall.

We encourage you to read Andrew Whitehead’s excellent blog detailing the 150th anniversary walk here.

Thank you to everyone who came along and we look forward to meeting again.

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