Peterloo Massacre, 1819
On 16 August 1819, a crowd estimated at
around 60,000 gathered at
They had come to hear
speech in favour of reform and end to the
The evening before the event, large
numbers of protesters had taken part in
military style parade ground drill.
The Home Secretary, Lord Sidmouth, had
urged the authorities to let the protest go
ahead rather than risk the consequences
of a riot if it was banned.