"In the name of Him who made us, We will perish, or be free" - Samuel Bamford
On Monday 16 August 1819, St. Peter's Field, Manchester was the site of what is known as the Peterloo Massacre. On the orders of Magistrates for the Counties of Lancaster and Chester*, cavalry, sabres drawn, rode into a crowd of some 60,000 who had gathered to call for reform of parliamentary representation. An estimated 18 people, including four women and a child, died from sabre cuts and trampling. Nearly 700 men, women and children received serious injuries.
The word Peterloo