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[4]  A Chartist tour: 4 November 2007

 

CHARTIST TOUR | On Sunday 4 November 2007, I  participated in a guided coach tour of chartist sites across south Wales in commemoration of the 4 November 1839 Newport Chartist Rising.


 

The day's journey transformed the fractured geography and spaces of the everyday into a coherent story and landscape of Chartism, a network of Chartist and anti-Chartist activity, charged with human narrative and historical detail to produce unique insights into some of the places and individual actors of Chartism.

 

  • Read a full reflection on the Sunday 4 November 2007 Chartist Tour here.
  •  View a video clip of the Chartist Tour here 

 

 

MAPPING CHARTIST NEWPORT

 

Some selected Chartist landmarks - highlighting the geography of Chartism in Newport, the industrial valleys and iron-districts of Monmouthsire and the "Hills", plus some wider South Wales connections. [Work in progress]

 

[5]  Mapping the Newport Rising   

[4]  A Chartist tour: 4 November 2007

[3]  Chartist network: Marching and meeting

[2]  Chartist prism: The signs on the street

[1]  A geography of Chartism: From Westgate Square to the Chartist Caves

 

 

[5]  Mapping the Newport Rising 

 

A Geography of Chartism: Mapping the Newport Rising trial evidence | Now that geo-data is readily within everybody's hands with online tools such as flickr and Google Earth, the following exercise explores the geography of Chartism by using these popular Web 2.0 tools to map the evidence from the Trial of John Frost for High Treason.

  • Read more [ work in progress]
  • [work in progress] jw_nov_o7

 

[4]    A Chartist tour: 4 November 2007


CHARTIST TOUR | On Sunday 4 November 2007, I  participated in a guided coach tour of chartist sites across south Wales in commemoration of the 4 November 1839 Newport Chartist Rising.

 


  

Terry Frost Jones, descendant of Newport Mayor and Chartist Leader John Frost |  Outside the Shire Hall, Monmouth, where the Court Room held the trial of John Frost and his fellow Chartist defendants for mass treason.

 
 

  •  View a video clip of the Chartist Tour here

The Sunday tour followed the Chartist Ancestors event of Saturday, and many of the participants attended both days of Chartist Anniversary celebration. The presence of a number of Chartist descendants gave the Sunday tour a special poignancy therefore, as we visited sites such as the Nantyglo Roundtowers - built as a fortification by ruthless iron-master Crawshay Bailey - in the heart of the Hills of Monmouthshire iron district; and, most dramatically, we filled the Court Room of the Shire Hall. Monmouthsire, where the mass treason trial of John Frost and his fellow defendants was held. 

Our full day's coach tour re-traced sections of the route taken on the Chartists March to Newport; we passed through the landscapes of power of the landowner-capitalists and the Chartists of the industrial frontier; we filled the Court Room of Monmouthsire Shire Hall where the Chartist Trial proceedings took place; and returned to Newport for a commemoration event at St Woolos Cathedral. 

The day's journey transformed the fractured geography and spaces of the everyday into a coherent story and landscape of Chartism, a network of Chartist and anti-Chartist activity, charged with human narrative and historical detail to produce unique insights into some of the places and individual actors of Chartism. | jw_nov_07

 

  • Read a full reflection on the Sunday 4 November 2007 Chartist Tour here.

  •   View a video clip of the Chartist Tour here

 

 

[3]    Chartist network: Marching and meeting


Dukestown

 

"Afterwards saw them at another meeting held ad Dukes Town above Sirhowy - it was after the meeting at the Blackwood - Frost and Jones were both present and addressed the meetings at Dukes Town on the subject of the Charter - they urged the people to obtain the Charter to have it in a quiet way if they could and if they could not have it in a quiet way have it they would - they say they will have it - they told the meeting that they were men enough in Dukes Town to take the Charter by force - there were present at Dukes Town a good many thousand . I know the men had come in every direction to the meeting- I saw them marching in different directions, some from Tredegar, some from Ebbw Vale, some from Blackwood, some from Pontypool, from Merthyr and different other places - the men were going there from all parts- I heard them tell the men to be ready and lend their hands when they were called - this was said by Frost and Jones (...)" 

 

| Chartist Trial Proceedings | Evidence of Morgan James, who had enrolled as a Chartist at Newport and attended meetings in the Monmouthsire valleys. | Chartist leaders Frost and Jones had addressed a meeting of thousands at Dukestown in August 1839, and the meeting was chaired by the Chartist Dr Price of Pontypridd (- who fled to Paris after the Newport Rising of 4 November 1839).

 

Explore | Chartist Dukestown

 

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[2]    Chartist prism: The signs on the street

 

Chartism - the signs on the street of a memorialized past in public statues, memorials, plaques and other forms of public art.  Fragmented signs and space - or, heroic narrative and place of Chartism? Sites of memory and forgetting, sedition and freedom, power and struggle.







 

 

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Defamiliarizing the landmark - Walking the street, we tend to pass by everyday familiar landmarks. Despite their size they dissolve from our very sight. Public statues and other forms of public art are no exception - the noble becomes a traffic island, we do not enquire into his past deeds.

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore | chartistprism


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[1]    A geography of Chartism: From Westgate Square to the Chartist Caves

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

v_0.1 | 10 Oct 2007

Use the following visualization tools to explore the geography of Chartism.


Visualization:

 
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