Chartist Ancestors


































































































Chartist Ancestors Pioneers of democracy

A day event to commemorate the Anniversary of The Newport Chartist Rising



  • CONTACT pat.drewett[at] - tel. 01633 677783 
  • Enjoy -  a day of local stories – Step into early Victorian Newport
  • Discover - how descendants have found their Chartist roots  
  • Entrance is free - book now to avoid disappointment   









Chartist Ancestors Pioneers of democracy

  • A day event to commemorate the Anniversary of The Newport Chartist Rising, 4 November 1839
  • Venue: St. Mary’s Institute, Stow Hill, Newport - next door to the Westgate Hotel

Coffee available from 10.45

11.10 The Chartist Story | Pat Drewett, Kim Colebrook
11.40 Newport in 1839 | Colin Gibson, Les James







12.00 - 12.45 CHARTIST WALK | From the Westgate Hotel to the Newport Chartist Mural 


12.45 Lunch - Bring a packed lunch or eat nearby 







13.30 KEYNOTE SPEAKER | Paul Flynn, MP (Newport West)

13.45 OUR CHARTIST ANCESTORS | Descendants reveal their family stories

  • William Ferriday | One of the Chartists killed at the Westgate Hote
  • John Lovell of Newport | Wounded at the Westgate Hotel, charged with High Treason      
  • John Frost | Mayor of Newport and Chartist Leader | Transported to Tasmania for High Treason
  • James Horner | Shoemaker, publican and Chartist organiser in Newport     
  • Wright Beatty | Newport coal trimmer | 3 years hard labour for firing at the military      
  • John Partridge | Chartist printer in Newport | Six months hard labour     
  • Thomas Phillips | Mayor of Newport in 1839 | Knighted for his action as Mayor in defending Newport against the Chartist Insurrection

15.15 Tea break


15.45 BRAINS TRUST | Experts answer questions about how to find out about the people of the Chartist era

  • Peter Brown | University of Wales, Newport
  • Colin Gibson | Gwent Record Office
  • John Humphries | Author of The Man from the Alamo
  • Rachael Anderton | Newport City Museum 
  • Alun Prescott | Newport City Library

16.45 CONCLUSION | Film showing

  • A film of the unveiling of the Chartist Memorial Stone at  St. Woolos Cathedral by Alexander Cordell in 1988. Film shown courtesy of Glyn Walters.


Chartist Ancestors is hosted by Accent Newport Trust, which is currently seeking funding to include a Chartist Heritage Centre in St. Mary’s Institute, Stow Hill, Newport. 

The Chartist Ancestors event is supported by:HERIAN (Heritage in Action) | Newport Museum and Art Gallery | Newport City Library | Gwent Record Office | Gwent Local History Council | The University of Wales, Newport