History explorer: The Chartist movement

Dr Joan Allen visits Rosedene cottage in Worcestershire to explore the 19th-century campaign for working-class enfranchisement

Rosedene Cottage

Visitors to London on 10 April 1848 would have been taken aback by the sight of more than 20,000 people gathered on Kennington Common. They would have been even more surprised if they’d known that the three horse-drawn cabs wending their way slowly from the massed crowd, in the direction of Westminster, were transporting thousands of pieces of paper that contained the signatures of millions of people demanding a host of democratic rights.

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