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Beyond Peterloo (Paperback)

Elijah Dixon and Manchester's Forgotten Reformers

British History Social History Victorian Era

By Alan Hampson, Rob Hargreaves, Foreword by Maxine Peake
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 230
ISBN: 9781526725097
Published: 6th June 2018

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ELIJAH DIXON played a key role in the Blanketeers' March of 1817. Arrested, chained in double irons and imprisoned without trial, the episode set the stage for the Peterloo Massacre.

Everybody in Victorian Manchester knew of Elijah Dixon. Over a period of sixty years, he was an ever-present force in the tumultuous politics of the town. He worked alongside the great figures of nineteenth century Radicalism, and as 'The Manchester Man' he became the town’s ambassador for Chartism. An early apostle of votes for women, Temperance advocate, Christian convert, Dixon rose from poverty to make a fortune as Britain’s first mass-producer of matches.

In Beyond Peterloo, Robert Hargreaves and Alan Hampson bring Elijah’s previously overlooked yet vital contribution to social reform to life. Set against the backdrop of the Blanketeers' March of 1817 and the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, they reveal the fascinating story of his life and work as Manchester’s forgotten reformer.

Click here to listen to Robert Hargreaves interview

Salford City Radio with Jill Bowyer, 21st August 2018

Interview with Rob Hargreaves as featured on

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Article: 'New book tells the story of Manchester's forgotten reformer' as featured by

About Manchester, June 19th 2018 - words by Nigel Barlow

Interview article with Rob Hargreaves 'New Moston neighbours' labour of love to celebrate forgotten Manchester hero' as featured by

I love MCR, 23rd July 2018 - words by Ana Iliescu
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