Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Manchester's Radical Mayor: Abel Heywood, The Man who Built the Town Hall
By Joanna M. Williams (The History Press, 2017)

Abel Heywood’s memory deserves better. Search on Google for the man who almost personified Liberal Manchester in the middle decades of the 19th century and you will find page after page about a boutique hotel bearing his name.

Finally, eventually, an entry in the DNB appears before we go back to more hotel guest reviews. And that is about it.

Fortunately, a new biography by Joanna Williams sets out to recover the life story of this important figure from Manchester’s radical past – from the campaign for a free press in the 1830s, via Chartism and the Liberal Party to the office of mayor.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Cartoon 1. Thomas James Arnold on 10 April 1848

"10 April 1848" by John Paget.



The first cartoon in the series serves as a sort of title page to the set. It shows Thomas James Arnold, police magistrate at Worship Street police court - and the subject of the series of illustrations.

Cartoon 2. The Civil Power takes command of the Blues

"The Blues are placed at the disposal of the Civil Power" by John Paget.



The second cartoon in the series shows Thomas Arnold, cane in one hand, raising his hat as a senior officer introduces him to the men of the Royal Horse Artillery (the Blues).

Cartoon 3. Explaining the law of riots and unlawful assembly

"The Civil Power expounds the Law of Riots, Rout and Unlawful As[sembly]" by John Paget.



The third cartoon in the series shows Thomas Arnold, perched in the giant boot representing the Duke of Wellington, setting out the law for a senior officer of the Royal Horse Artillery (the Blues).

Cartoon 4. Riot Act and the command to charge

"The Civil Power reads the Riot Act. & gives the word of Command" by John Paget.



The fourth cartoon in the series shows Thomas Arnold emerging from the giant boot - representing the Duke of Wellington, who was in overall control of the defence of London on the day of the great Chartist meeting on Kennington Common.