Friday, 2 March 2012

Chartism: make mine a pint

A Hertfordshire pub named after the nearby Chartist land settlement of Heronsgate (or O'Connorville, as it was renamed in Feargus's honour) has been named the finest public house in East Anglia.
The Land of Liberty, Peace and Plenty will now go forward to the national finals of the Campaign for Real Ale Awards next February.
Interestingly, the pub appears to have been established as a beerhouse specifically to serve the small Chartist community at O'Connorville – although the settlement itself was "dry", in keeping with the temperance principles which permeated much of Chartism.
A small victory, then, for those who subscribe to Ernest Jones's view that the Charter was "not to be found at the bottom of a glass of water".

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