Tuesday 21 May 2013

240 Chartists in Stockton-on-Tees, Thornaby-on-Tees and Hartlepool

Chartist Ancestors now has an index of some 240 Chartists from the Teesside towns of Stockton-on-Tees, Thornaby-on-Tees and Hartlepool.

The full list, along with other biographical details where known, is in a Google Docs spreadsheet that you can download from this blog post.

My thanks go to the noted Chartist historian Professor Malcolm Chase of the University of Leeds, not just for his permission to use the list but for inputting all the information from his card index.

The index was originally compiled by Professor Chase when researching an article on Chartism, 1838-1858: responses in two Teesside towns, first published in Northern History and subsequently with a postscript in The People's Charter: Democratic Agitation in Early Victorian Britain .

Some of the information compiled at the time was published when Professor Chase published an article on Middlesbrough Chartism, and the list of Middlesbrough Chartists can be found here. But the names from Stockton, Thornaby and Hartlepool have never previously seen the light of day.

The sources used were the Chartist  Land Plan shareholders ' registers in The National Archives and press reports in the Chartist newspapers Northern Liberator and Northern Star,  cross referenced to the 1851 Census.

As the attached spreadsheet shows, the names (organised by town) are supplemented where possible by a place of birth, age, address, occupation and whether or not they were shareholders in the Land Plan.

A final column indicates those few who belonged to the committee of the Stockton Union Mill (an unsuccessful attempt to launch a flour society by Stockton Chartists in 1839).

Download the index of Teesside Chartists.

1 comment:

mark said...

As a footnote to the post above, I wanted to draw attention to the biography of Teesside Chartist and radical George Markham Tweddell on the People's Republic of Teesside blog. Well worth a look.