Eyewitness Accounts

Eyewitness Accounts

To commemorate the 200 year anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre the Peterloo 2019 Ambassadors have worked in partnership with Professor Robert Poole (University of Central Lancashire), author of Peterloo: the English Uprising to compile the 400+ eyewitness accounts which include press reports and petitions.

This is the first time the original accounts have been compiled into an online archive. You can now use the website to search by name, place and role and learn more about the eyewitness accounts from 1819.

Liverpool Mercury Report

20 Aug. Written by an ‘eye witness’ describes the crowd waiting in an orderly way for Mr Hunt whilst bands played. Description of of the attack on the hustings by the Cavalry and names some of those taken to the New Bailey. Account of events that followed including crowds smashing windows at New Cross.

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Manchester Observer Report

Provides account of the day, with the claims that they were ‘informed’ that yeomanry would interfere would the protest.

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Manchester Mercury Report

“The events of yesterday will bring down upon the name of Hunt and his accomplices, the deep and lasting execrations of many a sorrowing family, and of the well-affected members of society at large.”

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Manchester Herald Report

Reports placards placed by local authorities in Manchester and Salford; each state that people should remain indoors.

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Manchester Gazette Report

Gives Hunts speech; describes the imagery depicted on the flags; notes that women and girls were among those in the crowd.

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