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.

Thomas Barlow Petition

  • Place: Lancaster
  • Role: Injured
  • Occupation: Weaver
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Samuel Bamford Eyewitness Account

  • Place: Middleton
  • Role: Demonstrator
  • Occupation: Writer
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Jemima Bamford Eyewitness Account

  • Place: Oldham
  • Role: Spectator
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Samuel Allcard Eyewitness Account

  • Place: Oldham
  • Role: Eyewitness
  • Occupation: Plasterer
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