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Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Henry Hunt Maxine Peake Edit Storyline An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter's Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history.
To radicals and reformers Peterloo came to symbolize Tory callousness and tyranny. The August meeting was the culmination of a series of political rallies held in , a year of industrial depression and high food prices. Presided over by the radical leader Henry Hunt , the meeting was intended as a great demonstration of discontent, and its political object was parliamentary reform. About 60, persons attended, including a high proportion of women and children.
None was armed, and their behaviour was wholly peaceable. The magistrates, who had been nervous before the event, were alarmed by the size and mood of the crowd and ordered the Manchester yeomenry to arrest the speakers immediately after the meeting had begun.
The untrained yeomenry did not confine themselves to seizing the leaders but, wielding sabres, made a general attack on the crowd. The chairman of the bench of magistrates thereupon ordered the 15th Hussars and the Cheshire Volunteers to join the attack; in 10 minutes the place was cleared except for bodies. The numbers of killed and wounded were disputed; probably about people were injured and 11 killed.
Hunt and the other radical leaders were arrested, tried, and convicted—Hunt being sent to prison for two years. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.
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