29 Jun 2019 | Radical Stroud

Radical Inns and Coffee Houses of London

Radical inns, taverns, alehouses, coffee houses, homes, houses, chapels, Institutes, debating clubs and Spencean ‘free and easies’ Derived from a reading of Radical Underworld by Ian McCalman, Radical Culture: Discourse, Resistance and Surveillance ...

29 Jun 2019 | Radical Stroud

Thomas Spence

Part the First Hear his Trumpet of Jubilee Take us far beyond the Tom Paine’s The Rights of Man, Far beyond votes and politics To agrarianism and ‘The People’s Farm’: The Jubilee, the day of freedom, The end of landlords when land would be held i...

02 Jun 2019 | Radical Stroud

The Life of Allen Davenport

Allen Davenport Prologue When you were there at the Hopkins Street political chapel, Or the Archer Street chapel in Soho, Or listening at the Mulberry Tree in Moorfields, In those months before the Cato Street Conspiracy, There, with Robert Wedde...

29 Apr 2019 | Radical Stroud

A Prehistory Trip to Stroud Museum

‘Museums make you more aware: Give You Sense Sensibility Knowledge A foothold in time Make you feel a part of it all’ It’s a right regular education When you visit Stroud Museum, To process through the rooms, On a trek to a prehistor...

11 Mar 2019 | Radical Stroud

Spring Equinox Walk

On Wednesday 20th March 2019, to mark the Spring Equinox, Radical Stroud will carry out a Walk to Circumnavigate the Arlingham Peninsula. There is much to note, remark on and celebrate on the way - Estuarine myths and legends; Ivor Gurney [who sailed...

05 Mar 2019 | Radical Stroud

Thomas Helliker: the Trowbridge Martyr

Prologue I have previously only known the name Semington from information boards on the Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal: a junction with the Kennet and Avon Canal. This is how ‘Heritage’ works: it fixes your view on space and time; it gives the past mea...

17 Feb 2019 | Radical Stroud

A Wiltshire Town and Peterloo

I travelled on the GWR, Built not long after the Orator’s death, Passing through a mill-scape valley Known well by quondam colleague, William Cobbett, On past antique ridge and furrow fields, To Swindon, a town that I am sure Henry ‘Orator’ Hunt ...

05 Feb 2019 | Radical Stroud

Swinish Multitude

Edmund Burke ‘s Statue, Bristol, December 2018 Edmund Burke on the lower orders – ‘ a swinish multitude’ – ‘Along with its natural protectors and guardians, learning will be cast into the mire, and trodden down under the hoofs of a swinish multitude ...

13 Jan 2019 | Radical Stroud

The Kings and Kingdoms

The hollow roll of dates chronicling the tired litany of monarchs. Their dusty bones never sleeping gasping their phantom moans to every generation: To keep on fighting for the kingdom. To never forget king and kingdom comes first. You are its...

13 Jan 2019 | Radical Stroud

WEA Radical History Course

I am delighted to say that I shall be running a short course of four sessions in February and early March on Radical History. The course will be held in Stroud. Full details on this link: https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/2018/courseinfo.aspx?r=...

02 Dec 2018 | Radical Stroud

Trenchcoats For Goalposts

Friday 7th December, 8pm at the Sub Rooms, Stroud Spaniel in the Works Theatre Company present TRENCHCOATS FOR GOALPOSTS - Christmas Truce, 1914 with Jon Seagrave (aka Jonny Fluffypunk,)John Bassett, Bill Jones, Paul Southcott, Stuart Butler, Angela ...

23 Nov 2018 | Radical Stroud

Radical Stroud WW1 and FGR Walk

Radical Stroud WW1 and FGR Walk Saturday November 17th Meet at 12 at Nailsworth War Memorial An Armistice Centenary Walk and Talk Peace at Last! A performative walk and talk through WW1 as it affected Stroud, the Five Valleys, Nailsworth, and Fo...

23 Nov 2018 | Radical Stroud

FGR and WW1

Charles and Ernest go to the football Charles sneaked out unnoticed, from his home in Northfield Road. His first call was only a few yards away, ‘The Jovial Foresters’, not only his local pub, but also the headquarters of his beloved Football Club, ...