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Martyrs' Cottage, Tolpuddle

Description: Martyrs' Cottage

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 106359

OS Grid Reference: SY7949394415
OS Grid Coordinates: 379493, 94415
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7490, -2.2920

Location: Main Road, Tolpuddle, Dorset DT2 7FG

Locality: Tolpuddle
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT2 7FG

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Listing Text

SY 7994 (North SIde)

15/170 Martyrs' Cottage
(formerly listed as
26.1.56 Martyrs' Cottages)

- I

Detached cottage, formerly 2 cottages. Probably C18. Walls part plastered cob,
part brick, colourwashed. Double Roman tile roof with crested ridge. Brick end
stacks. 2 storeys. One part-glazed oak door, and one stable door. Ground floor has
2 casements with glazing bars and one C20 casement. First floor has 2 sashes with
vertical glazing bars, one casement with commemorating house as meeting place of
the Tolpuddle Martyrs. At right end one C20 casement with glazing bars. At left
end a single storey range with gabled roof and one C20 casement. It was the
cottage of Thomas Standfield, one of the six agricultural workers who in 1834 were
transported to the Australian convict settlements for taking an oath illegaly under
the Mutiny Act of 1797 which had been designed to prevent mutinies in the navy.
They were pardoned in 1837 and returned to England in 1838. The public outcry
raised by the case was critical to the early strengthening of the Trade Union
movement. Graded for its historical importance as the meeting place of the Friendly
Society of Agricultural Labourers. Source' The story of Tolpuddle Martyrs TUC
Publications 1984.

Listing NGR: SY7949394415

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Source: English Heritage

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