From Trails to Trials

The period when theChiefZephaniahc Tithe maps were being drawn was a very exciting period in Welsh history, and one of the most dramatic events was the Chartist uprising. This was a mass movement throughout the UK in support of a charter with surprisingly reasonable demands including the right to vote and salaried MPs.

As a part of this campaign in November 1839 thousands of protesters traveled from the Gwent valleys to Newport and attempted to occupy the town without success. The trials which followed produced a large number of documents which have already been digitised.

The From Trails to Trials project aims to transcribe all the trial documents and geo-tag them to the contemporary tithe maps. There will also be activities involving local communities including contributing to the 175th anniversary of the uprising in November.

Visit the project’s facebook page or follow @Trails2Trials on Twitter for the latest news and updates.

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For more information about the history of Chartism, visit our blog pages:

Chartism and Human Rights

The Chartists’ Heartland

Vote, vote, vote!

Chartism in the Modern World