Dismissal of Richard Oastler
Richard Oastler (1789-1861), the Factory King. Advocate of the Abolition of Slavery and also for improving factory legislation. In 1838 he and his supporters effectively stage-managed his dismissal as steward of the Fixby Estates by his opposition to the estate’s Commissioners and the New Poor Law. It was recorded at the time that “The procession was headed by a number of gentlemen on horseback, with white wands, and decorated with Oastler’s medal suspended from a white ribbon ..”.
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