Plotting all the places in Papers Relative to the Internal State of the Country, 1819

I've just tried out BatchGeo as a quick way of plotting my spatial data.

Just create a csv file of locations and associated data, copy it as a table in their website, and then it plots the points for you, in a nicer and more user-friendly way than, say, google fusion tables. It's exportable as a kml file too.

So here are (most of) the places mentioned as meeting sites in Papers Relative to the Internal State of the Country, 1819, the appendix to the parliamentary committee which provided evidence to support the passing of the Six Acts after Peterloo.

View Papers relative to the internal state in a full screen map

Obviously most activity was centred on Manchester and its surrounds, with other activity in Huddersfield-Leeds-Halifax, and also some reports of meetings in Newcastle and Paisley. The pattern perhaps tells us much more about the relative state of active magistrates and military leaders across the country. It is certainly not definitive evidence of all the places where radicals reacted to Peterloo but rather an indication of where loyalist authorities felt most threatened and which letters were selected by the government as proof that the Six Acts were needed to suppress 'sedition'.

Here is the map as done in google fusion tables:


Here are the locations of the Carlisle radical union, who requisitioned a meeting on Coalfell Hill on 11 October 1819, to protest against what happened at Peterloo and to call for radical reform. [source = Carlisle Patriot, 2 October 1819, but unfortunately there are no house numbers, and 'Caldewgate' covers a whole area of working-class residential and workshop filled streets].

View Carlisle Radicals October 1819 in a full screen map

Exported as a kml file, and put on a warped map on google earth, we get this:

Carlisle radical union, October 1819

I would have expected the majority of the radicals to have been situated in Caldewgate and Shaddongate, with more on Botchergate, as these were the rapidly expanding working-class areas outwith the walls, but in fact several radicals lived within the walls and were spread throughout the city.


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