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The Tolpuddle Martyr's Tree

Six men used to meet here in the 19th century to form a union to obtain better pay and working conditions; previously, riots had culminated in over 1000 people being imprisoned, transported to penal colonies or executed. The six men were betrayed and arrested and, in a show trial, were sentenced to be exiled to Australia. However, there were protests over the conviction and the men were eventually pardoned. A misty figure seen under the tree might be John Hammett, who was the only one to remain in Tolpuddle after being pardoned. There is one report of six men in 19th century clothing being seen under the tree by a man walking his dog. As he passed, the group turned to look at him and he nodded politely, but when he turned back to look again, they had gone.


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