Battle of Bexley Square

Bexley Square plaque 111-32093

This plaque is on a wall in Bexley Square in front of old Salford Town Hall.

The 1920s and 30s was an era of mass unemployment. On 1 October 1931, 10,000 unemployed men and women marched to Salford Town Hall at Bexley Square. As campaigners tried to hand in a petition protesting against means-tested benefits and unemployment they were met with awful violence from the very men charged with protecting their liberty.

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One of those arrested on the day was Eddie Frow, who later established with his wife Ruth, the Working Class Movement Library

Photograph: Tony Shaw, a Unite Community member from Mytholmroyd.