Battle of Bexley Square

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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.

Read more: http://salfordonline.com/33070-watch-85-years-battle-bexley-square-care.html

http://www.wcml.org.uk/our-collections/protest-politics-and-campaigning-for-change/unemployment/salford-unemployed-march-1931/

Take a look at the cinematic coverage at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA2ITFJsbfI

One of those arrested on the day was Eddie Frow, who later established with his wife Ruth, the Working Class Movement Library http://www.unitetheunion.org/growing-our-union/education/rebelroad/museums/#Working%20Class%20Movement%20Library

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

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