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The Kennington Chartist Project

In 1848, a year of unrest and revolutions across Europe, Kennington was at the centre of national events as tens of thousands of people gathered on Kennington Common. The people came in support of 'The Charter', six demands for democratic reform.

The aim of the march was to deliver a petition to parliament in support of the charter, which claimed six million signatures. Many expected violence and fear of revolution was tangible. The army was brought onto the streets of London, and 85,000 special constables were recruited. The Times newspaper was “alarmed beyond measure”.

On the day the Chartist leadership feared a massacre and agreed a compromise - the petition was delivered to parliament by a small delegation. Violence and revolution had been averted, but the issues raised then still resonate today.


The 1848 Chartist Rally on Kennington Common
Starts: 2.30pm
Ends: 4.00pm
FREE (Booking via eventbrite required) - Book online

For London History Day at 2.30pm, the Kennington Chartist Project will offer a free guided tour of Kennington Park, beating the bounds of the old common and telling the story of how London prepared for this significant event. What were the Chartist's demands, and how had the movement come about? How were Londoners effected by this event, and how was violence was averted? We will tell the stories of some of the Chartist leaders, and their adversaries, the varying reports that followed, and their significance today.

Please arrive by 2.20.

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Prince Consort Lodge (Trees for Cities)
Kennington Park Road
London SE11 4AS

Kennington Chartist Project

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