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So much has been written about the small, but important village of Tolpuddle – where the coming of age of the trades union happened nearly 200 years ago.
Its famous sons, the Tolpuddle Martyrs, will never be forgotten after their pioneering protest landed them on a ship to Australia.
Even now thousands of people from all over the world gather in the little village, which ordinarily has a population of just over 400, each year for the three-day Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival.
They march through the village holding banners and placards, playing music and dancing in celebration of the six men who formed a secret society under a sycamore tree in 1831.
That tree is now the largest sycamore in Dorset and in the intervening years much has been done to address workers’ rights.
Back then, the men had simply had enough of their wages shrinking. Growing mechanisation had lessened reliance on manual labour and the new Enclosures Act allowed landwners to grab land from peasants they had relied upon for food production. The result was that agricultural workers saw their wages slip from 10 to seven shillings a week, then to six – enough was enough.
George Loveless and five others formed a ‘Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers’, and they swore on oath they would not work for less than ten shillings a week.
Their actions were legal – trades unions had been recognised for ten years by this time – however wealthy local landowner James Frampton was uneasy about their society and wrote to the Home Secretary to complain.
The six were arrested, found guilty and transported to Australia using an obscure law intended for members of the Navy, but public pressure was such – 800,000 signatures were collected for their release – that their sentence was shortly revoked by the new Home Secretary, Lord John Russell, and all but one of the men were freed.
Over a century later, a thatched Martyrs’ Seat was erected in 1934 by wealthy draper Sir Ernest Debenham of the Debenham’s department stores, who created the Bladen estate in neighbouring Briantspuddle. The Trades Union Congress built six memorial cottages in their honour, one of which now houses a small museum in tribute to the six men.
Against this important slice of history as a backdrop, Tolpuddle is a typically pretty English village, with thatched cottages, a small chapel and a 13th century church. Until 1999 it was a thoroughfare to the westcountry – the A35 ran right through it. But with the advent of the A35 bypass the village has fallen silent again, and commands some of the higher prices in the Dorset area.
Properties in Tolpuddle had an overall average price of £305,375 over the last year.
The majority of sales in Tolpuddle during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £235,750. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £250,000, with detached properties fetching £500,000.
Overall, sold prices in Tolpuddle over the last year were 9% down on the previous year and 17% down on the 2014 peak of £367,768.
Good schools are in nearby Puddletown and Bere Regis and you can be in the county town of Dorchester in ten minutes, Salisbury in 40 minutes.
Other reminders of the martyrs are dotted around – the local pub is called the Martyrs Inn and the village green and sycamore tree under which the men are said to have sworn their fateful oath, are owned and preserved by the National Trust as one of their smallest properties.
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