@prideofmcr Exactly 200 years ago, at 13:50 on 16th August 1819, Manchester magistrates ordered the unarmed and peaceful 60,000 strong crowd at Peterloo be dispersed by 120 cavalrymen of the Manchester & Salford Yeomanry (a volunteer regiment of publicans, shopkeepers and tradesmen), backed by 600 men of the 15th King's Hussars, 400 heavy-handed special constables, 400 men of Cheshire Yeomanry, several hundred foot soldiers and a Royal Horse Artillery unit with two huge guns.
As the cavalry galloped towards St. Peter's Fields (the area in front of @mcr_central), 2 year old WILLIAM FILDES was knocked out of his mother's arms and killed in front of their house on Cooper Street/Kennedy Street (home to @cityarmsmcr, @thevineinn, @porky_pig_carvery and @salutwines).
On reaching the protest, the cavalry, lead by Tory politician and Manchester mill owner Hugh Hornby Birley, then charged the crowd, trampling to death JAMES CROMPTON (Barton-upon-Irwell), before raising their sabres and slashing to death MARGARET DOWNES (Manchester), EDMUND and WILLIAM DAWSON (Saddleworth), JOHN ASHTON (Chadderton), and Waterloo-veteran JOHN LEES (Oldham).
THOMAS BUCKLEY (Chadderton) was both sabred and stabbed with a bayonet, whilst WILLIAM BRADSHAW (Bury) and JOSHUA WHITWORTH were shot dead, .
ARTHUR NEIL of Pigeon Street (behind The Jolly Angler) was crushed by the dispersing crowd and MARTHA PARTINGTON (Eccles) was killed after being thrown into a cellar.
Special constables JOHN ASHWORTH and WILLIAM EVANS were trampled by the cavalry whilst their colleague, ROBERT CAMPBELL, was killed by an angry mob, possibly in retaliation for the death of mother of seven, SARAH JONES of 96 Silk Street, Salford, who was battered by a truncheon. .
Pregnant mother of six, MARY HEYS (Manchester), who was trampled by the cavalry, and JOHN RHODES (Hopwood), who was slashed in the head, died of their injuries later with Manchester magistrates covering up their involvement by recording "natural deaths".