Walk do139 Athelhampton from Tolpuddle

A stroll through history


Route outline for walk do139:

Tolpuddle  -  Southover Heath  -  Clyff Copse  -  Tincleton Hang  -  Cowpound Wood  -  Athelhamton  -  Park Farm  -  Tolpuddle



Points of Interest/Notes on this walk:

The Tolpuddle Martyrs:
Tolpuddle became famous in 1830 when local farm labourers were forced to accept a reduction in their weekly wage from 9s to 7s (45p to 35p). One of these labourers, George Loveless, formed a Society (or Trades Union) & held meetings under a tree on the village green - much to the alarm of the local land owners. To preserve their secrecy, Loveless introduced passwords & an oath for new members.
As a result, Loveless & five others were arrested & charged with 'taking an illegal oath'. (The local press suggested that the mens' ability to read & write was the root of the problem & that education should be abolished!)
At the 1834 trial, all six were found guilty & deported to Australia. However, all were pardoned on appeal & returned to England between 1837 & 1839. Of the six, only James Hammett returned to Tolpuddle. He died in 1891 & his grave is clearly marked in Tolpuddle churchyard.

The Martyrs' Tree in Tolpuddle village is (sadly) not the original.


You can find more walks near this one on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)


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OL15 Purbeck and South Dorset


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194 Dorchester & Weymouth, Cerne Abbas & Bere Regis


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk do139 Athelhampton from Tolpuddle

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Walk do139 Athelhampton from Tolpuddle - James Hammett's grave stone (one of the Tolpuddle Martyrs) in Tolpuddle Churchyard

James Hammett's grave stone (one of the Tolpuddle Martyrs) in Tolpuddle Churchyard

Photo: Nick Nicholson (2)

Walk do139 Athelhampton from Tolpuddle - Tolpuddle Church

Tolpuddle Church

Photo: Nick Nicholson (1)

Walk do139 Athelhampton from Tolpuddle - Pretty cottage in Tolpuddle

Pretty cottage in Tolpuddle

Photo: Nick Nicholson (3)


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