Merthyr Uprising

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The Merthyr Rising of 1831 and the execution of Dic Penderyn.

Eddie Butler describes the week long revolt in Merthyr Tydfil in 1831, an event that has since become known as Merthyr Rising. This rebellion with its background in the social conditions faced by workers in Merthyr at the time was the first time in British history that the red flag was raised and eventually led to the hanging of martyr Dic Penderyn ( Richard Lewis) for supposedly injuring a soldier.
From: Wales and the History of the World ; Ideas
First broadcast : 24 March 2010

Teachers' notes

Age Group : 11-14

Subject : History

Topic : Industrial Wales and Britain, Victorians

Keywords : Merthyr Rising, Chartists, Red flag, Dic Penderyn, Politics, History of protest

Notes : Can use to study Merthyr Tydfil local history, Victorian Wales or workers risings. What was the significance of the raising of the red flag? Use in history, politics or the history of protest.


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