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The Ascott martyrs : sixteen women from Ascott-under-Wychwood who were sent over the hills to glory / Beverley McCombs.

By: McCombs, Beverley C.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington, New Zealand : Writes Hill Press Limited, 2016Copyright date: © 2016Description: viii, 146 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780992260385; 0992260388.Other title: Sixteen women from Ascott-under-Wychwood who were sent over the hills to glory.Subject(s): Strikes and lockouts -- Agricultural labourers -- England -- Ascott-under-Wychwood | Women prisoners -- England -- Biography | Agricultural laborers -- England -- Oxfordshire -- Ascott-under-Wychwood -- Biography | Labor movement -- Great Britain | Immigrants -- New Zealand | Ascott-under-Wychwood (England) -- Social conditions -- 19th century | England -- Social conditions -- 19th century | Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901Summary: The story of sixteen women from Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, who, 143 years ago, were jailed for trying to stop labourers from a neighbouring village working the fields while their own menfolk were on strike for better wages and work conditions. Newspaper coverage of their treatment in prison, and questions in the House of Commons, brought increased publicity for the fledgling union, and exposed for public scrutiny the exploitation of English agricultural labourers. The women were later celebrated as martyrs and several emigrated to New Zealand. Biographies of the sixteen women and an index of names is included in the book. This is a must-have publication, particularly for family historians researching their Oxfordshire forebears.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 134-137) and index.

The story of sixteen women from Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, who, 143 years ago, were jailed for trying to stop labourers from a neighbouring village working the fields while their own menfolk were on strike for better wages and work conditions. Newspaper coverage of their treatment in prison, and questions in the House of Commons, brought increased publicity for the fledgling union, and exposed for public scrutiny the exploitation of English agricultural labourers. The women were later celebrated as martyrs and several emigrated to New Zealand. Biographies of the sixteen women and an index of names is included in the book. This is a must-have publication, particularly for family historians researching their Oxfordshire forebears.