The Peterloo Massacre,1819.

The Peterloo Massacre published by Richard Carlile in 1819. Photograph: Courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives
On the morning of 16 August 1819, an immense crowd poured into Manchester, perhaps the largest the town had ever seen.
They came in an orderly and peaceful fashion. Banners bearing slogans such as “Liberty and Fraternity” and “Taxation without Representation is Unjust and Tyrannical” flapped in the breeze, and bands played patriotic tunes including Rule Britannia and God Save the King. It was a fine and sunny day.
On they came in cheerful mood; organised contingents from Bolton and Bury; 6,000 marching from Rochdale and Middleton; others from Saddleworth and Stalybridge; 200 women dressed in white from Oldham, together with families bringing their children and picnics with them.
If later estimates that 60,000 people gathered at St Peter’s Fields that day are correct, it means that practically half the population of Manchester and the surrounding towns (a crowd somewhat larger than that at Manchester City home matches today) had come to attend a meeting calling for parliamentary reform.
Having the vote mattered, they believed; it would change everything and force politicians to listen to their views and needs – and respond.
A young businessman, 25-year-old John Benjamin Smith, was watching with his aunt from a window overlooking the open space on the edge of the town near St Peter’s Church.

He later wrote: “There were crowds of people in all directions, full of good humour, laughing and shouting and making fun … It seemed to be a gala day with the country people who were mostly dressed in their best and brought with them their wives, and when I saw boys and girls taking their father’s hand in the procession, I observed to my aunt: ‘These are the guarantees of their peaceable intentions – we need have no fears.’”
The people were expecting speeches and a good day out. What they were not anticipating was violence, carried out by troops sent in to disperse them, so aggressively that 18 people would be killed and more than 650 injured in the bloodiest political clash in British history.

The Massacre of Peterloo! or a Specimen of English Liberty by JL Marks. Photograph: The Art Archive/Rex/Shutterstock
What happened at St Peter’s Fields would become known as the Peterloo Massacre – a name coined by a local journalist named James Wroe in punning reference to the Battle of Waterloo four years earlier.
Wroe paid for the joke by seeing his radical newspaper, the Manchester Observer, closed down, and was himself sentenced to a year’s imprisonment for seditious libel.
Read on via Source: The bloody clash that changed Britain | News | The Guardian

Wastwater Lake in Cumbria is UK’s Deepest.

Wastwater Lake in Cumbria in the evening light is a view that’s hard to beat.
Above the far shore are Scafell and Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, a little to the left.
At  a depth of 258ft (79m), Wastwater is England’s deepest lake.
Image Credit: Photograph by RichardDerwent/GuardianWitness
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Hadrian’s Roman Wall, 122 AD.

hadrian_wall-750x400A defensive fortification wall in the Roman province of Britannica which was built in AD122 during the reign of Emperor Hadrian and is known as Hadrian’s Wall.
Hadrian’s wall is also known as the Roman Wall or Vallum Hadriani.
The wall is made of stone base and stone wall, which runs between Solway Firth and River Tyne.
Unlike other historic places, Hadrian’s Wall has stunning landscape, great wildlife, class archaeology, funky pubs, vibrant cities and a friendly population inviting people to visit.
The Hadrian Wall Walk is a popular activity.
The place teaches about British Roman history, where adults and children can learn about it.
The Hadrian Wall Path has gained great significance, the wall can be followed by foot way.
Over time the place has become a popular tourist spot and good attraction in Northern England.
Hadrian’s Wall was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1987.
via Hadrian Wall: A Long Roman Wall | Around The Globe

Magical Forest.

Davies_05Ellie Davies’ studio is the forest, creating magical, fairytale-like stills throughout the United Kingdom.
Davies has been exploring this terrain for the past seven years, attempting to uncover the complex interrelationships between landscape and the individual.
Davies creates both temporary and non-invasive interventions within each forested scene.
By incorporating pools of light, smoke, and craft materials she places the viewer in the liminal space between reality and fantasy, a re-exploration of the natural world around us.
In her series Stars, the artist overlays her own photography with stars plucked from imagery taken by the Hubble space telescope. These mystical images are created in order to encourage pause, and provoke thoughts about how landscapes influences our identity.
Davies lives in London and received her MA in Photography from London College of Communications in 2008.
She is represented by several international galleries including A.Galerie in Paris, Crane Kalman Brighton, Sophie Maree Gallery in The Netherlands, Brucie Collections in Kiev, and Art Gemini, Singapore.
via Ellie Davies Creates Forest Landscapes Illuminated with Fields of Stars and Smoke | Colossal.