The first know visit of the Clarion Van to Dronfield, Derbyshire
Thursday 16th June 1898
The Clarion van visited again in October 1909 and for four days in July 1910
Edward Carpenter lived close by at Totley (also an early anarchist Colony at Norton Hall)
Arthur Ernest" Chandler (Unstone) (1875-1958), and his brothers very active in establishing socialism in Dronfield.
A.E Chandler active the Railway Clerks Association (now TSSA) and in establishing Sheffield British Socialist Party along with Alfred Barton and George Fletcher in August 1911
He was President of Sheffield Trades Council 1917-18
Also active in Social Democratic Federation
Sheffield LRC 1903
Spoke at Dronfield on taking back the Duke of Rutland's land in July 1909
Delegate to Yorkshire Workers & Soldiers Council July 1917
A. E Chandler (Sheffield Railway Clerks Assoc at the RCA Conference in Hull 1910, stated "The time has arrived when the means of production and distribution of wealth should be owned and controlled by the people and worked in the common interest of all the Workers."The state violence used against the railway strikers of 1911 also left an impression. he argued for trade unionists to arm and drill themselves in order to prevent a repeat next time.
March 1919 - "the most dangerous man in Britain" Scottish Socialist Leader John Maclean speaking in Dronfield