Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Robert Blatchford - Clarion - Grave

Robert Blatchford's - Editor of the Clarion newspaper
Final resting place - Grave

Horsham, West Sussex 
Hills Cemetery Horsham
Grave PLOTM 016 Clarion 


Clarion Van Clarion Cycling Clarion Choir Clarion Football, Clarion Swimming Clarion Cinderella, Clarion Needlecraft Clarion Club House Clarion Field Club

Clarion Van at Epsom - Surrey - August 1907

Thomas Gavan Duffy was one of the first socialist speakers at Epsom 
during a visit from the famous Clarion Van August 1907 
Duffy later MP Whitehaven

The Clarion "William Morris" Van  visited Epsom again in June 1909

Monday, 25 October 2021

Clarion Van at Dronfield - Derbyshire 1898

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. 

Chandler lived at Unstone - his brother Leon Gambetta Chandler stood as as socialist in March 1910 election Urban Council for Dronfield for the Socialist Party

March 1919 -  "the most dangerous man in Britain" Scottish Socialist Leader John Maclean speaking in Dronfield 

Clarion Report 1898

July 24th 1909

Edward Carpenter speaks 20th November 1911
Clarion report October 1909

Ernest brother, Leon Gambetta Chandler stood as socialist candidate for Dronfield - Leon born Derby December 1877 married Gertrude Elvidge September 1903 died 1959 Sheffield

Clarion Newspaper 72 Fleet Street London

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Country Standard - September 2021 Editorial


Country Standard Editorial


Clarion Cafe Manchester - An Ideal Cafe


Hastings SDF - Clarion Cycling Club

Ragged Trouser Philanthropist

Social Democratic Federation (SDF) cycling into town to spread the gospel of socialism

A tactic pioneered and used wildly by the Clarion Cycling Club