National Agricultural Labourers Union

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Wellesbourne

Wellesbourne HallWellesbourne HastingsWellesbourne, Warwickshire
The union's origins lay in a meeting at Wellesbourne in Warwickshire, held in February 1872.
Perhaps the most significant event in Wellesbourne's history was the founding in 1872 of the National Agricultural Labourers Union by Joseph Arch – an event once celebrated by an annual parade, which it was hoped to be revived in 2010.

Joseph Arch

Joseph Arch, a well-known labourer and Methodist preacher, addressed a meeting which was to have been held in the Stags Head pub.
Then on Good Friday, 29 March 1872, farm workers from all parts of South Warwickshire met in Leamington to form the Warwickshire Agricultural Labourers Union and after agitation up and down the country, the National Agricultural Labourers Union was established on 29 May with Arch as its president.

Free Breakfast Table

It also supported the Liberal Party's "Free Breakfast Table" policy of abolishing taxes on basic foodstuffs.
The National Agricultural Labourers Union held the Free Breakfast Table as "an article of faith" and the idea helped to safeguard Liberal Party support in rural areas after the Representation of the People Act 1884.

George M. Ball

Activists in the union included George M. Ball, Arthur Clayden, Jesse Collings, Howard Evans and Auberon Herbert, Harry Nicolls and Hugh Fairfax-Cholmeley.
When the National Agricultural Labourers' Union (NALU) was founded in 1872, he was immediately enthusiastic, joining up and becoming the delegate for his district.

Jesse Collings

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Activists in the union included George M. Ball, Arthur Clayden, Jesse Collings, Howard Evans and Auberon Herbert, Harry Nicolls and Hugh Fairfax-Cholmeley.
He was a friend of Joseph Arch, the founder of the National Agricultural Labourers Union, who lived in Barford, Warwickshire, near Birmingham.

Arthur Clayden

Activists in the union included George M. Ball, Arthur Clayden, Jesse Collings, Howard Evans and Auberon Herbert, Harry Nicolls and Hugh Fairfax-Cholmeley.
Clayden early identified himself with the agricultural labourers' movement, becoming a member of the consultative committee of the National Agricultural Labourers' Union, under the presidency of Joseph Arch.

Howard Evans (journalist)

Howard Evans
Activists in the union included George M. Ball, Arthur Clayden, Jesse Collings, Howard Evans and Auberon Herbert, Harry Nicolls and Hugh Fairfax-Cholmeley.
Evans travelled the country for the National Agricultural Labourers' Union and believed that something must be done.

Auberon Herbert

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Activists in the union included George M. Ball, Arthur Clayden, Jesse Collings, Howard Evans and Auberon Herbert, Harry Nicolls and Hugh Fairfax-Cholmeley.
He was an ardent supporter of Joseph Arch and spoke at the mass meeting at Leamington on Good Friday 1872, when the National Agricultural Labourers' Union was formed.

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The National Agricultural Labourers Union (NALU) was a trade union representing farm workers in Great Britain.

Great Britain

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The National Agricultural Labourers Union (NALU) was a trade union representing farm workers in Great Britain.

Warwickshire

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The union's origins lay in a meeting at Wellesbourne in Warwickshire, held in February 1872.

Leamington Spa

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On Good Friday, the committee held a meeting at Leamington Spa which established the Warwickshire Agricultural Labourers Union, Arch becoming its president, Henry Taylor its general secretary, and Matthew Vincent its treasurer.

Liberal Party (UK)

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It also supported the Liberal Party's "Free Breakfast Table" policy of abolishing taxes on basic foodstuffs.

London dock strike of 1889

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In 1890, Arch began a new recruitment campaign; many workers were inspired by the London Dock strike of 1889, and membership again rose above 15,000, two-thirds of them in Norfolk.

Norfolk

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In 1890, Arch began a new recruitment campaign; many workers were inspired by the London Dock strike of 1889, and membership again rose above 15,000, two-thirds of them in Norfolk.

Harriston, Ontario

Harriston
Speakers included the provincial Premier, Oliver Mowat, and R.H. Taylor, secretary of the English National Agricultural Labourers Union.

National Union of Agricultural and Allied Workers

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The first three branches of the union were in Norfolk at St Faith's (former stronghold of Joseph Arch's old National Agricultural Labourers Union) and Kenninghall and Shipham.

All Jolly Fellows that Follow the Plough

A text of the song is included with other songs sung by members of the National Agricultural Labourers' Union in a contemporary book about industrial agitation in 1874.

Milborne Port

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In April 1873 a local Shepherd, William Osmond was victimised and sent to jail with six months hard Labour for organising agricultural labourers in the area (inspired by George Mitchell, Somerset leader of the National Agricultural Labourers Union).

Walter Pardon

Among his more unusual songs were anthems of the nineteenth century National Agricultural Labourers' Union led by Joseph Arch, such as "We Meet Today in Freedom's Cause" (Roud

Sir Charles Mordaunt, 10th Baronet

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Mordaunt was an active campaigner against the Warwickshire Agricultural Labourers Union formed by Joseph Arch.

Swanbourne

There was an agricultural strike in Swanbourne in 1873, led by some members of the Primitive Methodist Chapel who were in the National Agricultural Labourers' Union (NALU).

Nalu

the National Agricultural Labourers Union, NALU, a former trade union in the UK