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Stow Hill Chartist March

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Stow Hill Chartist March

Last moments before disaster...

John Frost encourages his fellow chartists The crowd starts down Stow Hill

On the morning of 4th November 1939, at about 9am the roadway below you was full of armed men. 

Lead by the charismatic John Frost, they had marched overnight from the valleys to demand the release of Chartist prisoners held in Newport.

As they passed this point, the crowd was just moments from a disastrous encounter with soldiers guarding the Westgate Hotel. 

The Chartist March is still remembered in Newport as a decisive step towards democracy.  Local children dress up and follow the route down Stow Hill each year to celebrate the anniversary.

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