Sat18May - BURFORD - Levellers Day

Tony Gosling tony at
Thu Apr 18 19:14:06 BST 2013

Levellers Day 2013

Doors are now open!
Volunteers required. Email marlox99 at
To make this year's event happen, we need more 
people to come forward and help us make it the 
special day it has been for many years. Please 
E-mail us today to find out how you can help.

Saturday 18th May 2013. Burford, Oxfordshire.
In the main hall this year we have displays by 
Oxford and District Trades Council and the Bristol Radical History Group

Oxford & District Trades Council:
Oxfordshire Struggles: Past and Present - brings 
together an exhibition of struggle and collective 
protest across the county. From the Levellers to 
the current anti-cuts protests, Oxfordshire has a proud radical tradition.

Bristol Radical History Group.
Since 2006 Bristol Radical History Group have 
held more than 200 events. Concerned with 
'History from Below' they bring together academic 
and community historians to explore how the lives 
and struggles of ordinary people have shaped our 
past and our present, and to remind us that 
ordinary people have the power to shape the 
future. Visit the Bristol Radical History Group website at

Ticket prices:
Please note that we have again frozen tickets 
prices. This is the third consequtive year 
without any price increases. Our costs, however, 
have continued to rise. Please bear this mind and 
help us promote our event by telling your friends 
and family to buy a ticket and come along. Thank you.

Whole day: £12 concessions
After 1pm: £8 concessions
Under 14s free
Tickets will be available online from or at the door.
On 17 May 1649, three soldiers were executed on 
Oliver Cromwell's orders in Burford churchyard, 
Oxfordshire. They belonged to a movement 
popularly known as the Levellers, with beliefs in 
civil rights and religious tolerance.
During the Civil War, the Levellers fought on 
Parliament's side, they had at first seen 
Cromwell as a liberator, but now saw him as a 
dictator. They were prepared to fight against him 
for their ideals and he was determined to crush 
them. Over 300 of them were captured by 
Cromwell's troops and locked up in Burford 
church. Three were led out into the churchyard to be shot as ringleaders.
In 1975, members of the WEA Oxford Industrial 
Branch went to Burford to reclaim a piece of 
history that seemed to be missing from the school 
books. They held a meeting in remembrance of the 
Leveller soldiers. The following year, Tony Benn 
came and read in the church and in each 
succeeding year, people have come to Burford on 
the Saturday nearest to 17 May, debated, held a 
procession, listened to music and remembered the 
Levellers and the importance of holding on to ideals of justice and democracy.
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This years performers include:


LEVELLERS' DAY is a non-profit making event and 
is organised by the Levellers' Day Committee, 
affiliated to the WEA (Workers' Educational 
Association) reg. charity no. 1112775 
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