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History group focuses on four victims killed in the 1869 Mold Riots.

NEARLY 150 years ago, a protest and riot in Mold caused deaths, outrage and a great deal of suffering. historian David Rowe, has been researching the event which took place near the church, and is preparing two display boards to remember the four people who were killed and the life and times in which they lived.

Those who died were two young miners, Edward Bellis, from Treuddyn, and Robert Hannaby, from Moss; Elizabeth Jones, from Coed Talon, the wife of a miner; and Margaret Younghusband, a young servant girl who had just come to Mold and whose aunt lived in Garden Place.

For all four, the Coroner's Court verdict was "justifiable homicide" and the group draws on the reports of the court in preparing the history boards. They found that, for a time, Mold became a centre of national and international interest because of the event: the local press carried a full report, and the well-known print of the riot became a feature of the London's Illustrated News as soon as 10 days after the event in 1869.

David Rowe said: "It has been a pleasure working with the Tyddyn Street History Group as they have explored the life and times of local people prevailing at the time of what became known as the Mold Riots.

"Their research has turned up some interesting facts, and one point in particular discovered had international implications: the riot happened in June, 1869, but, by the following September, Karl Marx had used the event in a paper on 'workers' conditions' presented to a meeting in Basle, Switzerland.

"I'm sure residents and visitors will find the information boards, when in place, of real interest."

Chairman of the history group, Mervyn Phillips, said that the group had previously prepared boards about Mold and the Mold Riots, but felt the story of the four who were the victims of the events, following the decision to send two miners to prison, should be told again.

Because of its location, the church is a good place for a testimonial to those shot dead and to portray something of their life and times.

They left no photographs, as far as they know, but they will include some friendly sketches as illustrations of people of the time.

The group heard from one descendant of those who died, but there may well be more relatives in the area and they would be very pleased to hear from them.

The email to contact is is tyddyn.street@gmail.com.

The History Group's work on this project is almost complete and the boards should be ready for display during the course of the year.

Rev Kathryn Price, minister of Tyddyn Street United Church added: "This is not just a matter of history, but of justice for all.

"The Christian Gospel speaks especially to the poor and exploited, and we in our day are committed to speak up for those whose voice is not heard."

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Date:Jan 25, 2018
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