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10.30 – 18.00 Saturday 15th May 2010, Burford, Oxfordshire
Chaired by Joy Carey (f3)
Music from Seize The Day, Guilded Splinters and Rich Man’s Ruin.
Audience questions, debate, shops, history, entertainment, stalls, a ceremony in the churchyard and a colourful procession all taking place in the beautiful scenery of Burford.
LEVELLERS’ DAY is a non-profit making event and is organised by the Levellers’ Day Committee, affiliated to the WEA (Workers’ Education Association) reg. charity no. 1112775
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.
For more information see the website.
For information on Putney Debates by the Levellers, with an indroduction by Geoffrey Robertson.