Thursday, 23 April 2020

Canon Edward Girdlestone (1805–84)

The Halberton History Group has published an excellent booklet about the life of Canon Edward Girdlestone who was the Vicar of St Andrew's in Halberton between 1862 and 1872.

Canon Edward Girdlestone
Canon Edward Girdlestone

He witnessed rural deprivation and became active on behalf of agricultural labourers, proposed an agricultural labourers' trade union and spoke and organised on behalf of this project. He helped 600 agricultural families move from the west of England, where work was scarce and poorly paid, to the north, becoming known as "The Agricultural Labourers' Friend".

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