'Great Reform Demonstration'
A truly wonderful handbill from the Reform movement of 1884 - issued by the printing trades unions and, remarkably, 'Printed during the progress of the Procession by Members of the Amalgamated Association of Pressmen'. This from the days when resolutions were submitted 'at the second sound of the bugle' ... surely that sounded dates even 130 years ago.
This is a photo of the procession, with what I take to be Nelson's Column in the distance. The Third Reform Act - which received Royal Assent in December 1884 - greatly extended the franchise, particularly in the countryside. Women remained excluded from the vote.
Subsequent legislation redrew constituency boundaries, giving more seats to London and other cities.
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