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A hub of London socialism

9:19 am, Sunday, 19 February 2012

By Jess Owens The Communist Club was one of two prominent venues in Fitzrovia (the other was Cleveland Hall)  where social reform was advanced from the mid to late 19th century. Its origins began with the efforts of some German Asylum Seekers, fleeing persecution, after [...]

250 years of rioting

10:43 am, Friday, 23 September 2011

By Mike Pentelow The recent rioting and looting in the area are the latest examples in a history going back nearly 250 years. In 1763 riots were prompted by the jailing for seditious libel of people’s champion John Wilkes (1727-1797), who was later MP for Middlesex [...]