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  1. Tolpuddle martyrs

    • IPA[ˈtɒlpʌd(ə)l]


    • ph.
      six farm labourers from the village of Tolpuddle in Dorset who attempted to form a trade union and were sentenced in 1834 to seven years' transportation on a charge of administering unlawful oaths. Their harsh sentences caused widespread protests, and two years later they were pardoned and repatriated from Australia.