TM1383 : Burston Strike School

taken 10 years ago, near to Burston, Norfolk, Great Britain

Burston Strike School
Burston Strike School
On 1 April 1914 children at Burston School marched to support their two dismissed teachers, Tom and Kitty Higdon. The Higdons were closely associated with the Agricultural Workers' Union and this lead to conflict with the local squirearchy and the Church of England which was responsible for the school. It was to become the longest strike in history.
The Strike School was firstly located in the blacksmith's workshop and then moved to purpose built premises erected on Burston Village Green by Labour Movement subscription. It functioned up until the beginning of the Second World War. Tom Higdon died in August 1939 and the school closed a few months later as Kitty, then in her seventies, was unable to carry on alone.

Since 1984, an annual rally has been held in Burston each September to commemorate the first demonstration held in 1914 and celebrate the struggles that took place in Burston in the first half of the last century.

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TM1383, 112 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 24 February, 2007   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 24 February, 2007
Category
Historic building   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 136 831 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:24.2837N 1:8.3388E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TM 136 831
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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