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The Ascott Martyrs 1873

Sarah Godfree’s younger sister, Rose Hannah, married Robert Hambidge of Icomb, Gloucestershire. 

They were married in Great Rissington in 1859. In 1861, they were farming in Westcote, Gloucestershire but by 1871 were living at Crown Farm in Ascott-under-Whychwood when Robert is described as a farmer of 400 acres employing 10 men and 4 boys.

“The trouble started when Mr Hambidge of Crown Farm Ascott sacked his men who had joined the Agricultural Workers’ Union and then employed men from Ramsden to do his hoeing. The Ascott women stopped these men from working, and tried to persuade them to join the Union. The women were arrested, taken to Chipping Norton, and charged with obstructing and coercing John Hodgkins and John Millen with a view to inducing them to leave their employment on 20th May…… “

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