Reading Sarah’s post about the Pentrich Revolution of a few days ago, made me think of the material we have in the Local Studies Library, here at the Record Office, on this important local event. Over the years there have been many books and articles published, which you can come to the library to look at. You can even request many titles to borrow from your local library – just put Pentrich Revolution into the online catalogue (follow the links from http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/libraries) for a list of available titles.
We also have more contemporary accounts. For a more detailed look at the trial you can’t go far wrong than with the report of the whole proceedings, which I should warn you contains a no holds barred description of the executions of the men involved. For the faint hearted, look away now!
There is also a copy of a letter written by Jeremiah Brandreth, dubbed the Nottingham Captain, to his wife written from his gaol cell which is amazingly stoic considering the situation he was in. Although his sentence hadn’t yet been passed, he had been found guilty so must have had a good idea of what was in store.
It is easy to concentrate on the main figures in this story but the letter makes you think of the families of those involved, and following along those lines we have a ‘Lamentation of the widows, families and orphans of the three unfortunate men’, which is a call to think of those who were left behind. If you would like to see these or any of the other items we have on the Pentrich Revolution then please come along to the Record Office, and ask for the Local Studies collection.