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The First General Strike


(1842)


Blue Plaque - General StrikeLocated alongside the J.R. Stephens plaque on Stalybridge Town Hall frontage, this plaque commemorates the first general strike which originated in this area. It began as a movement of resistance to the imposition of wage cuts in the mills and was also known as the 'Plug Riots'. It spread to involve nearly half a million workers throughout Britain and represented the biggest single exercise of working class strength in nineteenth century Britain.