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Chartist Statue, A4048, Blackwood, Caerphilly County Borough 16 October 2015

Chartist Statue, A4048, Blackwood, Caerphilly County Borough 16 October 2015
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A 26 foot high statue on the eastern roundabout of the Chartist Bridge. One of the Chartist ringleaders was a Zephaniah Williams of Blackwood. Attitudes towards the Chartists are mixed; most, especially in South Wales, regard them as working class martyrs, others view them as armed insurrectionists. Whatever your views, the terrible climax was an attempted storming of the Westgate Hotel in Newport by an estimated one to five thousand men, armed with some muskets and home made weapons. The hotel was held by thirty two soldiers of the 45th (Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot who managed to oust Chartists who broke into the hotel. Eventually the firepower and discipline of the soldiers left dead, dying and wounded Chartists in front of the Westgate Hotel; the rest fled. The ringleaders were arrested and sentenced to death, but this was commuted to transportation for life.

The statue, unveiled in 2008, by Sebastien Boyesen, is made up of thousands of washers symbolising the Chartist principle of binding together, and strength through unity. The Chartist figure is striding purposefully towards Newport.

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