Alfred Linnell

Alfred Linnell Alfred Linnell

Alfred Linnell, 1846 - 1887

{On the steel plaque:}
Alfred Linnell, 1846 - 1887, is buried near this spot.
On Sunday 13th November 1887, ten thousand people marched towards Trafalgar Square, protesting against repression in Ireland and unemployment. Police and troops beat them with truncheons. A week after 'Bloody Sunday' Alfred Linnell, joined a gathering in Trafalgar Square to protest against the authorities' violence. He was knocked down by a police horse and died on December 2nd.

Not one, not one, nor thousands must they slay
But one and all if they would dusk the day.

William Morris

Since we don't normally collect gravestone we are no experts on them but this one is odd. A small plain white stone with three layers making up the inscription: the name and dates nicely carved in dark blue slate, visible through a letter-box hole in lighter slate with a steel plaque screwed on top. Overall not attractive.

A pamphlet was produced in response to Linnell's death: “Alfred Linnell, killed in Trafalgar Square, November 20, 1887 : a Death Song”. This was written by William Morris, designed by Walter Crane and published by R. Lambert in 1887. The quotation "Not one, not one..." comes from that pamphlet. We have used the cover as our image for Linnell.

Site: Alfred Linnell (1 memorial)

E3, Southern Grove, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

This was previously known as Bow Cemetery.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Alfred Linnell

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Alfred Linnell

During 1886-7 a number of political rallies took place in Trafalgar Square. T...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Alfred Linnell

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William Morris (designer)

Designer, author and visionary socialist.  Born Elm House, Walthamstow, Essex...

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