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Match tax abandoned

Event  From 1871  To 1872

I871 the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Robert Lowe, proposed a tax on matches. The Bryant and May workers, mainly girls, realised this threatened their jobs and marched in protest on the House of Commons on 24 April 1871. The tax was never imposed. Bryant and May, who must have, at the very least, sanctioned the workers absence during the march, erected a fountain to celebrate.

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Bryant & May Testimonial fountain - lost

This elaborate fountain was commissioned by Bryant and May to celebrate the a...

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Bryant & May Testimonial fountain - plaque

This plaque is a rarity: a memorial to a memorial! The site of the fountain ...

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