Burford Levellers Day

Where: Burford, Oxfordshire starting at the Green by Warwick Hall
When: Saturday nearest 17th May
Time: From 10.30 am - 3pm with Posy Laying at 11.15

 

 

Parade

The Levellers, a radical political group somewhat ahead of its time, were suppressed by the Commonwealth in 1649 ; here at Burford hundreds of their members were imprisoned in the church and the three ringleaders were executed. They believed in the abolition of monarchy, religious tolerance , equality and extended suffrage. Every May on the weekend nearest the anniversary of this event, the Levellers are remembered at Burford and modern political themes are discussed; the event has been running annually for forty years. There are debates, music & dancing, speeches and a grand parade. Expect banners, flags,placards and seventeenth century costume; posies are laid on the churchyard in memory of the fallen.

Helpful Hints

Look out for the plaque on the church wall (outside) which commemorates the 1649 events.

Sandwiches, cake & drinks are available at the marquee.

In 2018 it will be on Saturday May 19th.

Click here for the event website : http://levellersday.wordpress.com


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