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Rare Peterloo cane from 1819 goes on show

The Bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester takes place next month Photo:

A rare walking stick thought to belong to a protestor who was at the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester 2- hundred years ago in going on show at the People's History Museum from today.

It's been donated by the family of Charles Worsley.

Historians say one-in-ten demonstrators carried a cane as it was the hight of fashion in 1819.

It subsequently led to claims that they were armed.

Credit: People's History Museum

Charles Worsley is known at the time of Peterloo to have lived in the Withington area of south Manchester and to have worked in the highly skilled trade of joinery, employing up to six people.

Credit: People's History Museum
Manchester and Salford Yeomanry sabres similar to those used against protestors in 1819 Credit: People's History Museum