A Streamed sample  of the play Brandreth as performed at Pentrich and more pictures

Here is a short extract from the play recorded at a performance in Pentrich Parish Church on 9th June 1988 by Derby Opera Workshop. You will require a suitable playback program to hear it. If you can’t get the sound (sorry) please look at the pictures below anyway.

The recording was made during a live performance at Pentrich. It is an extract of the scene at The White Horse Inn where Nanny Weightman, the landlady, powerfully tells the men to stop the talking and get on with the action.


William Cobbettt M.P.
Miles Bacon , one of the rebels

Miles Bacon in about 1873. He was with the rebels, but managed to escape.

The head of Brandreth

The executioner holds Brandreth’s head for the crowds to see.

William Oliver played by Paul Hoskins

The spy William Oliver played by Paul Hoskins

Emma Hepworth played by Claire Sumpter

Emma Hepworth, the farmer’s daughter, played by Claire Sumpter

Mr Goodwin played by Harry Mugridge.

Mr Goodwin, manager at the Butterley Ironworks, played by Harry Mugridge


Mrs Godber played by Beryl Bentley

Mrs Godber, Innkeeper at Eastwood, played by Beryl Bentley

The White Horse Inn, Pentrich
Pentrich Parish Church

Pentrich Parish Church. The play Brandreth was performed here.

The White Horse Inn, Pentrich

Road near where arms were hidden
Butterley Ironworks

The old road into Butterley Ironworks.

Park Lane South Wingfield close to Isaac Ludlam’s quarry where arms were hidden.

The Sun Inn Eastwood

The Sun Inn Eastwood, where Mrs Godber warned the rebels that troups had been seen coming from Nottingham.

The Old County Hall, Derby

The Old County Hall, Derby where the rebels were tried.


Political cartoon around 1817

A cartoon of the time depicting Whig ministers chopping at the “rotton tree” of the constitution which is being shored up by anti-reformers.

A cottage spinner

Spinning with a hand-jenny. Machine and materials were hired from a master.

Power loom weaving

Power loom weaving in the factories which were the target of the “Luddite” loom smashers.


From a picture by Sir David Wilkie RA (1785 - 1841)
 The landlord’s agent is about to evict the family for non-payment of rent.

The Derby Mercury 1817

The Derby Mercury newspaper of 1817 reports the trial of the rebels for High Treason. The trials were widely reported in newspapers throughout the country. In particular the Leeds Mercury accused the spy Oliver of acting as an agent provocature.

The Green Bag Plot - a pamphlet

In 1819 Henry Hunt published the booklet The Green Bag Plot in which he set out the story of the rebellion as seen from the rebel point of view. He ends with a plea to the “Real Reformers” to seek to “obtain their rights as men and Freemen.”

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