Saturday 22 July: BWTUC John Burns Walk and BBQ

Burns Park 1897

Following a fantastic local result in the general election with both Marsha De Cordova and Rosena Allin-Khan elected as Labour MPs in Battersea and Tooting respectively, BWTUC are hosting a John Burns History Walk followed by a Summer BBQ Celebration at the Bread and Roses Pub.

2pm  Walk. Meet at John Burns’s Grave in Battersea Cemetery

I will lead the walk from John  Burns’s grave in St. Mary’s/Battersea Rise Cemetery to Lavender Hill, along Latchmere Rd to Battersea Park gates and John Archer’s house in Brynmaer Rd.

The grave is on the cross over between the paths from the two entrances.

4.30pm. BBQ at Bread and Roses Pub, Clapham Manor St

Food and Drink will be provided.

5pm: Speech from Battersea Labour MP Marsha de Cordova and live performance from Cllr Andy Gibbons.

For more information contact Tom Hymas on or on 07747749373. Or see

John Burns Booklet

In 2014 I helped BWTUC to produce its booklet about John Burns as part of its commemoration of his resigning as a Cabinet Minister in protest at the declaration of War in August 1914. You can see the booklet at:

Background history

My pamphlet From Exclusion to Political Control.  Radical and Working Class Organisation in Battersea 1830s-1918 provides the context for Burns’s politics and emergence as a national leader in New Unionism, his election as MP and his building of a Progressive Alliance to ensure the labour movement could exercise electoral political control.


My mini-book John Archer Battersea’s Black Progressive and Labour Activist 1963-1932 provides further detail about a key supporter of Burns.

Both will be on sale at the walk at £1 and £4 each. I will be able to take card payments.

They can also be ordered by  emailing me at


Burns Poster 1892





About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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