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Temperance Demonstration, Commercial Street

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Temperance Demonstration, Commercial Street
Undated. Image shows a demonstration by what is thought to be a Rechabite temperance group, photographed at the junction of Commercial Street and Marsh Street. The Independent Order of Rechabites, a friendly society assisting the working class, was founded in Salford, Greater Manchester, in 1835, as part of the wider temperance movement. Young people's processions were very popular in Victorian and Edwardian times, and the temperance movement was particularly strong in Rothwell towards the end of the 1800s.. Commercial Street runs through the centre of the picture, with the junction with Marsh Street top left. The railings outside numbers 19 to 23 Commercial Street can be seen bottom left, and the group are looking upwards towards the photographer, who was possibly positioned on the upper floor of the Black Bull Inn.

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