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Richard Oastler, portrait , engraved by J. Posselwhite from a painting by B. Garside (Unknown)
Black & White imageUndated. Portrait of Richard Oastler, the Leeds-born campaigner for factory reform known as the 'Factory King'. Born on 20th December 1789, he was the youngest of 10 children of linen merchant Robert Oastler; his education took place at Fulneck Moravian School before he began training to be an architect, which he was forced to quit due to failing eyesight. After a spell as a commission agent he succeeded his father as steward of Thomas Thornhill's estate at Fixby near Huddersfield. He had long been an advocate of the abolition of slavery but it was a meeting with Bradford worsted manufacturer John Wood in 1830 that led to the campaigning he is most noted for, that of the reform of the factory system, particularly in regard to the employment of children; he supported the 10-hour movement which sought to restrict children to a 10-hour working day. Despite being a staunch Tory his campaigning did not go down well with many of his peers as it led to him being sacked by Thomas Thornhill and sent to the Fleet Prison for unpaid debts in 1840. It was three years before his supporters had raised the funds to secure his release. He continued to campaign afterwards and achieved some success with the Factory Act of 1847 which restricted children employed in cotton mills to a 10-hour day, but it was not until after his death that this was extended to include children's employment in all factories. Oastler died in Harrogate in 1861 and was buried in St. Stephen's Church at Kirkstall.
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St. Stephen's Church, inscribed stone dedicated to the grave of Richard Oastler (Kirkstall)
Colour image1990. Image shows a stone inscribed with the words 'Beneath this arch is the grave of Richard Oastler.' This is to be found at St. Stephen's Church in Morris Lane. Richard Oastler (1789-1861) was dedicated to the improvement of conditions and the reduction of hours for the many children working in factories and mills. He was leader of the Ten Hour movement which highlighted their plight and led to the Factories Act of 1847. Richard Oastler became known as 'The Factory King' because of his tireless campaigning.
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St. Stephen's Church, Morris Lane, noticeboard (Kirkstall)
Colour image1990. View of the noticeboard belonging to the parish church of St. Stephen in Morris Lane. It gives the times of the services and other information relevant in the year 1990.
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St. Stephen's Church, Nippet Lane (Burmantofts) (1 comment)
Black & White imageUndated. Early postcard view of St. Stephen's Church in Nippet Lane, but unfortunately the image is of poor quality. The church was built to designs by John Dobson, a Leeds Architect, in the Geometrical Decorated style and cost £3,000. It was consecrated on 9th November 1854. It is possible to make out the large, circular traceried window over the western porch. There is an octagonal turret with a spire containing 2 bells. In 1939 St. Stephen's underwent demolition and the ecclesiastical parish which had been formed in 1851 out of St. Peter's, then became part of the parish of St. Agnes. The church of St. Agnes dates from 1889 and is situated in Stoney Rock Lane.
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St. Stephen's Church, tomb of Richard Oastler (Kirkstall) (1 comment)
Colour imageUndated. Image shows the tomb of the Oastler family, where 'The Factory King', Richard Oastler (1789-1861) is buried. He was a strong campaigner for change in the working hours and conditions for the many children forced to work in the factories and mills. He became leader of the 10 hour movement which led to the passing of the Factories Act of 1847. This was to reduce hours of labour to 58 per week or 10 hours per day (to include a shorter working day on a Saturday.) The tomb of Richard Oastler is located at St. Stephen's Church in Morris Lane.
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