In 2000 the TUC organised a competition to design a new sculpture at Tolpuddle. It was won by Thompson Dagnall from Liverpool.

His design marks the time when George Loveless is in Dorchester Prison but is so ill his warders fear for his life if he is transported. So he is held behind for a few weeks to recover whilst his five fellow Martyrs are put aboard the hulks before being shipped to Australia.

The sculpture, made from Portland stone, is designed for visitors to sit alongside George.

On the back of the six seats are words from the trial at which George Loveless said:  “We will, we will, we will be free.”

Sculptor, Thompson Dagnall with his design of George Loveless

 

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