There was tensionbetween the radical Methodist Chapel and the established power of land owners and employers. This tension that would sometimes lead to violence and unrest and was at the heart of the growing unrest at the terrible living conditions and unfair working conditions. George Loveless, leader of the Martyrs, was a lay preacher at the Tolpuddle Chapel. This exposed him to radical new thinking and developed his skill as a public speaker.

Short Film Narrated by Maxine Peake for the Tolpuddle AV Trail. For the full trail including links to extra information, the story in the Martyrs' own words and exciting interactive activities for all ages, download the free App from your App store (or follow the link on the main Trail page).