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Six English farm labourers were sentenced on 19th March 1834 to 7 years transportation to a penal colony in Australia for Trade Union activities. They were known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs. The tree under which the 'martyrs' met is now very old and reduced to a stump, but it has become a place of pilgrimage in Tolpuddle, where it is known as the 'Martyrs Tree'. A commemorative seat and shelter was erected in 1934 on the green by the wealthy London draper Sir Ernest Debenham. Read more