10/11/1826 - 12/02/1919
President - National Agricultural Labourers Union 1872
“it was the best thing that happened for our cause”
Joseph Arch began his campaign in Wellesbourne in February 1872, to improve life and conditions for the agricultural labourer
In April 1872 Arch held the first meeting of what would become the Oxford District of the National Agricultural Labourers’ Union on the Green at Milton and fifty men joined there and then. By the end of May over 500 men in the area, divided amongst 13 branches, had become members and amongst that number must have been labourers from Ascott.