Thomas Cooper of Gainsborough and Lincoln - Radical, Chartist, Poet, Preacher

Adrian Gray

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30th September 2019
Victorian | Chartism | Lincolnshire | Religion

Cooper grew up in poverty in Gainsborough but through his own efforts became a teacher, preacher and then a controversial journalist. He turned to radical Chartist politics and after a spell in prison became a humanist lecturer.

A sudden reconversion and miraculous escape from an accident changed his life again, and he spent years travelling, preaching and writing. His autobiography is seen as a classic of Victorian literature.

Cooper was a great Victorian working man and his life is a fascinating ride of politics, faith, romance and controversy. Adrian Gray tells his story - with lots of pictures and lively evidence from Cooper's work.

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About Adrian Gray

I am a Cambridge-educated historian with around 25 published books on a variety of historical topics which you can see on my Amazon author page at:

I specialise in the counties of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, but I also speak on a number of national issues such as Victorian crime and social history, the history of religious freedom, and the history of education and government inspection (which is a lot more interesting than it sounds!). I am one of the leaders of local community efforts to develop Christian heritage for tourism in Notts and Lincs, leading up to 'Mayflower 400' but also including the many other ways in which people from the region have helped to change the world.

I provide a range of lively and fully-illustrated talks that can be tailored for local needs. You can email me for a full list of talks. I am a skilled presenter having worked as a teacher for many years and also as a tour guide in my home area.

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