Thomas Cooper

Died aged c. 87

Thomas Cooper (20 March 1805 – 15 July 1892) was an English poet and a leading Chartist. His prison rhyme the Purgatory of Suicides (1845) runs to 944 stanzas. He also wrote novels and in later life religious texts. He was self-educated and worked as a shoemaker, then a preacher, a schoolmaster and a journalist, before taking up Chartism in 1840. He was seen as a passionate, determined and fiery man.

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Thomas Cooper, Chartist, 1805-1892 had a coffee shop at this address in which he organised the movement in Leicester

11 Church Gate, Leicester, United Kingdom where they had a coffee shop