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Progressive Society of Carpenters and Joiners


It was founded in or before the 1850s as a small Society safeguarding the interests of carpenters and joiners

George Potter became one of its leading members and subsequently its Chairman (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)

Potter found himself increasingly at odds with the Society in the 1860s and eventually they parted company; he continued to use his journal, the Bee-Hive, to campaign for the rights of London’s working men (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)

He also instituted a journal, the Bee-Hive, which gave him and his small Society a prominent platform for campaigning on trade union issues (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)

This also brought him into conflict with a rival organisation, the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, supported by E. S. Beesly (E. S. Beesley, ‘The Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners’, Fortnightly Review, 1867)

The Society was still going in 1869 (The Times, 24 August 1869)

It no longer exists

What was reforming about it?

Under Potter, the Society campaigned for a nine-hour day for the building trade, and succeeded in achieving a compromise during the lockout of 1859–1860 (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)

Where in Bloomsbury

It met at the Rose and Crown in Tottenham Court Road

Website of current institution

It no longer exists

Books about it

None found


None found

This page last modified 14 April, 2011 by Deborah Colville


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