Vegetarian Society Formed
On September 30 1847 approximately 150 interested parties met at a hydrotherapy centre near Ramsgate to continue their conference on matters vegetarian, a conference which had been adjourned since July. The venue, Northwood Villa, was suitable for the meeting as its patients followed a vegetarian regime. By the end of the day the gathering had agreed basic rules for membership of a society formed that very day to promote their cause, not unnaturally named The Vegetarian Society.
Chairman at the meeting was the great reformer and Salford ’s first ever MP, Joseph Brotherton, campaigner against child labour and the evils of alcohol, promoter of free libraries and adult education. Brotherton was a vegetarian through his religious affiliation – the Bible Christian Church of which he had been a member for more than 40 years insisted on a non-meat diet and strict abstinence from alcohol. His convictions had been reinforced by involvement in setting up vegetable soup kitchens in Salford and Manchester during the great food shortages sparked by the failure of Europe’s potato crops at that time.
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