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Neil Crutchley talks about the Temperence Movement
The abuse of alcohol was rife in the 18th and early 19th centuries causing misery, poverty and illness. The rise of the Temperance Movement came about to discourage heavy drinking and to provide alternatives. In Leicester, a largely nonconformist town, one of the leaders of the movement was the travel pioneer Thomas Cook, who was responsible for building both the town’s Temperance Hall and the adjoining Temperance Hotel. Neil Crutchley looks into the background of the movement and to Cook’s contribution to it.