Samuel Bamford (1788—1872), English Labour politician, was born at Moston, near Middleton, Lancashire, on the 28th of February 1788. He was opposed to physical force movements and did all he could to restrain the violent resistance to trade oppression which was so common; yet through attending and speaking at the meeting (1819) at Peterloo, Manchester, which was intended to be a peaceful gathering to petition for Parliamentary reform and a repeal of the Corn Law but ended in a massacre, he was arrested for a breach of the law, convicted and sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment. He was the author of several widely popular poems (principally in the Lancashire dialect) showing sympathy with the conditions of his class, and his Passages in the Life of a Radical (1840—1844) is an authoritative history of the condition of the working classes in the years succeeding the battle of Waterloo. He died at Harpurhey on the 13th of April 1872, and was given a public funeral, attended by thousands.
A memorial obelisk to Sam Bamford stands hidden and neglected, among young trees in the graveyard of Middleton Parish Church.