In 1866 at Walsingham in Norfolk the revolt of the old church orchestra against the installation of a new organ led to the blowing up of the church with gunpowder. In 1873, in his attempt to set up an agricultural labourers union, the Primitive Methodist preacher Joseph Arch addressed farm labourers from all over Somerset. In 1881, thousands of poor folk, thrown out of work by the agricultural depression, gathered on top of Ham Hill in Somerset to await the end of the world.
These are the event that have inspired this play, in which Jacob Stone, an impoverished farm labourer, prophecies the Second Coming of the Lord.
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