John Batchelor, The Friend of Freedom

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A statue stands in The Hayes in central Cardiff, ignored by thousands of passing shoppers and workers every day. The legend on it reads:

John Batchelor

The Friend of Freedom


but that means nothing to most of them. Nowadays the statue is a perch for pigeons and a target for drunken students and rugby fans. Who was John Batchelor and why was he known as The Friend of Freedom?

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