“Drink When You’re Dry or the Groans of an empty Beer- Barrel” was written by ‘John Barleycorn‘ (who is a personification of the crop barley) in January 1820 to “his old friend” John Bull (who is a personification of Britain), in which he lays down his opposition to the temperance movement, stating,
“What! Quarrel with good liquor! The juice of sweet barley! The poor man’s cordial, the sinews of this strength, and the beverage of his forefathers! O it’s a monstrous piece of folly! And as rank treason against the constitution of an ENGLISHMAN, as ever was hatched in the skull of a mounteback.”
The date of the second document “Clench the Nails” is unknown. It implores
“Parents, teachers, when you give instruction Clench the Nails with the Temperance Pledge.”
We also have photographs within the Manchester Local Image Collection of buildings that hold special significance to the movement, such as Temperance Billiard Hall.
Also from the Local Image Collection are two photographs of pro-temperance demonstrations from 1906 and 1890.
We have plenty of fantastic archives related to the temperance movement, which you can search for here and why not check out The People’s History Museum’s, Demon Drink! Temperance and the Working Class exhibition, which runs until February.