Conspirators' Hideout in Cato Street


This print purports to show the interior of the hay loft in Cato Street where the conspirators met and where one of the arresting officers, Richard Smithers, was stabbed and killed. They key includes detailed, somewhat lurid, descriptions of various parts of the room and was on sale to the public within a month of the arrests.

At the subsequent trial, witnesses claimed that Davidson had been posted as sentry outside the premises at the time of the police raid. He was said to have resisted arrest, using both the sword and the carbine that he was carrying; and, according to one policeman, ‘damned and swore against any man that would not die in liberty’s cause’.

Guildhall Library 23638 (28 Feb 1820)
By courtesy of Guildhall Library, Corporation of London

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