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Power, Politics and Protest
The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century
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A letter sent to London from a magistrate describing the situation in Nottingham in February 1812
(Catalogue ref: HO 42/120 f.3-4)
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HO 42/120; letter from a magistrate describing the situation in Nottingham, 1812

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • According to this source, how were the knitting frames being protected from damage?
  • How was this affecting the country people?
  • Was unemployment a problem before the frame-breaking began?
  • How did this affect the wages of those in work?
  • What happened at Clifton? What does this tell you about the frame-breakers?
  • Make a list of the causes of the frame-breaking in the Nottingham area at this time. Which do you think was the most important cause of the frame-breaking?
  • Make a list of the consequences of the frame-breaking in the Nottingham area. How do you think the frame-breakers justified their actions?
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