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Power, Politics and Protest
The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century
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Extracts from The Bristol Gazette on a riot in Bristol, 3 November 1831
(Catalogue ref: HO 40/28)
3a   3b   3c   3d   3e   3f
3a   3b   3c   3d   3e   3f
HO 40/28; extract on a riot in Bristol, 1831

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • In summary, what happened during the riot at Bristol?
  • Does this source suggest that the riot could have been prevented in any way?
  • How does this source describe the rioters? Who are they?
  • How does this source describe the special constables? Who are they?
  • What is the newspaper’s attitude towards a) the rioters b) the authorities c) Sir Charles Wetherell?
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