Henry Law: Letters concerning his role in the Littleport Riots

Scope and Content

Copies by the Revd Henry Law of letters justifying his part in events surrounding the riots at Littleport, Cambridgeshire, 1816.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Littleport riots of 1816 were the product of discontent created by the problems of poverty resulting from the conflict with Napoleon. These tensions led to the outbreak of rioting on 22 May 1816, beginning at the Globe Inn in Littleport. The rioters marched to Ely, before returning to Littleport, where they barracaded themselves in the George and Dragon Inn, and were eventually defeated. Twenty-four of the rioters were subsequently hung or transported. The Revd Henry Law accompanied the military when they were sent to put down the riot.

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Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by J.E. Foster, 1910.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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