The Context The period of 1830-1832 in Britain was marked by waves of protests and disturbances demanding reform of the electoral system. In 1830 the existing arrangements, which dated back to the rule of Henry VI, enfranchised less than three percent of the population, mostly significant land and property owners. With a few exceptions, women,… Continue reading The “anti-reform” Worcester plate – a time capsule from 1832
In our Overall Survey of Protest events in Britain and Ireland in response to the defeat of the Second Reform Bill from October to December 1831, one prevalent activity that was difficult to categorise was the practice of parading and burning of effigies in public locations, sometimes outside the residence of the ‘victim’. This article presents some examples we found.
Black flags and dumb peals (part 3) looks at the spread of the news of the defeat and the consequent public reactions across Britain and Ireland.
In the metropolis… considers initial public reactions to news of the defeat of the reform bill in London by studying public meetings, protests and disturbances over the five days after the announcement.
The overall survey explains the methodology of the data gathering and provides an assessment of the observations along with maps and animations displaying the data over space and time.