‘Fife, Drum and Flag’: The Sherborne ‘reform riots’ of October 1831

In early October 1831, the defeat of the Second Reform Bill in the House of Lords led to a wave of pro-reform public protests and disturbances across Britain and Ireland. Concurrently in Dorset, a microcosm of the national struggle over electoral reform was being fought out in a county by-election which posed Lord Ashley an… Continue reading ‘Fife, Drum and Flag’: The Sherborne ‘reform riots’ of October 1831