ZOOM TICKET – Talk: The Bristol Riots of 1831

Date: 17th May 2022

Time: 7pm

Location: Online

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During the last weekend of October 1831, the ancient city of Bristol was consumed by a riot, the greatest act of civil disobedience of the 19th century within the UK. By the morning of the 31st, much of the city lay in ruins and, perhaps, as many as 500 lay dead in and around the City Centre.
Why did the normally peace loving Bristolians riot?
Did they have any aims or objectives and, if so, were any of them realised?
Why was the riot so ruthlessly quashed?
Did a massacre take place in the City?

Prof Alan F Jocelyn will be describe the Bristol Riots in detail, with an emphasis on the causes and conditions that precipitated the riot and possible answers to the above questions explored.