Attack on the Workhouse at Stockport

Attack on the Workhouse at Stockportt. 1842. Illustrated London News. Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham. [This image may be used without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose.]

At the urging of Doyle, Ellis, and other agitators, a mob of as many 20,000 unemployed attacked on the workhouse at Stockport in search of food. In speeches to the mob, the protestors blamed the present state of the poor and unemployed on the Tories (then in power), the Church of England, and its Bishops. From Hyde, the rioters moved on Stockport, turning out the workers from the hat-making mills and print-works, and, their numbers thus augmented, extorted money from both mill-owners and shop-keepers before attacking the New Union Workhouse, Shaw-heath, from which they stole 672 seven-pound loaves and a considerable quantity of copper coins. A government force, composed of constables, yeomanry, and regular infantry, put down the mob and captured the mob's forty leaders, who were bound over for trial six months later at the next Chester assizes.

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