The Bishop Blaize Public-House

The Bishop Blaize Public-House. Source: The Illustrated London News (1852) [Click on image to enlarge it.]

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The Bishop Blaize Public-House, in the Hillgate, one of the principal thoroughfares in Stockport. The Manchester Courier narrative states:— “Sunday evening passed over tranquilly (an unusual thing among the Irish), not one Individual was apprehended by the police (a rare occurrence); and here, possibly, the matter might have ended, had not some injudicious people on Monday boasted of the impunity with which the proclamation had been disregarded, and talked loudly of what more was to be done at some future time; when a party of English and Irish met at the Bishop Blaize, in the Hillgate, and words having ensued, they got to blows, more than the original combatants became engaged, and ultimately it assumed the character of a party fight. The Irishmen ran into John-street and Edward-street, where numbers of their countrymen reside, and obtained additional strength, the English exerting themselves to raise supporting forces, and the fight became a most determined one, fearful blows being dealt on both sides. It was fortunately short, for the Irish were beaten and driven home, and so the matter remained for Monday night. The fighting spirit of the Irish would not, however, allow them to suffer a defeat without an attempt to retrieve it, and they said as much during next day. In the evening, consequently, they began to assemble at a few minutes past six o’clock. In Chestergate, a street near to the river Mersey, and in Rock-row, Carr-green, at the back of Chester-gate, one of the Irish quarters, not very far from the celebrated viaduct, which crosses Carr-green.”

This brings us to the second locality illustrated [The Cottages, Rock-Row, Carr-green].

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The Riot at Stockport” The Illustrated London News 21 (10 July 1852): 2922-30. Hathi Trust Digital Library version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 17 December 2015. The text above to which paragraph has been added for ease of reading was created from the web version with ABBYY FineReader. — George P. Landow

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