Messrs. Wilson's Mill, Salford

Back Entrance to Messrs. Wilson's Mill, Salford. 1842. Illustrated London News. Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]

In a confrontation between constables and unemployed "operatives" or mill-workers, the mob was pushed back from Salford's gates. However, as the rioters were withdrawing, "a private watchman, who had stationed himself at one of the windows inside [the factory], discharged a blunderbuss loaded with no. 4 shot at the legs of the assailants, and five of them, we regret to say, were wounded . . . . Then men were shot from the ground-window of the mill, as seen in the print" (233).

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"Attack on a Print-Works. — The Mob Fired On. — Two Men and Three Boys Wounded." Illustrated London News. (20 August 1853): 233.

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