The Priestley Riots

Following a dinner to celebrate the storming of the Bastille two years earlier, the Priestley Riots broke out in Birmingham on the night of 14 July 1791 and engulfed the city for the next three days. Birmingham was a somewhat divided city in the 18th century, and rioting seemed to be something the citizens did fairly frequently. Clashes were most often between Dissenters (Protestants who … Continue reading The Priestley Riots