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

It’s a Riot!

Now, I’ve only been to Oxford once, but during that trip I gleaned that there was a bit of tension between the students and the so-called ‘townies’. Even on the most difficult days, however, it probably hasn’t resulted in bloodshed with an actual honest-to-god body count, except on February 10, 1355, when the St. Scholastica Day riot exploded. I’m guessing there had been some problems … Continue reading It’s a Riot!