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1824: Armed confrontation with hungry desperate labourers

Soon after the Board of Guardians had assembled at Cuckfield, a party of about 50 men, having the appearance of farm labourers, presented themselves with sticks of no very slender dimensions. They came from Worth and Ardingley, and complained of want of work, and consequently of want of food. They were, however, prevailed upon by some representation of their guardian, to return home peaceably.



The Times, 26 November 1835, reproduced from Brighton Guardian.


Table top photography by Robert Couse-Baker, Wikimedia public domain image.


Contributed by Malcolm Davison.




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