The Swing Riots

The Swing Riots were an outburst of revolt by agricultural workers in England in 1830, with West Berkshire among many areas affected. This talk looks briefly at the causes of the riots, and then relates events to specific locations in the Newbury area, including places in Kintbury and Hungerford.

A former journalist and teacher, David Peacock is the author of the 2011 edition of The Story of Newbury, and the 2018 Newbury Roman Cemetery, as well as numerous articles for local newspapers and a variety of periodicals. He gives local history talks to many clubs and societies, and since 2017 has been chair of the Newbury Society.

Free to members but we request a donation of £3 from non-members

Speaker

  • Dr David Peacock
    local historian

    David Peacock researches, writes and lectures on the history of the Newbury area from the stone age to the present day. His PhD for the University of Reading focussed on “Jack of Newbury” and the Tudor cloth industry.

    He teaches evening classes in local history at West Berkshire Museum, and previously for Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education, the University of Reading and Newbury College.

    A former journalist and teacher, he is the author of the 2011 edition of The Story of Newbury, and the 2018 Newbury Roman Cemetery as well as numerous articles for local newspapers and a variety of periodicals. He gives local history talks to many clubs and societies, and since 2017 has been chair of the Newbury Society.

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