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History of Steeple >> Steeple Snippets
When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. [index to snippets] Here's one for Steeple.
Times Aug 9 1800
Insurrection of labourers
John Little, alias John Wakelin, Thomas Crisp and Joseph Perry, were tried before Lord Chief Justice Kenyon ... for assembling in the parish of Steeple, in a riotous manner, in the month of June last, and for exciting and promoting an insurrection and conspiracy, to compel all the farmers in Dengy hundred to raise the price of wages in husbandry.
The rioters were apprehended by Mr. Alex Carter and Mr. Isaac Brown, and committed by the Rev. H.B. Dudley; who, aware of the ferious consequence of a riot and conspiracy of this nature, took a very active part in directing the apprehension of the rioters, and their subsequent prosecution ...
After a very full investigation upon their trial, the facts charged against the prisoners were clearly proved: they had prevailed upon several labourers to leave their work, and join their party; some were enticed away by persuasions, and others were intimidated by threats, or forced by violence to join them ...
The jury, without hesitation, found the prisoners Guilty; and they were all sentenced to twelve months imprisonment in the county goal, and to enter recognizance for their good behaviour for seven years.
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