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Riots, Rough Music and Popular Disturbances in 19th century Basingstoke

Henry Smith’s Musical Warehouse after the 1881 Election Riot

During the 19th century there were a number of incidents of popular disturbances in Basingstoke, including the riots in connection with the Salvation Army in the 1880s that gave rise to questions in Parliament and headlines in the national press, Bonfire Night disturbances, election riots, rough music and window smashing.

For the story of these events see the link below.

Content derived during research for the new VCH Hampshire volume, Basingstoke and its surroundings.