Saturday, 2 June 2012

2nd June 1812: A flogging in Leeds almost turns into disorder

Between 7.00 & 8.00 a.m. on Tuesday 2nd May 1812, a private of the West Kent Militia who had been found guilty of theft received the punishment of flogging on Woodhouse Moor near Leeds.

Hundreds of people were present, and soon made clear their objection to the punishment clear by pelting the officers. Two people, including a member of the 29th regiment, were taken into custody for riotous behaviour and some of the military apparently fired over the heads of the crowd.

As reported in the Leeds Mercury of 6th June 1812.

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