Thursday, 14 February 2013

14th February 1813: Assassination attempt on a manufacturer, Samuel Ash, in Nottingham

At 6.00 a.m. on Sunday 14th February 1813 a net lace manufacturer, Samuel Ash, and his wife were asleep in their house at Poplar Place in Nottingham. They were awoken by the sound of a pistol being discharged and then that of breaking glass in a neighbouring room.

The shot had been fired by assailants unknown into a room that he and his wife used as a bedroom until recently. Had they been sleeping there that morning, they would have taken the full force of the various pieces of lead slugs used to make the shot.

This was reported in the Leeds Mercury of 27th February 1813 & the Norfolk Chronicle of 29th February 1813.

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