Thursday, 19 May 2016

19th May 1816: 3 threshing machines destroyed in Norfolk & Suffolk

On Sunday 19th May 1816, actions against threshing machines took place in both Norfolk & Suffolk.

In the morning at Hockham in Norfolk, 100 labourers assembled at the premises of a farmer, Mr. Wells in Hockham. Wells rented a threshing machine from a William Burlingham, and the labourers assembled there proceeded to drag the machine onto the main road and demolished it.

On the same day at Hundon in Suffolk, a crowd destroyed 2 threshing machines belonging to a Mr. Kemp.

This information is from the Bury & Norwich Post of 29th May 1816 & the Norfolk Chronicle of 20th July 1816.

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