Saturday, 12 November 2011

12th November 1811: Nottingham Magistrates emergency meeting

Following the events of the last 48 hours, the Magistrates for the Town of Nottingham convened at the Police Office in the town. Their first act was to make inquiries of the military forces available to them: the Town Clerk, George Coldham, wrote to the Commanding Officer at the Barracks of the Queens Bays enquiring of the strength of his forces. Coldham was subsequently informed that the Regiment was comprised mainly of new recruits, that the horses they had were relatively new, and not ready for the field and therefore only 10 or 12 Dragoons could be made available as cavalry.Coldham also wrote to General Dyott, the Commanding Officer of the District, asking for his help.

In addition, the Magistrates assembled a watch of 12 Constables for that night, to warn of any approaches being made to the town itself.

As recorded in Conant & Baker's report at HO 42/119.

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