Saturday, 17 December 2011

17th December 1811: Beggars in Nottingham rounded up by the authorities

On the 17th & 18th of December, the County Magistrates for Nottinghamshire rounded up a number of men who had been publicly soliciting contributions for those suffering hardship due to unemployment. The Magistrates had formed the conclusion that the money was being used the fund and sustain the Luddites and their activities. In total, 8 men were arrested from Nottingham and the neighbouring villages and sent to the Southwell House of Correction on the 19th December where they would remain until the next Quarter Sessions, when they would be tried as vagrants. At the same time, there were several imprisoned in Nottingham gaol on similar charges.

As reported in the Nottingham Review of the 20th December 1811.

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