Thursday, 7 April 2016

7th April 1816: Threshing machine destroyed at Myland, Essex

Some time on Sunday 7th April 1816, a Threshing Machine belonging to James Posford was destroyed by arson at Myland Heath ('Mile End Heath').

This was the first action in the month which would see the start of concerted uprisings across East Anglia, many of them directed against agricultural machinery.

As reported in the Bury & Norwich Post of 17/04/1816. Peacock (1965, p.71) erroneously reports this as taking place on the 14th, having ignored the newspaper's report reading 'Sunday se'nnight'.

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