Friday, 20 May 2016

20th May 1816: Threshing machine destroyed at Sible Hedingham, Essex

Some time on Monday 20th May 1816, a crowd of labourers destroyed a threshing machine at Sible Hedingham, in Essex.

This incident is referred to in a letter sent by Lewis Majendie to the Home Office on 28th May 1816, which can be found at HO 42/150. It doesn't seem to have been reported elsewhere. Peacock (1965, p.118) erroneously gave the date as the date of the letter, the 28th, rather than the incident.

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