Riot and rebellion by Professor John Beckett

Riot damage, 1865.

Riot damage, 1865.



J.B. Goodman, ed., Victorian Cabinet Maker: the Memoirs of James Hopkinson, 1819-94 (1968)

John Hicklin, Report of the Proceedings against the parties charged with burning Nottingham Castle, Firing Lowe’s Mill, and Sacking Colwick Hall (1832)

R.A. Gaunt, ed., Unhappy Reactionary: the Diaries of the fourth Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne 1822-50 (Thoroton Society Record Series, 43, 2003)

NUM resource pack on working class unrest - contains some good copies of resources useful for younger researchers


Nottingham’s early reputation as a riotous town is considered in R.A.E. Wells, Riot and Political Disaffection in Nottinghamshire in the Age of Revolutions, 1776-1803 (1983)

For the Luddites, see M. Thomis, The Luddites (1970); B. Bailey, The Luddite Rebellion (1998); and Christopher Weir,  As Poor as a Stockinger (1998)

On the Pentrich Rebellion, see M. Thomis, ‘The Nottingham Captain: a portrait of Jeremiah Brandreth, the rebel’, Nottinghamshire Historian, 14 (1974).

The most recent writing on the 1831 Reform riots is John Beckett, ‘The Nottingham Reform Bill Riots of 1831’. This will be published in a journal called Parliamentary History, but as that is not widely available, copies will be deposited in Nottinghamshire Local Studies Library and at Nottinghamshire Archives. See also R.A. Gaunt, ‘Neighbours from Hell? The Fourth Duke of Newcastle and the People of Nottingham in the Early Nineteenth Century’, Transactions of the Thoroton Society, 104 (2000), 99-112

The best recent summaries of Chartism are P. Wyncoll, Nottingham Chartism (1966); James Epstein, ‘Some organisational and cultural aspects of the Chartist movement in Nottingham’, in J. Epstein and D. Thompson, eds., The Chartist Experience (1982); and Che Binder, ‘The Nottingham electorate and the Election of the Chartist, Feargus O’Connor, 1847’, Transactions of the Thoroton Society, 107 (2003), 145-62

On the rise of the Labour movement see P. Wyncoll, The Nottingham Labour Movement 1880-1939 (1985); Robert Bell, ‘Late Starter?: The Rise of the Labour Party in Nottingham, 1890-1939’, Transactions of the Thoroton Society, 104 (2000), 125-34; Nick Hayes, ‘The government of the city, 1900-1974: the consensus ethos in local politics’, in Beckett, ed., Centenary History, chapter 19.