Happenings During the Reign of William IV: The Merthyr Rising of 1831

#AceHistoryNews says l remember reading about this many years ago, so RB’d on my “History of Britain” #memories

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The Merthyr Rising of 1831 was the violent climax to many years of simmering unrest among the large working class population of Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales and the surrounding area.


Throughout May 1831, the coal miners and others who worked for William Crawshay took to the streets of Merthyr Tydfil, calling for reform, protesting against the lowering of their wages and general unemployment. Gradually the protest spread to nearby industrial towns and villages and by the end of May, the whole area was in rebellion, and for the first time in the world the red flag of revolution was flown.

After storming Merthyr town, the rebels sacked the local debtors’ court and the goods that had been collected. Unpaid debts were taken and given back to their original owners. Account books containing debtors’ details were also destroyed. Among the shouts were cries of Caws a bara (cheese…

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