Snipper's Gate Riot

Snipper’s Gate Riot


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[002866] [Snipper’s Gate Riot]. The Particulars of a Riot That Took Place at Snipper’s Gate, South Hetton, in the County of Durham, on Saturday Last, February 15, 1834 Between the Pitmen and the Police. Newcastle: W. Kent, 1834. First Edition. Folio. Unbound. Broadside. Good. Printed single sided broadside mounted on card, approximately 320mm x 105mm in size, card size approximately 340mm x 135mm.

Card browned and chipped to foot, broadside generally clean.

An account of the disorder arising after a Mr Hall had told miners that they would have to accept lower prices for the coal or be let go, “Mr Hall’s life was threatened by the whole of the men, and who narrowly escaped from their vengeance by a hole he caused to be broke through his office wall. Ever since they have been in a state of excitement … they, however, remained in their dwellings after the expiration of the time assigned them, when the work of ejecting commenced … which was carried on without any interruption on the part of the Pitmen; but on the day following … they shewed a disposition to commence hostilities, by mustering to an immense number and throwing stones and other missiles that lay in their way, doing serious injury to many of the ejectors. A great many of the pitmen were likewise armed with guns and swords. The police stationed at Hetton, with other assistance, then interfered to keep peace, when the disturbance took place to a very serious extent, the pitmen and police coming in contact, dealing dreadful blows”.

[William] Kent fl. 1771-1841 was a printer, map/chart seller at 99 Side, Newcastle (See BBTI).

Unrecorded in COPAC