Episode 16

The Swing Riots

Poverty, desperation and discontent were rife in the agricultural areas of England. Following years of war, high taxes, high rents, low wages, and poor harvests, by late 1830 the agricultural labourers (without trade unions to represent them) had had enough.

They were literally heading for the brink of starvation. With fewer jobs, lower wages and no prospect of improving conditions, the threshing machine provided a ready target for their anger. The scene was set for protest.

Here's the story of just a few of those brave enough to stand up for thier future's, and what happened next.


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Hello there! My name is Alice and this is The Backtracker History Show Podcast where I ask you to join me on a meander down through the archives to find out more about the people, places and events from the past.

From tales of pirates and privateers to murderers, tragic accidents to war time escapades, this podcast has it all.
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