22ND OCTOBER 1831 YEOVIL RIOTS
A large brown stoneware harvest jug, c.1831-35, moulded in high relief with grapevine, oak garlands and farming implements, the rim set with a silver-plated band, the body with a plated escutcheon engraved 'Presented by the inhabitants of Yeovil & its vicinity in testimony of their approval of the conduct of the Mudford Troop of Yeomanry Cavalry during the riots in that town in 1831, To Mr H Brooks', cracked, 24.7cm.
Following rejection of the Second Reform Bill by the House of Lords on 8th October, riots ensued in many provincial towns and cities. Notable was Yeovil where houses of a number of local dignitaries were sacked. Fearing further destruction, the Magistrates summoned the Yeomanry, who remained just outside the town but whose presence quelled the marauding rioters. Cf. Lincoln Hallinan, British Commemoratives; Royalty, Politics, War and Sport, pls. 100 a and b.
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