The Pentrich Rebellion – a Nottingham affair?

Gaunt, Richard A. (2018) The Pentrich Rebellion – a Nottingham affair? Midland History . ISSN 1756-381X (In Press)

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This article re-considers Nottingham’s role in the events immediately preceding the Pentrich Rebellion of 9-10 June 1817, as well as its reaction on the night of the Rebellion and during its aftermath. It does so in light of two continuing areas of historiographical debate: Nottingham’s status as a radical, potentially revolutionary, town, and the Rebellion’s links to Luddism. Nottingham loomed large in the planning and course of the Rebellion; it was heavily influenced by the work of a secret committee centred on Nottingham, the North Midlands Committee, which provided essential points of contact with the villages at the heart of the Rebellion. It was also a Rebellion led by a Nottingham man, Jeremiah Brandreth, ‘the Nottingham Captain’. However, the effective role played by Nottingham Corporation, in treading the fine line between revolution and reaction, the inability of the radicals to persuade would-be rebels that they had an effective plan, and the ability of the local magistrates and the Home Office to gather intelligence about the Rebellion, all worked against it. The chances of a successful reception in Nottingham were always much lower than the Rebels anticipated.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Please note that the map and illustration have been removed from the article for copyright reasons.
Keywords: Pentrich Rebellion, Nottingham, Jeremiah Brandreth, Corporation, Radicalism, Luddism, Informers, 4th Duke of Newcastle, Thomas Denman, Oliver the Spy
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of History
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2018 11:24
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:46

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