Messrs. Wilson's Mill, Salford

Back Entrance to Messrs. Wilson's Mill, Salford. 1842. Illustrated London News. Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham. [This image may be used without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose.]

In a confrontation between constables and unemployed "operatives" or mill-workers, the mob was pushed back from Salford's gates. However, as the rioters were withdrawing, "a private watchman, who had stationed himself at one of the windows inside [the factory], discharged a blunderbuss loaded with no. 4 shot at the legs of the assailants, and five of them, we regret to say, were wounded . . . . Then men were shot from the ground-window of the mill, as seen in the print" (233).

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"Attack on a Print-Works. — The Mob Fired On. — Two Men and Three Boys Wounded." Illustrated London News. (20 August 1853): 233.


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