Dave Hardiman has been researching the Shaftesbury riot of 1830.
There was unrest across the country following elections called after the death of King George IV. And in Shaftesbury, there were, ‘boos, hisses, scuffles and sticks used as weapons’ outside the Grosvenor Arms Hotel.
Lord Grosvenor had a firm grip on the town and had expected his tenants to elect his choices for Shaftesbury’s Westminster parliamentary seats. But events didn’t go as smoothly as Grosvenor had planned.