Shaftesbury Hilltop History – Dave Hardiman On The Swing Riots

Dave Hardiman shares the story of the ‘Swing Riots’ which took place across Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset in 1830.

It was a time when decades of poverty and repression of the labouring classes exploded into violence and protests,” says Dave.

Dave Hardiman

Some Shaftesbury men were brought before the courts to explain their involvement in the protests. Dave talks about the locals who were, ‘accused of riot and feloniously destroying a threshing machine at Cann’.