Writer Wants Your Family Stories Of Shaftesbury Area Riots

Local historian Christina Richard is writing a book about the civil unrest that gripped the Dorset and Wiltshire countryside in 1830, during the ‘Swing Riots’.

Listen to our interview as Christina explains why locals rioted at Pythouse. The local MP John Bennett was struck with a stone during the protest.

The entrance to Pythouse

She tells us how the Swing movement gained its name and talks about the severe punishment dished out to the protesters.