Swing Riots Walk

Captain SwingMonday 28th June at 10.30

Meet at Kintbury Station for a BLHA walk along the Kennet and Avon canal from Kintbury to Hungerford.

We will be looking at sites connected with the Swing Riots of 1830, from the grave of local leader William Winterbourne in Kintbury churchyard to Hungerford Town Hall.

The Swing Riots were a protest by impoverished agricultural labourers against the new threshing machines, which they believed were putting them out of work. West Berkshire was one of many areas in Southern England where the protests took place. The name Swing Riots comes from their mythical leader Captain Swing, who signed a threatening letter sent to The Times.

Distance 5 miles with optional pub lunch in Hungerford.

This is a Free Event, but please contact Membership Secretary Ann Smith: email membership@blha.org.uk or phone 0118 978 3430 to reserve a place.

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