Swing Riots

Swing Riots of 1830 in which agricultural workers in Elham Valley, near Kent, destroyed threshing machines, burned ricks, smashed barns and workhouses, and maimed cattleā€”in short, attacked the visible signs of the new capitalist relations being imposed on agrarian production and rural life, more broadly.

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circa. The start of the month Autumn 1830 to circa. Winter 1831

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