The Swing Riots

Plaque to Henry Cook swing rioter

The Swing Riots in Hampshire. The Swing Riots of 1830 were an uprising by agricultural workers in parts of Eastern and Southern England. It was a civil unrest that was a long time in the making, the stirrings of unrest began in the 1780’s and then during the Napoleonic Wars faded away somewhat. Fifty years…

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Robert Owen Pioneering Socialist

Robert Owen and Harmony Hall

Robert Owen was a pioneering socialist, who brought his ideas of Utopian living to the Hampshire countryside by building Harmony Hall near East Tytherley. Little remains now of the Hall, it was burnt down in the C20th but Robert Owen’s socialist ideas live on.

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