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Buildings under siege in 1830 riot are up for sale
10:30am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A GROUP of buildings in Fordingbridge, which were under siege during a fierce riot in 1830 go under the hammer on November 4.
The East Mills depot, which sits on the bank of the River Avon, is valued at £650,000.
The buildings, formerly part of an Environment Agency depot, are being sold by land auctioneers Clive Emson at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
In the autumn of 1830, Fordingbridge was the focus of some of the worst disturbances in the country when labourers began to feel under threat from threshing machines being introduced to large farms.
The East Mills factory and the iron works at Stuckton, which made threshing machines, were destroyed by about 300 men.
As a result of the rioting 345 men were brought before Winchester Assizes. Most were handed prison sentences or bound over to keep the peace.
Some 67 men were acquitted, but six were executed.
The disturbances were known as the Captain Swing Riots.
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