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History

Find out more about the history of Littleport and surrounding areas.

Riot and Be Hanged

Background to the Riots of 1816 The environment that surrounded the Littleport workers at the time of the riots, was subject to many pressures, and the people were desperately poor with many farmworkers and their families on the brink of civilisation. Wages were low, and the situation was compounded by the high price of grain. The end of the Napoleonic Wars (marked by the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815), created thousands of out-of-work soldiers across Europe.

There was a great divide between the local ruling religious hierarchy – the Church – which was conjoined with the local Landowners, and eventually the workers took a stand…

Riot and Be Hanged [please supply PDF document]

Littleport Almanacks

The Almanacs, more than half a century of fascinating insight into the workings of a community.  We are indebted to Adam Strawson, who extracted the relevant content, from a large number of the original documents. He has subsequently assisted in the preparation of the data files to facilitate uploading the story onto the Parish Website.

There are 46 Almanacks, which are commonly known as the “Barbers Almanacks”