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The Pentrich Rebellion – A Nottingham Affair?

Gaunt, Richard A.



© 2018 University of Birmingham. This article re-considers Nottingham’s role in the events immediately preceding the Pentrich Rebellion of 9–10 June 1817, as well as its reaction on the night of the Rebellion and during its aftermath. It does so in light of two continuing areas of historiographical debate: Nottingham’s status as a radical, potentially revolutionary, town, and the Rebellion’s links to Luddism. Nottingham loomed large in the planning and course of the Rebellion; it was heavily influenced by the work of a secret committee centred on Nottingham, the North Midlands Committee. It was also a Rebellion led by a Nottingham man, Jeremiah Brandreth, ‘the Nottingham Captain’. However, the effective role played by Nottingham Corporation, the inability of the radicals to persuade would-be rebels that they had an effective plan, and the ability of the authorities to gather intelligence about the Rebellion, all played their part in the Rebellion’s failure.


Gaunt, R. A. (2018). The Pentrich Rebellion – A Nottingham Affair?. Midland History, 43(2), 208-228.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 17, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 24, 2018
Publication Date Oct 24, 2018
Deposit Date Jul 18, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 25, 2020
Journal Midland History
Print ISSN 0047-729X
Electronic ISSN 1756-381X
Publisher Maney Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 2
Pages 208-228
Keywords Pentrich Rebellion, Nottingham, Jeremiah Brandreth, Corporation, Radicalism, Luddism, Informers, 4th Duke of Newcastle, Thomas Denman, Oliver the Spy
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