The new book is out!

At our recent walks ‘To the Castle!’ (see the Twitter feed for some photos) we had to disappoint crowds who were (possibly?/probably?/surely!) most impatient to pick up our new book, but now we can happily announce that it is finally out and available!

Nottingham Rising

The Great Cheese Riot of 1766 & the 1831 Reform Riots

A revised paperback edition of our two pamphlets regarding the 1766 Cheese Riots and 1831 Reform Riots. Paperback, 172 pages, ISBN 9780956913968


Nottingham Rising Cover

Available from:

Five Leaves Bookshop (Nottingham)

Nottingham Tourist Information

Waterstones Nottingham

Housmans (London)

Bookmarks (London)

The Sparrows’ Nest

By postal order (just email us). Postal charges TBC, won’t be more than standard price for a small parcel, but we hope to get away sending them as large letters.

Cover Text

With this book, we have re-published our popular pamphlets, To the Castle!… and Damn his Charity…, together for the first time in a handsome paperback edition: Damn his charity! In 1766 a riot broke out during Nottingham’s Goose Fair. Large cheeses were snatched and rolled down Wheeler Gate and Peck Lane, apparently bowling over the Mayor. The first part of this book examines the story behind this tale and places the Great Cheese Riot within the context of the wave of Food Riots which took place that autumn. To the Castle! In October 1831 Nottingham Castle was burned down during the Reform Riots. Although this event is often referred to, little is known about who the rioters were and what may have motivated them. We took a close look at the direct action of these ‘misguided rascals’, discussing their identities and motives, as well as living and working conditions in early nineteenth century Nottingham.

Free digital edition

As we are always keen to make all our work available to anyone free of charges, please see this free digital edition.

Creative Commons License

Nottingham Rising – The Great Cheese Riot of 1766 & the 1831 Reform Riots (free digital edition) by People’s Histreh is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Based on a work at

Don’t forget…

Chris Richardson’s amazing A City of Light Socialism, Chartism and Co-operation – Nottingham 1844 (paperback, 243 pages, ISBN 9780956913944), is available (and is now in its third reprint!).

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