A big day in history: Rioters give East Anglia’s rich and respectable a fright

Dominic Sandbrook considers the events of 22 May 1816

A cartoonist's depiction of the Ely and Littleport riots. For the Tory government at the time, the riots were a "frightening warning of the revolutionary anarchy beneath the surface of British life", says Dominic Sandbrook. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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