The National Archives
Power, Politics & Protest
> Source 2
Newspaper accounts of riots in Preston, August 1842
(Catalogue ref: 2a. ZPER 34/1 f.236, Illustrated London News, 20 August 1842; 2b,c,d. HO 45/249A, Preston Pilot, 13 August 1842)
Look at source 2a. Does this show a record of one moment or is it like a cartoon showing several events in one frame?
According to the newspaper article, what sorts of people were in the crowd?
Why did the soldiers start firing?
How many of the casualties named in the article were not from Preston?
Does this justify claims that the riot was started by strangers?
Do you think this was a Chartist riot?