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Walter Virgo and the Blakeney Gang

Walter Virgo and the Blakeney Gang

The struggle against enclosure in the Forest of Dean in the latter part of the nineteenth century bIan Wright

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These are some of the headlines which started appearing in the Gloucester Citizen and Western Daily Press in the 1890s. This pamphlet will try and get behind the headlines and reveal what was really going on in the Blakeney area of the Forest of Dean at the time.

THE BLAKENEY OUTRAGES

“WORSE THAN IRELAND” - THE VICAR ASKS FOR EXCEPTIONAL LAW

A REIGN OF TERROR - SPEECH BY MINERS AGENT

ASSAULT ON THE POLICE IN BLAKENEY - THE RECENT OUTRAGES

MORE LAWLESSNESS AT BLAKENEY - RESIDENTS ARMED

ALLEGED POACHING AFFRAY IN DEAN FOREST

A POLICE SERGEANT MURDERED AND A CONSTABLE INJURED

POACHING IN DEAN FOREST - A POLICEMAN STONED

POACHING AT NEWNHAM - ARREST OF “SHEEPSKIN”

OUTRAGE IN DEAN FOREST - ENGINE DESTROYED

DYNAMITE OUTRAGE IN BLAKENEY

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