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On this day, 31 May 1831, the Merthyr Tydfil uprising was sparked when bailiffs from the Court of Requests attempted to seize goods from the home of Lewis Lewis, known as Lewsyn yr Heliwr (Lewis the Huntsman).

Lewis refused to let them in, and with his neighbours managed to prevent them from entering his home. The following day a demonstration by ironworkers began ransacking the houses of bailiffs and returning property to the original owners. The rebellion spread and lasted until mid-June.

More info here: https://libcom.org/library/1831-merthyr-tydfil-uprising


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