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Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
A bludgeon used by George Eld (1765-1827) in the celebrated bludgeon riots. He was traditionally known as the 'terror of Cross Cheaping'. The 'Bluegeon Riots' occurred in 1780 due to a fiercely contected election. They were a series of running street battles with cudgels and bludgeons being used by the opposing factions. In the 18th century, candidates from the Tory and Whig parties sometimes hire extra thugs to 'assist' them in winning the election.
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