Effigy Burning in 1800s Cornwall

Reading time: 20 minutes

(Derry, August 1913. Nationalists preparing to burn the effigy of Sir Edward Carson. With thanks to Chris McKnight, Old Photos of Derry People, Facebook)

This week I am delighted to say I am posting a guest blog for Cornish Story Online, which, in conjunction with The Institute of Cornish Studies at Exeter University, seeks to “explore the culture and heritage of Cornwall from the distant past down to the present day”.

My contribution examines why, how, and with what consequences Cornish people took the law into their own hands and subjected their towns and communities to mob justice in the 1800s.

Was there ever an effigy burnt to the satisfaction of a large and angry crowd in your hometown?

Read my article to find out more HERE!

Many thanks for reading

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