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Tuesday 20th September 2005 10:00

Question:
I have discovered that 7 men from Sherston (one an ancestor) were sentenced to transportation to Australia at Gloucester in April 1835 - this suggests a social rather than criminal matter ( this was the great period of riots!!) Is there any way of finding out more about these men?

Answer:
This could have been as a result of the agricultural riots of the 1830s although the worst of these in Wiltshire were in 1830-31. The only Wiltshire newspaper covering Sherston at this time was the Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette and it makes no mention of the Gloucester Assizes, or of Sherston, in the small amount of local news published at that time. Unfortunately the Wilts and Gloucester Standard, published in Malmesbury and Cirencester did not start publication until 1837. I think that you will need to consult the Gloucester Standard, held at Gloucester Local Studies Library, which is relocating to the Record Office site, as this will have an account of the local assizes.

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