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1710.

These erupted in London's West End on the night of 1/2 March 1710 following the third day of the impeachment of Dr Henry Sacheverell. This outspoken high Anglican Oxford don was on trial at Westminster Hall for publishing a sermon condemning the Whig government for its favouritism towards dissenters. Rioters demonstrated their sympathy for the doctor by sacking and burning six prominent dissenting chapels.

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