26th July 1884 - small bomb explodes in Salisbury Market Place

Explosion in SalisburyOn 26th July 1884 a small bomb exploded in Salisbury Market Square[1]. The explosion and others in the same year seem to have been part of a spate of mischevious, apolitical bombings across the country.

TJ Northey describes:

About 10.30 on the night of Wednesday, July 26th, 1884, a loud report of an explosion was heard in the neighbourhood of the Market Place, and on an investigation being made, it was found that about a pound of gun powder, fixed in a box, had been lodged at the foot of the Hon. Sidney Herbert's statue, and ignited. The occurrence was looked upon as another imbecile freak, having for its object the alarm of people, but a reward of £50 was offered for the perpetrators of this act of criminal folly[2].

Image Credits

The picture has nothing to do with Salisbury or dynamite. It’s a detail from an illustration from Jules Verne’s novel “Around the Moon” drawn by Émile-Antoine Bayard and Alphonse de Neuville.

Attribution: Henri Théophile Hildibrand [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Footnotes

[1] The Popular History Of Old & New Sarum. T. J. Northy, Published by the Wiltshire County Mirror & Express Co. Ltd., 1897. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt.

[2] The Popular History Of Old & New Sarum. T. J. Northy, Published by the Wiltshire County Mirror & Express Co. Ltd., 1897. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt.

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