17th January 1885 - bomb explodes at Warminster Town Hall

Explosion in Salisbury On 17th January 1885 there was an explosion at Warminster Town Hall.

This was the fourth in a series of local bomb attacks, and the first outside Salisbury.

19th Century historian TJ Northey tells the story:

[On] the evening of Wednesday, January 17, 1885, the alarm was renewed by an explosion at Warminster, described as an “ attempt to blow up the Town Hall.”

This increased the vigilance of the police. The county authorities placed the matter in the hands of that astute officer Superintendent Stephens, and in the end seven Salisbury young men were arrested, five of whom were afterwards released[1].

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


[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.