12th January 2020

12th January 2020

I've recently been reading about the bread riots which took placed in Torquay in 1847 and 1867 and this gave me the idea for some lyrics to go with a new tune idea I had. There was an interesting article which mentioned the bread riots in a local magazine called the Beach Hut. The article was written by Jack Critchlow about Torquay Museum and having read this it sparked off the idea for a song. The idea for the tune came from watching a tutorial on youtube about playing a country and western style steel guitar riff. My tune idea sounds nothing like that style of music though.

Here is a link to some information about the Torquay bread riots

https://www.torbay.gov.uk/media/8996/the-bread-riots-1847-and-1867.pdf


The harvest was so poor

The price of bread it would soar

The potato crop and failed

Hope for the poor had not prevailed


There were riots in Torquay

In Union street like an angry sea

It was Eighteen Forty Seven

Great discontent for the poor in Devon


The price of bread so high

Could this the baker justify

A mob in Union street

The Constables had to defeat


There were riots in Torquay

In Union street like an angry sea

It was Eighteen Sixty Seven

Great discontent for the poor in Devon


A sharp rise in the price of bread

Led to a riot the newspaper said

It was bonfire night when the shops were trashed

Broken into, ransacked, trashed and smashed

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