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#25 Walter Virgo and the Blakeney Gang - 2nd Edition

by Ian Wright

This pamphlet will examine the struggle against enclosure in the Forest of Dean in he latter part of the nineteenth century leading up to the 'Blakeney Outrages' of the 1890s. In particular it will consider the story of Walter Virgo and the "Blakeney Gang" who were accused of acts of poisoning, maiming, stealing, poaching, midnight raids, dynamiting, arson and murder in the Forest of Dean towards the end of the nineteenth century.

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These are some of the headlines which started appearing in the Gloucester Citizen and Western Daily Press in the 1890s. This pamphlet will try to get behind the headlines and reveal what was really going on in the Blakeney area of the Forest of Dean at the time:

THE BLAKENEY OUTRAGES 'WORSE THAN IRELAND'

SPEECH BY MINERS AGENT ASSAULT ON THE POLICE IN BLAKENEY

THE RECENT OUTRAGES MORE LAWLESSNESS AT BLAKENEY

RESIDENTS ARMED ALLEGED POACHING AFFRAY IN DEAN FOREST

ENGINE DESTROYED DYNAMITE OUTRAGE IN BLAKENEY ᅠ

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