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Guildford riots

“All over the country in the 1860s and 1870s, ‘riotous’ customs were being put down by force. At Guildford, between 1863 and 1865, the ‘Guys’, as the Bonfire Boys were known there, were brought to submission ‘at the point of a bayonet’ by troops specially drafted into the town”.

Chris Hare, Worthing, a History: Riot and Respectability in a Seaside Town

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