A summary of popular protests in British history

There are a number of significant occasions when 'the people' have tried to change their government's mind – either peacefully or by violence. They have contributed to the growth of freedom and democracy in Britain.

The key rebellions in British history.

These have included:

  • The Middle Ages – the Peasants' Revolt, Cade's Rebellion, the Cornish Rebellion.
  • Early Modern age – the Pilgrimage of Grace, the Northern Rebellion, the Gunpowder Plot, the Jacobite Rebellions.
  • The 19th century – the Luddites, the Pentrich Rebellion and the Swing Riots, the campaign over the slave trade, the Combination Acts, the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the New Poor Law and Chartism.
  • The 20th century – the campaign for women's suffrage, the trade unionist movement, the Troubles in Northern Ireland between 1968 and 1998, the Miners' Strike from 1984 to 1985, and the Poll Tax riots in 1990.