Bordesley Hall, the Seat of John Taylor, Esq.House of J. Taylor Esq. This superb mansion, which was as superbly finished, is situated in the midst of a park, at Bordesley, about half a mile from the town. This house was first attacked on Friday the 15th of July. Upon hearing the news, a party of gentlemen who had been sworn constables, headed by Captain Carver, repaired to the place, and drove the Rioters whom they found in the cellar from the premises, of which they kept possession till the title-deeds... ainsi fut réduite en cendres (excepté les murailles) cette superbe maison, la plus grande partie de son riche ameublement, les écuries, et toutes les dépendances.
London. Published, 1 May 1792, by J.Johnson, St. Paul's Church Yard.
Aquatint with descriptive text in English and French. Sheet 406 x 260mm. 16 x 10¼". Laid on album page, foxing.
Bordesley Hall, the second property of John Taylor, and was burnt down during the Priestley Riots, the Birmingham Riots of 1791, which targeted religious Dissenters, most notably the politically and theologically controversial Joseph Priestley. From "Views of the Ruins of the Principal Houses destroyed during the Riots at Birmingham. 1791." On the 14th of July, 1791, a party having met at an hotel to celebrate the anniversary of the French revolution, collected together as a mob, and proceeded for several days their devastations, setting fire to several meeting-houses and private mansions, but on the arrival of the military from Oxford and Hounslow, order was restored: at the ensuing assizes four of the ring-leaders were convicted, two of whom suffered the penalty of the law. Shortly after this occurrence barracks were erected on the Vauxhall-road, near the town, consisting of a range of handsome buildings, enclosing a spacious area for the exercise of cavalry, and a smaller for parades, a riding-school, a magazine, and an hospital.
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