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THREAD: ON THIS DAY 1881, riots took place in #Basingstoke by locals who’d had enough of the Salvation Army’s weekly temperance parades & took matters into their own hands. This resulted in THE BATTLE OF CHURCH SQUARE.

It pitted church vs church, & mayor vs council. Read on...1/
By 1880 Basingstoke had a population of 6,500 who were fond of a drink or two & supporting 50 pubs & 3 breweries in the town.
The Salvation Army decided to “save” the town and sent a couple of ladies down to settle the Old Silk Mill & bring some musicians down too. Soon weekly temperance marches were taking place in the town Sunday mornings & afternoons. They were here to “Aim fire at Sin and Satan”
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