This gallery contains a few postcards of Old Market in Bristol and some pictures in local newspapers from 1932 covering the clashes between the police and the National Unemployed Worker’s Movement marches. You can find out more about these distrubances in the Bristol Radical Pamphleteer #19 Bread Or Batons? Unemployed Workers Struggles’ in 1930s Bristol.

These pictures are from the collections in Bristol Central Reference Library. You should contact them if you want to reproduce them (refandinfo@bristol.gov.uk).

Old Market in a postcard postmarked 1909
Old Market in a postcard postmarked 1909
A postcard of Old Market in 1860 printed in 1907
A postcard of Old Market in 1860 printed in 1907
Police baton charge unemployed workers march on Old Market Street, February 23rd 1932.
Police baton charge unemployed workers march on Old Market Street, February 23rd 1932.
Means Test
Weston Daily Press Feb. 10th 1932. Police in conflict – A srticking picture of the scene in Old Market Street, Bristol yesterday when the conflict between police and unemployed was at its height. Banenrs similar to that on the right were broken up and used as missiles.
Batton Charge
Bristol Guardian & Gazette. 27th February 1932. “Bristol police preparing for the baton charge during the disturbance on Old Market, Bristol. Some of the officers already ahve their batons drawn.”
Weapons
Western Daily Press. 25th February 1932. “Weighty Evidence! – A selection of the weapons taken by police from the rioters in Old Market, Bristol, on Tuesday. The Chief Constable had a collection in his room at Central Police Station.”
The Police Line
Western Daily Press 24th February 1932. “A Graphic picture of the encounter between Bristol police and unemployed in Old Market, Bristol, yesterday. It clearly shows the line of police, with drawn batons, parting the crowd and pressing them back.”

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