Rugby's blue plaques - Last reading of the riot act

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Last reading of the riot act

In 1797, headmaster Henry Ingles discovered a boy using gunpowder illicitly procured as ‘tea’. On blaming the shopkeeper, the boy was flogged for being a liar. In retaliation the boys smashed the shop windows, for which the head demanded they pay. This led to mutiny with the burning of desks and books in the playground. The boys were chased by Mr Butlin JP and apprehended as he read out The Riot Act. In retribution, the head flogged or expelled many boys.

Rugby School, The Mound, Barby Road