Western Rising

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For the 1549 revolts of the same name, see Prayer Book Rebellion.

The Western Rising was a series of riots which took place during 1626–1632 in Gillingham Forest on the Wiltshire-Dorset border, Braydon Forest in Wiltshire, and Dean Forest, Gloucestershire, in response to disafforestation of royal forests, sale of royal lands and enclosure of property by the new owners.[1] Buchanan Sharp also argues to include uprisings in Feckenham Forest.[2]

The 1626–32 riots were followed by further riots during the English Civil War and the following Interregnum.


  1. ^ Buchanan Sharp (1980), In contempt of all authority, Berkeley: University of California Press, ISBN 0-520-03681-6, 0520036816 
  2. ^ Popular Protest, Buchanan Sharpe, in Barry Reay (June 1988), Popular Culture in Seventeenth Century England, Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-00040-6, 0415000408