Willam Wheeler and his brush with The Law

In 1884 a strike at Dixons carpet Factory resulted in military and police being imported from Birmingham. There were a number of bitter exchanges between the police and local carpet workers, and a number of local men were arrested. Amongst them was one William Wheeler a weaver who worked for James Humphries & Co. in Mill Street. The men were summarily given various custodial sentences and Wheeler was sent to Worcester Gaol for two months with hard labour for throwing stones at the police and attempting to release a prisoner.

Throughout his brief trial, and afterwards, Wheeler protested his innocence of the charges and was supported in this by other witnesses and the Weavers' Association. His story is told in Newspaper reports published at the time.

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