n10,000 people turned
up at St Peter's field to see the Blanketeers
nThis frightened the
local magistrates who read out the
Riot Act and sent in the King's Dragoon Guards to arrest the leaders.
nIn the confusion
some of the Blanketeers set off.
nWhen the magistrates
realised this, they despatched soldiers
and special constables to go after them.
nOne group was
stopped about a mile out of the city, while the main group was hunted down at Lancashire Hill at Stockport.
nThe military weighed
into the marchers with sabres and
muskets. Several were wounded, one cottager, just happening to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, was shot dead as he watched from his doorstep. Several hundred men were arrested.