The ‘Bristol Riot’ and its ‘Other’: St Paul’s and Southmead in April 1980

By Roger Ball

Issue 22, Autumn 2010 pp 32-41

The spring and summer of 1981 saw one of the most widespread and intense periods of urban disturbance in England in the 20th century. During the week of 6-13th July 1981 patterns of the disturbance diffusion emerge suggesting that major ‘riots’ in inner city areas of mixed ethnicity created numerous further incidents in other ethnically homogeneous districts, sometimes considerably distant from the original ‘flash-point’. Ball investigates two examples of Bristol-based unrest which shook the South-West.

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