Burslem Volunteer Corps - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

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Date:1798 - 1815 (c.)

Description:Burslem Volunteer Corps Rules and Regulations

Printed booklet outlining the rules and regulations of the Burslem Volunteer Corps.

The booklet sets out a series of rules and subsequent fines for breaking them.

They include non-attendance at parade, being late for parade, talking whilst on duty, and attending parade in an intoxicated state.

Volunteer Corps

The French Revolution in 1789 signalled the start of a very turbulent period in European history.

During the 1790s the French Revolutionary government waged war on much of Europe, including Italy, Spain, the Netherlands. In 1793 the Republic declared that it was at war with Great Britain.

Fear of invasion prompted the organisation of voluntary home defence forces all over the country.

Enoch Wood and the Volunteer Corps.

Enoch Wood was central to the formation of the volunteers corps in the Burslem area. Documentation from the collection shows that he sat at the head of virtually all of the committees that decided how the corps was run from about 1797 to 1814.

About this Document

This article was collected by local industrialist Enoch Wood. It is now part of the collections at Stoke-on-Trent Museums.