Wollaton: Brown Bess Muskets


High up on the walls in the Great Hall at Wollaton Hall are the display of ‘Brown Bess’ flintlock muskets. Henry, the 6th Lord Middleton, became the commanding officer of the Loyal Wollaton, Lenton and Beeston Volunteer Infantry in 1804. Ready to deal with the invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte’s army, Lord Middleton armed the volunteers with these muskets. The same muskets were used by Lord Middleton’s personal regiment in 1831 during the Reform Bill riots and aided by some miners from his coal mines, were successful in the attack.

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