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Pentrich in Derbyshire is a quiet place these days. But in 1817 it was the centre of a plot to overthrow the Government of the day. Britain had been at war with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France almost continuously until 1815. When war ended, the economy slumped. It was the poor who had borne the brunt of the fighting. Now they were required to bear the economic and social fallout from the subsequent peace.