The Siege at Sidney Street, London – 3 January 1911

Posted on December 20th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

The Siege of Sidney Street (aka the ‘Battle of Stepney’) took place in London on 3 January 1911.

The siege resulted in the deaths of two supposed anarchists, Fritz Svaars and William Sokolow, as well as three policemen and a fireman.

This newspaper report and accompanying photographs, published on 4 January 1911, provide a fascinating description of the siege, and the report also mentions Winston Churchill’s controversial attendance at the scene – he was Home Secretary at the time.

historical newspaper report on sidney street siege

Dundee Courier – Wednesday 04 January 1911

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historical newspaper report on sidney street siege

historical newspaper report on sidney street siege

historical newspaper report on sidney street siege

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette – Wednesday 04 January 1911

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