Aid to the Civil Power
This chapter demonstrates the importance of the Yeomanry in the control of post-Napoleonic civil disturbances. It shows that, before the County and Borough Police Act of 1856 began to standardised practice, magistrates were often forced to rely on the sometimes blunt instrument of military support to overcome civil disobedience. This was one half of the Yeomanry’s statutory role and, using regional and central archives, this chapter demonstrates how the force not only provided a local dormant garrison that was able to ‘police by presence,’ but the belief that its form and constitution made it inherently reliable. However inefficient or compromised it might have been, this chapter shows how the Yeomanry formed a vital part of the country’s internal defences.