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The Kensington Riots of May 1844

This section of my Kensington Encyclopaedia concerns only the riots as they took place in Kensington 

Links for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Kensington Riots Sources:

Catholic Herald, Thursday May 9, 1844

"The Kensington Massacre," The Republic, A Magazine for the Defence of Civil and Religious Liberty, No.1, August 1845.


The Full Particulars of the Late Riots...May 3, 1844. Philadelphia: 1844.


Six Months Ago, or the Eventful Friday, and Its Consequences. An Epic Poem. By R***. Philadelphia: J.F.M. McElroy.


A Full and Complete Account of the Late Awful Riots in Philadelphia. Philadelphia: John B. Perry, 1844.


Reflections on the Late Riots by Candid Writers in Poetry and Prose. Philadelphia: 1844.


The Truth Unveiled; or, a Calm and Impartial Exposition of the Origin and Immediate Cause of the Terrible Riots and Rebellion in Philadelphia. By a Protestant and Native Philadelphian. Baltimore: Metropolitan Tract Society, 1844.

Address of the Catholic Lay Citizens of the Regard to the Causes of the Late Riots in Philadelphia. Philadelphia: 1844



Illustrations for the Kensington Riot

The following illustrations and captions of the riots in Kensington and are taken from the book, "A Full and Complete Account of the Late Awful Riots in Philadelphia." Philadelphia: John B. Perry, 1844. Any annotations by me have been put in [brackets]. I will try to add more illustrations at a later date. These images are posted on the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's website and can be accessed by clicking on the links following the descriptions:

A faithful portrait of one of the steamer Princeton's rough and ready for battle jack-tars, armed and equipped as a "Boarder," who among some two hundred others similarly arrayed for active service, promptly obeyed the orders of their commander, Capt. R. F. Stockton, to render efficient aid, in quelling the late riots.


Fight between the rioters in Kensington

Scene of the Conflagaration on Tuesday night, May 7 [Looking north from Master and American Streets, shows the firing of the Nanny Goat Market, the Hibernia Hose Company, and some homes next to the hose company. Picture #4 below shows the aftermath of this fire.]


No caption [The aftermath of the fire shown above in picture #3. This view is looking west, from just north of Master Street, from the eastern side of American street. The rubble is that of the Nanny Goat Market, which was located on American Street, just north of Master. In the background were other buildings, which were destroyed by the rioters, including the Hibernia Hose Company, and in the background further, groups of homes on Cadwallader Street, running northwest off from the intersection of American and Master Streets.]


Burning of St. Michael's Church, on Wednesday afternoon, May 8. West View, on Second Street, with the residence of the Rev. Mr. Donahue


Burning of the Nunnery or School House, On Wednesday afternoon, May 8. North-West View, on Second Street, corner of Phoenix


Alderman Hugh and Patrick Clark's Houses, which were attacked by the mob on Wednesday afternoon, May 8. East View, Fourth street, corner of Master, as they appeared [before] the riots. [Clark was one of the main leaders of the Irish-Catholic community in Kensington. Patrick was his brother. They lived just a couple of blocks west from the Nanny Goat Market and St. Michael's Church.]


Lithograph by John L. Magee of the Death of George Shifler in Kensington

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