St Ann's riots

The 1958 St Ann's riots, also known as the Nottingham riots or the Nottingham race riots, was a racially motivated riot on 23 August 1958 in the suburb of St Ann's in Nottingham.[1] Racism after post-war immigration from the Caribbean led to racial tensions, which exploded into clashes in the summer of 1958. Several men and women were injured, and one man needed 37 stitches after a throat wound.[2] The riots led to discussions between Caribbean countries and the UK government, which were intensified a week later by the Notting Hill riots in London.[1]

The events were downplayed by Nottingham City Police's Chief Constable at the time Capt. Athelstan Popkess who claimed they were not racially motivated.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Notting Hill Riots 1958". The Exploring 20th century London Project. Archived from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  2. ^ "St Ann's riot: The changing face of race relations, 60 years on". BBC News. 25 August 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2020.