On 11th May 1812

assassinationat five o’clock in the afternoon, Sir Spencer Perceval, the Prime Minister, was shot in the lobby of the House of Commons.  He died almost instantly.

The militia were called out to occupy the streets of London, the mails were stopped, and sharp-shooters were installed atop major government buildings.  The river police searched the thousands of boats coming and going up the Thames, and the intelligence network combed the countryside for conspirators.

The assassin was one John Bellingham, a madman.

Sir Spencer remains the only British Prime Minister ever to have been assassinated.


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