The Hilton Gang: Terrorising Dissent in 1680s London

The last years of Charles II saw London a hotbed of political and religious conflict, exploited by a 'hit squad' who brought a reign of terror to the city.

Rich pickings: a map showing the distribution of the Conventicles in 1683, targets for the gang's activities.John Hilton was an odious thug. He was a bully, a liar, a blackmailer and a rapacious fraudster. Yet from 1682 until 1686 he terrorised London with the connivance of some of the highest figures in the land.

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