Wednesday, 25 January 2012

25th January 1812: Luddites destroy cut-up goods in transit

Early in the morning of Saturday 25th January, a carrier (waggon) was making its way from Sutton-in-Ashfield towards Nottingham carrying completed hosiery goods. It was still not light, and he had proceeded some way along his journey when he was met by a number of men with lanterns who ordered him to stop. They proceeded to search all of the bags to examine the goods - those they could identify as 'cut-ups' made on wide frames were burned at the side of the road, whilst those that were 'full-fashioned' with proper selvedges on traditional frames were left alone. When all the goods had been thus examined, the carrier was allowed to proceed to Nottingham.

As reported in the Nottingham Review of 31st January 1812.

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