Monday, 19 March 2012

19th March 1812: A Luddite is apprehended at Mansfield

On Thursday 19th March, a man was apprehended at Mansfield for stealing a club-box. Under the questioning, the man admitted to being a Luddite and apparently confessed to knowledge of Luddite activities, giving names to the authorities, in particular, a man named Bull who had been involved in the breaking of frames belonging to a man called Shipley. The Luddite gave 30 names all told, of whom 9 were later taken into custody, with others escaping.

This is taken from a cryptic report in the Leeds Mercury of 21st March 1812. The name of the 'Luddite' is not given.

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