Sunday, 1 April 2012

1st April 1812: 'General Ludd' is apprehended in Huddersfield

On Wednesday 1st April 1812, a man called Beswick from Saddleworth was apprehended at a public house in Huddersfield, along with four other men. A report in the Leeds Mercury 3 days later stated that it was known that he presented himself as General Ludd.

A day later, the group found themselves being questioned by the Huddersfield Magistrate, Joseph Radcliffe, and bound over on 'good behaviour' for 12 months. The Mercury also reported that, at the time of publication, Beswick had been re-committed, to be examined a second time.

As reported in the Leeds Mercury of 4th April 1812.

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