Saturday, 26 May 2012

26th May 1812: Arms raid at Ossett

In the evening of Tuesday 26th May 1812, up to 50 Luddites conducted a nocturnal arms raid on a property in Ossett. Whilst the main group waited at a distance, a smaller group of between 8 and 10 Luddites knocked up the house and upon someone coming to the door made clear their purpose, demanding all the arms in the property. After receiving a gun and a brace of pistols, the Luddites demanded beer, which they were given. After this, they left.

This has been based on an anonymous deposition, which can be found at HO 40/1/1.

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