Wednesday, 13 June 2012

13th June 1812: Arms raid on Mr. Barraclough, near Huddersfield

At 1.00 a.m. on Saturday 13th June, a man called Barraclough from the Huddersfield area was roused from his sleep by banging at his door. When he went downstairs to investigate, the men gathered outside demanded his gun: he duly handed it to them through a window, but this was not enough. The men demanded entry. Once again, Barraclough complied and also handed the men his keys when these were asked for. The men searched through the drawers of a desk in search of money, and then went to Barraclough's bedroom, but could not find anymore. Barraclough was persuaded to give them the money he had, handing them about 20 shillings in silver coins. The men helped themselves to a loaf of bread, some cheese and butter and then left.

Not long afterwards, one of the men returned Barraclough's gun, saying they had no need for it.

As reported in the Leeds Mercury of 20th June 1812.

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