Wednesday, 12 December 2012

12th December 1812: Two suspects are committed to York Castle for the original Luddite raids in the West Riding

The Leeds Mercury of Saturday 12th December 1812 reported that two suspected Luddites had been committed to York Castle for some of the early raids in West Riding in March 1812.

James Dyson, a cropper from Longroyd Bridge, was committed for having been present at, and aiding and assisting in the attack on the premises of Messrs Sykes and Co. at Linthwaite in the early hours of 6th March 1812.

John Walker, another cropper from Salford (near Huddersfield), was committed for attacking the buildings and workshops of Francis Vickerman, at Taylor Hill on 15th March 1812.

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