Wednesday, 31 July 2013

31st July 1813: A Longroyd Bridge cropper, Richard Brook, faces trial at York Summer Assizes

The York Summer Assizes commenced on Saturday 31st July 1813. Amongst the cases was that of Richard Brook, an 18 year-old cropper from Longroyd Bridge. He was accused of riotous assembly, breaking a Tenter and stealing iron pins belonging to John Drake senior on 12th May 1813.

Brook was found Not Guilty.

The details of the offence appear in the Leeds Mercury of 31st July 1813, and the result in the 7th August 1813 edition. As was common with many cases that ended in acquittals, the details of the trial do not appear and the actual date of the trial is not clear.

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