Sunday, 11 August 2013

11th August 1813: West Riding manufacturers are compensated at York Summer Assizes

On Wednesday 11th August, the York Summer Assizes heard a number of cases for compensation brought by manufacturers affected by Luddism. As the Leeds Mercury later clarified, the compensation took into account the destruction of machinery only if the building had been attacked. The compensation awarded was as follows (£, shilling & pence):

Vickerman - £127.3.6
Dyson - £53.14.0
Hinchliffe - £98.13.4
Hirst - £96.4.4
Garner - £14.9.6
Balderstone - £15.3.8
Hepworth - £6.16.6
Pitchforth - £3.0.0
Foster - £291.4.6
Roberts - £0.5.0

Baron Wood heard the cases. Three cases were nonsuited because the plaintiffs allowed the Luddites entry - Callow, Swallow & S Swallow. Another case was successfully defended by the Sheriff of the Hundred - that of Sykes.

As reported in the Leeds Mercury of 14th & 21st August 1813. The Mercury specifies two dates for the hearing - 5th & 11th August. I have chosen the latter.

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