Wednesday, 29 March 2017

29th March 1817: Heathcoat & Boden awarded £10,000 compensation for their 'Loughborough Job' losses

It was reported in the Leciester Chronicle of Saturday 29th March 1817 that during the recent Leicester Assizes, the owners of the lace factory at Loughborough that had been attacked by Luddites - Messrs Heathcoat & Boden - had brought a case against the local authority for compensation and had won an enormous sum:
At our assizes during the present week, Messrs. Heathcote and Boden obtained a verdict for ten thousand pounds, subject to the award of a Referee, from the Hundred of West Goscote, for injury done to their premises on the 20th June last, by the Luddites. A meeting of the inhabitants of the Hundred is called, to take the business into consideration.

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