Friday, 25 November 2011

25th November 1811: More attacks at Basford

Basford continued to rage. Two waggons accompanied by a party of the 15th Dragoons were en route from Bulwell when they were attacked at 5 p.m. at Parson's Flat, near Basford by Luddites, who were then forced to retreat without achieving much. But the conflict brought more troops away from Basford itself, resulting in attacks on frames by other groups of Luddites, some in plain sight of the military.

The attacks continued through to 10 p.m., when the soldiers apprehended 3 men and took them to Nottingham under escort. But the absence of the military again gave the Luddites an opportunity, with more frame-breaking taking place after their departure.

The Leeds Mercury of 30th November 1811 states that '30 more' frames were destroyed in the evening, whilt the Nottingham Journal of 30th November says that 11 were destroyed in the afternoon disturbance. The Nottingham Review of 29th November has 20 destroyed on the 25th, the same number given by Conant & Baker in their report at HO 42/119.

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