Monday, 28 May 2012

28th May 1812: Arms raid in Horbury

Thomas Milnes lived at Storrs-Hill, Horbury. At midnight on 28th May 1812, he was asleep when he was roused by the raised voices of men from outside, demanding entry. He did his best to ignore them, but they threatened to break his door down if he did not open it soon, and so he let them in.

The men he let in were not in disguise and immediately demanded his guns, but he eventually managed to convince them he didn't have any. The men were not satisfied, and demanded food, drink and money. Milnes gave them some bread, cheese and beer and some silver coins. The men asked him to provide some food and drink for others who were watching outside, and he gave them more provisions to take away. When the men eventually left, they were civil with him, bidding him goodnight.

As reported in the Leeds Mercury of 6th June 1812.

No comments:

Post a Comment