Wednesday, 11 July 2012

11th July 1812: 8 men arrested in Holmfirth

On Saturday night, 11th July 1812, eight men were arrested in Holmfirth and taken into custody. All of them were charged with "divers misdemeanours" in the West Riding of Yorkshire, including Abraham Armitage, Robert Fitton, George Beaumont, Benjamin Chadwick (alias Woodcock), John Taylor and Benjamin Hinchliffe of Holmfirth. Two other men were charged with additional offences: George Brookes of Holmfirth - charged with assaulting and threatening to kill the Officer of Excise of Holmfirth, and Samuel Haigh, formerly of Holmfirth, accused of conducting raids for arms in Holmfirth on 29th June 1812.

As reported in the Leeds Intelligencer of 13th July 1812. The Intelligencer states the date of the arms raid in Holmfirth being 30th June, but the Leeds Mercury of 4th July 1812 is clear that the raids took place early in the hours of 29th June 1812.

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