Tuesday, 3 July 2012

3rd July 1812: Arms raids & burglaries across the West Riding

In the evening of 3rd July 1812, arms raids took place in the north and south of the West Riding.

At Stainland, near Halifax, the homes of Benjamin Dyson & William Mellor were raided and a gun and a sword were taken from each house.

At Whitley, near Sheffield, 10 men raided the home of a carpenter called Megson, who lived near to the Porter's Lodge at Whitley Hall. Megson and his family were locked in a back room whilst the house was searched - four Guinea notes and some provisions were taken - though the men did not demand firearms.

As recorded in the Leeds Mercury of 11th July 1812.

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