Aireborough Historical Society

1812 Luddites in Rawdon

Luddites in Rawdon
Date 1812
Location Rawdon
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Compiled by Carlo Harrison from documents held in the AHS Archive Room, Yeadon Town Hall


In 1812 the Rawdon Cropping Shed's, now known as Rawdon Low Mill were made the subject of several serious Luddite attacks.
The mills were besieged by a formidable body of armed men who seized the watchman & placed guards at the door of every dwelling & then proceeded into the mills smashed to pieces the obnoxious machinery.
Nor were the devastating energies of the Luddites confined merely to the Cropping Shops. Other buildings in the neighbourhood suffered from their visits, Hawksworth corn mill was burnt.
Eighteen of these desperadoes, including three who were charged with the murder of Mr Horsfall, at Marden, were tried at York & 17 of them were executed on the 16th January 1813

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