APRIL sees the 200th anniversary of the Luddites’ attack at William Cartwright’s Rawfolds Mill in Liversedge.
The attack saw 150 men, facing desperate poverty and a threat to their livelihoods because of increased mechanisation, attack the mill on the night of April 11, 1812.
The attack was repelled and two of the Luddites were killed in the bloody battle.
To mark the anniversary the Spenborough Guardian has produced a commemorative four-page special on the Luddite movement, how it came about, the Rawfolds attack and the aftermath, which saw 17 young men hanged for taking a stand against mill owners.
See today’s Spenborough Guardian, for the full story.