Cropper in West Yorkshire


The Luddite Lament

In The Luddite Lament, the award winning folk singer John Tams looks back at the machine breakers of 200 years ago, through the prism of the songs they inspired.

Foster's Mill

A stirring folk song performed by Jim Potter about an attack on Foster's Mill near Wakefield which took place on 9 April 1812. . Assault on the Horbury Mill of Joseph Foster near Wakefield. Armed crowd, of between 300 to 600, destroyed gig-mills, cropping shears and frames, and cloth. Damage amounted to about £700....

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The Cropper Lads

Another folk song performed by Jim Potter which celebrates Yorkshire Luddism.

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