Cropper in West Yorkshire

University of Huddersfield Archives and Special Collections

If you are looking for source material for your research, whether personal interest, an undergraduate essay, a PhD. thesis, or an academic publication, you will find a range of printed books, journals, manuscripts, archives and visual material which may be relevant.

Joseph Radcliffe lived at Milnsbridge House and was the local magistrate at the time of William Horsfall's murder. The Radcliffe Papers are in the Leeds office of West Yorkshire Archive Service, but those relating to the Luddite risings were published on microfilm and a copy is available in the University Archives as well as in Huddersfield Local History Library.

Other sources are the Leeds Mercury, Leeds Intelligencer (on microfilm and via the Nineteenth Century Newspapers web site for members of the University) for contemporary accounts of the risings and the trials in York, as well as books such as Peel's The Risings of the Luddites, Thomis's book etc etc.

For a general introduction see the chapter 'A Metropolis of Discontent' by John A. Hargreaves in Huddersfield a most handsome town (1992) edited by E.A.Hilary Haigh

Please contact the University Archivist to arrange to access any of these sources.

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The Archivist
tel: 01484 473168

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Archives and Special Collections The University of Huddersfield,
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