Cropper in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Archive Service

West Yorkshire Archive Service (WYAS) collects, preserves and makes available the county's documentary heritage. It is funded by and works on behalf of the five Metropolitan District Councils of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.

Our holdings include Luddite records from a law and order perspective such as the Sessions papers of the Deputy Clerk of Peace, and the papers of Sir Joseph Radcliffe JP, who led the local campaign against the Luddites. We also have records recording reactions of a variety of individuals to Luddism, ranging from condemnation, such as in the diaries of Lady Amabel York of Fountains Hall, and correspondence of the Reverend Edward Ramsden of Ovenden near Halifax, to sympathy with the families of Luddites executed or punished such as in the diary of the Quaker Reverend Thomas Shillitoe who visited the families of the Luddites in 1812.

Main Contact Details

Pat Sewell

Contact Details

West Yorkshire Archive Service PO BOX 5
Nepshaw Lane South
LS27 0QP.

tel: 0113 289 8289