Cropper in West Yorkshire


Writings of historians and others on the period of Yorkshire Luddism.

Trial and Retribution

The trial of more than sixty Yorkshire Luddites took place in early January 1813 at a Special Commission held at York Castle.

Timeline of Luddism in Yorkshire

A Cook's tour of Yorkshire Luddism through significant events.

Quaker visits to Luddite families

The visiting of the families of Luddite “Sufferers” in the area of Huddersfield by Quakers Joseph Wood of High Flatts Meeting, and Thomas Shillitoe of Barnsley.
Article by Pamela Cooksey.

Luddite Play - 'Last Rites of the Luddites'

A short play entitled 'Last Rites of the Luddites'©, written by Chris Carter from Golcar. The play was written for the Slubbing Billys Morris Team and was first enacted at their 'Luddite Lunacy' weekend on 23-25 September 2011 in the Colne Valley. Anyone wishing to use the play for their own purposes should first contact Chris Carter via: and seek his permission.

History of Rawfolds Mill

While exploring his family tree, James Lister Summerscales' research turned up some interesting information on Rawfold's mill. The document includes summaries of deeds concerning the mill, and maps showing the mill as it and its surroundings would have been at the time of the Luddite attack in 1812. This was achieved by superimposing a map of 1834 onto one of 1803 and using deed summaries to delete any buildings not present in 1812.
James Lister, Sherriff's Officer and Landlord of The Shears Inn, Hightown, is James Summerscales' three times great grandfather.

Luddite Jack poem

By Edward Bamforth.