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An account of machine-breaking at Linthwaite, Yorkshire, March 1812
(Catalogue ref: HO 40/1/1, part 2, f.6)
1a   lb                
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HO 40/1/1 pt2; account of machine-breaking, 1812

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • This is evidence given by a servant called John Sykes to the local Justice of the Peace. What happened in the event he describes?
  • Why do you think the intruders destroyed machinery?
  • Was this an act of vandalism or of self-defence?
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