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Yorkshire Hussars and 1842

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Just bookmarking Henry Stook Smith, An Alphabetical List of the Officers of the Yorkshire Hussars:

visit of Queen Victoria to Worsley 1851

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Just bookmarking this page from the Illustrated London News, for reference.


Royal Jubilee, 1809

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Another bookmarking post for further research in this Jubilee Year.

I've already commented on the role of the Orange lodges and societies in my book Loyalism and Radicalism in Lancashire, 1798-1815. Other essential reading is Malcolm Chase's article, 'From Millennium to Anniversary', on the radical interpretations of Jubilee, Past and Present, 129 (1990).

An Account of the Celebrations of the Jubilee on the 25th October, 1809: 

Parliamentary papers, vol 51, 1837, on friendly societies

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Just bookmarking this parliamentary paper on friendly societies 1837 for future mapping:


William Horsfall's last journey, 28 April 1812

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This last weekend, Huddersfield commemorated the Luddites. Details about my public lecture at the Town Hall and the conference at the university will be up soon, and more information is on the Luddite Link website.

On Sunday Cyril and David from the very active local history society took us on a walk retracing the steps of the manufacturer William Horsfall, who was shot by Luddites on Crosland Moor on his way home from Huddersfield on 28 April 1812. Read the trial of the Luddites on google books.

We started at the site of the old cloth hall, demolished in 1936 and now the site of a Sainsbury's. We then walked to Spring Grove School to take in the view across the Colne Valley towards Crosland Moor.



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Descending the steep stone steps we got onto the Manchester Road, and to Longroyd Bridge, by the then-newly completed Huddersfield narrow canal. Alongside the canal were John Wood's cropping shop where George Mellor and other Luddite suspects worked.

We then climbed Bl…