An Atlas of Industrial Protest in Britain 1750-1990 by by Andrew Charlesworth, David Gilbert, Adrian Randall, Humphrey

By Andrew Charlesworth, David Gilbert, Adrian Randall, Humphrey Southall, Chris Wrigley (auth.)

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They were assured that, although no immediate action could be taken, their demands were receiving urgent consideration. On this, the sailors retired, apparently satisfied. Other actions by the sailors in between the two mass parades took a more unruly form. One morning at 4arn, the sailors, acting in concert with striking coal heavers, had landed at Millbank and Westminster and forced all labourers they encountered to leave work, touring the wharfs and alehouses. All carts carrying flour, wood and coals were detained and West Country barges were The London sailors' strike of 1768 15 St.

Indeed, just as frame breaking recommenced and spread out from its original heartland, Derbyshire hosiers did make concessions to their men as did hosiers in a region from Nottingham westward to the NottinghamshireDerbyshire border. Significantly, frame breaking now took place for the first time in Nottingham itself. The number of frames broken at anyone time in the town was small but, given the level of surveillance there, these acts could be seen as both daring and as a pointed reminder to the hosiers that Luddism could take place at the very centre of the trade.

On 27 September in the townships between Bolton and Wigan, a series of attacks began against spinning, roving and carding machines. Over the next few weeks such attacks swept across the whole of central and south eastern Lancashire. By 2 October the disturbances had spread to the Bolton area proper and 2,000 had marched on to Arkwright's mill at Birkacre. The first attack was repulsed but the workers went round the district beating the drum and collecting firearms and ammunition. In a second attack, colliers and others joined the textile workers.

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