Letter signed by "Nedd Ludd".
Collections include the following Luddite-related material:
- Letter from 'Ned Ludd's Office' detailing framework knitters' demands to stop the production of 'fraudulent' hosiery on wide frames, 1811 [M 429] A transcript and image of the letter is available online.
- 'Recollections of a Journeyman Stockinger' (Apparently written by Joseph Moss of Lambley, an apprentice framework-knitter) includes a narrative account of trial of Thomas Savage and nine others (for the Luddite attack on Heathcote's mill at Loughborough, Leicestershire, in 1816); description of police raid on a house at Lambley for a suspected framebreaking offence and escape of suspect, William Hudson etc. [DD/1487/1]
- Lists of bills signed at Quarter Sessions, including bills offering rewards by Nottingham Corporation for information leading to the conviction of Luddites, 17 Dec 1811 [C/QF/CT/12/55]
- Includes Resolutions of meeting at County Hall, setting up a subscription for obtaining information and compensating people suffering from frame-breaking. E.S.G. to be Clerk and Treasurer, 20 Jan 1812 [C/QACP/5/4/691]
- List of Subscribers to a fund for rewarding persons causing framebreakers to be committed, 1812 [C/QF/CT/20/5]
Manuscripts and Special Collections, University of Nottingham
The correspondence of the 5th Duke of Newcastle refers to the Luddite disturbances. Newcastle was Lord Lieutenant of the county for this period and was responsible for maintaining law and order.
See the Learning Resource page on Luddism for transcripts and images of relevant documents from the Newcastle papers.
Use the online catalogue to search for further references:
The National Archives
- Home Office: Disturbances Correspondence (Home Office original correspondence, military and other reports, precis of information, impounded pamphlets and other papers relating to riots, disturbances, and political activities and writings), 1812-1855 [HO 40]
- Home Office: Disturbances Entry Books (Home Office entries of out-letters, warrants, etc. relating to riots, disturbances and political activities. Most of the volumes from April 1822 onwards contain an index), 1815-1916 [HO 41]
- Home Office: Domestic Correspondence, George III, 1782-1820 [HO 42]
- Home Office: Domestic Entry Books (contain out-letters to the Lord Chancellor, judges, local magistrates and officials, police authorities, and private persons on matters of local administration and justice), 1782-1898 [HO 43]
- Home Office: Domestic Correspondence from 1773 to 1861 (This series contains incoming Home Office domestic correspondence of the reigns of George IV (1820-1830), William IV (1830-1837) and Victoria (1837-1861 only) and includes material on disturbances and sedition), 1773-1861 [HO 44]
The National Archives online catalogue is here: