Luddites by Professor John Beckett


Poster produced in Nottingham in 1811 appealing for informants.
Poster produced by Nottingham Corporation in 1811 appealing for informants.



Writings of the Luddites edited by Kevin Binfield (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004) includes the following documents:

Transcripts of these items can be found on his Luddites and Luddism website.

The Luddite Bicentenary Blog 1811-1813 provides information and transcripts of key documents on a day-by-day basis.

There are two letters about the Luddite riots from Henry, 6th Baron Middleton and the 4th Duke of Newcastle transcribed and printed in K S S Train ed, A second miscellany of Nottinghamshire records, Thoroton Society Record Series, vol XIV (1951), 22-24.


Darvall, F. O. The Luddite Disturbances and the Machinery of Order. Ph.D., London, 1932/1933.
Darvall, F. O. Popular Disturbances and Public Order in Regency England: Being an Account of the Luddite and Other Disorders in England During the Years 1811-1817 and of the Attitude and Activity of the Authorities. Oxford Univ. Pr., 1934. Repr., with a new introd. by A. Macintyre, 1969. Nt, 23-48 and passim.
Felkin, W. A history of the machine-wrought hosiery and lace manufactures (1867). Chapter XIV covers ‘Luddism’ – a digitised copy is available online.
Foster, P. 'The Spread of Luddism in Nottingham and its Surrounding Villages', Nottinghamshire Historian, no. 42 (1989), 18-22, and outside front cover, ill.
Griffin, A. R.  'The End of the Luddites', Notts Free Press (22 Aug 1969), 13.
Griffin, A. R. 'The Luddite Disturbances', Notts Free Press (8 Aug 1969), 12, ill.
Randall, A. and Charlesworth, A., 'Luddism in the Midlands', in Charlesworth, A. and others, An Atlas of Industrial Protest in Britain, 1750-1990 (Basingstoke, Macmillan Pr., 1996), 34-38, ill., bibl.
Russell, J. 'The Luddites', Transactions of the Thoroton Society, 10 (1906), [53]-62, ill.
Thomis, M. I. 'Gravener Henson: The Man and the Myth',Transactions of the Thoroton Society, 75 (1971), [91]-97.
Thomis, M. I. Old Nottingham, Newton Abbot, David and Charles, (1969). 'The Nottingham Luddites — a subject for mythology, 157-172.
Thomis, M. I. Politics and Society in Nottingham (1969)
Thomis, M. I., ed.  Luddism in Nottinghamshire (Thoroton Society Record Series, 26). Chichester, Phillimore, 1972.  86 p., ill.
Thomis, M. I. The Luddites: Machine-breaking in Regency England (Library of Textile History).  Newton Abbot, David & Charles, 1970.  196 p., ill., bibl.  Nt, passim.
Thompson, E. P. The Making of the English Working Class.  Repr. with revisions and postcript.  Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1968. Bibl. 'The Sherwood Lads', 604-628. 1st ed., 1963.
Weir, C. 'The Nottinghamshire Luddites: "Men meagre with famine, sullen with despair"', Local Historian, 28 1998.