The word “luddite” is now in popular use referring to someone who rejects any advances in modern technology. But who were the Luddites? You can find out now by walking the Luddite Trail following the footsteps of some 150 men, many carrying weapons of varying kinds, who on the night of 11th April 1812 marched across Hartshead Common to attack a woollen mill in Liversedge.
The trail comprises two parts each five miles in length, and has been devised by Ramblers’ members Chris and Paul Horbury together with the Spen Valley Civic Society in an attempt to help everyone understand the reasons why the march took place and its outcome. The trail passes through rural and urban areas in the Spen Valley, exploring old tracks and passing many locations of historic interest. Two detailed guides have been produced which are freely available.
Part One of the trail starts at the uniquely named Three Nuns pub on the A62 near Mirfield. The trail guide tells how it got its name and the association with a former nunnery nearby where Robin Hood was reputed to have died and whose grave is 700 yards north-west of the pub. As the trail progresses it passes St Peter’s Church, Hartshead, where the Rev Patrick Bronte was vicar in 1812. He subsequently became the father of the famous Bronte sisters after moving from the district. The trail then turns towards the village of Roberttown, where The Star inn is located. It was to The Star that two mortally wounded Luddites were taken following the abortive raid on the night of 11th April. Then following field paths the trail returns to its start.Read full story here