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

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

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The recalcitrant hosiers held out, which, given the level of troops now stationed in the region and the other protective measures adopted, was hardly surprising. The framework knitters had thus been unable to enforce the general agreement. Indeed, Felkin states that the rate of wages fell back. The failure to secure their aims by coercion saw the framework knitters turn their attention to Parliament in an attempt to acquire legislation to regulate the abuses in the trade. Back in late November, the knitters had appealed to the hosiers for 'advice, aid, direction and support' on a similar approach to Parliament but the opening of negotiations in early December seems to have ended this initiative.

I' • Sneinton Lenton L J New-Radford • Beeston Chilwell· • Ruddington River Trent • Attacks on or destruction of machinery, workshops, mills etc. o Attacks on homes and persons * Robberies o I Number of protests miles 5 ~1015 15 I Shepsted· 60 o Frames broken: higher estimate I Frames broken: lower estimate 40 November December January February 60 40 March Luddism in the Midlands 37 cases, the authorities acted quickly to suppress disturbances and check the spread. It also became clear that, while the frame breakers retained the support of their communities, frame breaking was a tactic that the majority of workers would no longer pursue.

In Nottinghamshire, Luddism was centred upon the hosiery industry where framework knitters, who worked in their own homes or in small shops upon rented frames, protested against wage cuts, the employment of 'illegal' apprentices and above all against wide frames and 'cut ups' . Whereas 'full wrought hose' was produced in the form of a tube on frames or stocking looms, some merchant hosiers recognised the advantage of producing stockings from widths of knitted cloth, woven, as was other cloth, as a sheet and then cut and sewn to shape.

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