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The rioters' greatest coup, however, was to come three days later when the large steam loom factory at Westhaughton was destroyed by fire following two previously unsuccessful attempts. The Westhoughton incident marked the beginning of the end of the industrial disturbances. The mill's destruction had resulted from a misjudgement on the Lancashire Luddism 45 part of the authorities. Better coordination of the forces of law and order thereafter made such attacks harder since, as in Yorkshire, the largest mills were now carefully protected and the military very much in evidence.

It also focused attention on the whole character of the role of, and the accountability of the State. Sources and further reading For sources see the sources noted in the map captions. The foundation study is still J. and B. L. Hammond, The Skilled Labourer (see edition with introduction by Rule, London, 1979). The two major and contrasting recent accounts of Luddism are E. P. Thompson, The Making Of the English Working Class (Harmondsworth, 1968) and M. I. Thomis, The Luddites (Newton Abbot, 1970).

Monday' and for working least when food was cheap. 1 Anti-machinery riots in Wiltshire and Somerset 1776-1823: spinning jennies, scribbling and carding engines and flying shuttles. The very considerable delay in introducing the spinning jenny, scribbling engine and flying shuttle into Wiltshire and Somerset reflected the very great hostility of the woollen workers to machines they believed threatened their livelihoods. At Malmesbury, however, the flying shuttle was established in 1792 without overt conflict.

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