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The 9th of October 1779 saw the first `Luddite riots`. Little detail is known about the first Luddite Attack in 1779, indeed it is arguable that the movement did not truly begin until 1811 But the Luddite movement would not have taken its name, and perhaps never have been inspired to develop as it did, without the events of 1779 in Anstey, Leicestershire. Here it was that according to myth an apprentice stocking maker, either angered by the threat to his livelihood according to one version, or annoyed at his father giving him a beating per another, broke some stocking frames with a hammer. Read more