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Helliker [Hilliker], Thomas [called the Trowbridge Martyr] (1783–1803), woollen-cloth worker and machine breaker, was the sixth child of Thomas Hilliker (1745–1819) and Elizabeth Ebsworth (1749–1831); he was born at Horningsham, Wiltshire, and baptized there on 17 May 1783. Like his elder brothers ...

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Penlez, Bosavern (1726–1749), wigmaker and convicted rioter, was born near Exeter. His father was a native of Jersey, and was purportedly educated at Oxford University, although details of his time there have not been found. After Oxford, Penlez's father took holy orders and secured a small preferment near ...

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Towle, James (1780–1816), stocking knitter and machine breaker, was a native of Basford, Nottingham. Almost nothing is known about his private life except that he had a wife and four children. Luddism—attacking machines in the name of ‘King Ludd’—had broken out in the cloth-finishing trade of the ...