A Wily Yorkshire Miller

In the days before modern policing, people had to make do. This miller served up his own justice and probably taught the thieves a lesson about messing with him. This is from a letter in The Kentish Gazette of May 1771

Letter from York A few nights ago a gang of 9 thieves beset the mill called Watson’s Mill near Ripponden in that county, 3 or 4 of them got upon the mill wheel, and so through a hole into the mill; but the miller, being apprized of their design, was all the time watching their motions; for when they had supplied themselves with a quantity of flour, and got upon the mill wheel in their return, he immediately set the mill agoing, whereby as many as were on the wheel were thrown into the river, but after being well duck’d, they all fond means to crawl out and make their escape.



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