PEOPLE can now retrace the final steps of a Huddersfield mill owner killed by Luddites.

The 200th anniversary of the killing of Marsden mill owner William Horsfall was on Sunday.

He was shot and fatally wounded as he made his way home from Huddersfield Cloth Hall and was carried to the Warren House Hotel at Crosland Moor where he died.

Horsfall, a declared enemy of the Luddites, was shot as he rode over Crosland Moor – and the scene is still marked by a street named after him.

Three Huddersfield men – George Mellor, William Thorpe and Thomas Smith – were convicted and hanged.

A new trail leaflet called William Horsfall’s Last Journey guides people along his route from the site of the Cloth Hall.

This is now occupied by Sainsbury’s on Market Street but the leaflet has a great photograph of it in its prime.

The route includes the Spring Grove Steps in Springwood where there is a panoramic vantage point giving a wide view across the Colne Valley to Crosland Moor.

Horsfall’s route home was along the Huddersfield Austerlands Turnpike, which we now know as Blackmoorfoot Road.

The leaflet explains the landmark buildings – especially those involving the Luddites – including the site of John Wood’s cropping shop where George Mellor and other leading Luddite figures worked.

After the spot where Horsfall was murdered, which is now William Horsfall Street, the route descends to Milnsbridge House, then the home of Joseph Radcliffe the local magistrate who brought the Luddites to court and, ultimately, to their deaths.

The leaflet has been prepared by Huddersfield Local History Society in collaboration with Huddersfield University history students.

It is free and available from Huddersfield Library and other local outlets or can be downloaded from the Society’s website,

Also now available is a new edition of Liberty or Death: Radicals, Republicans and Luddites, 1793-1823, by Huddersfield historians Alan Brooke and Lesley Kipling.

This tells the story of the local Luddite events of 1812-13 in much greater detail, setting these firmly in a longer tradition of British social and political radicalism in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and has been fully revised since first published 20 years ago.

The authors will be signing copies in Waterstones’ New St branch from 2pm this Saturday in period costume and with Luddite memorabilia to hand.

Published at £8, Liberty or Death can be found in bookshops, via the Society’s website or by post from HLHS, 24 Sunnybank Road, Huddersfield HD3 3DE, with a cheque for £9.95.

A generous grant from the Lipman-Miliband Trust has supported publication of both the book and trail leaflet.

The trust provides grants for cultural and educational activities relating to social issues.