Mill owner threatened with blunderbuss

Leeds Intelligencer
Thursday 13 November 1828

DARING HIGHWAY ROBBERY

About half-past seven o’clock, on the evening of yesterday week, as Mr Joseph Rhodes, of Silcoates [the owner of Silcoates Woollen Mill], was returning home from Wakefield, he was attacked by three men, one of them armed with a blunderbuss, about half-way between Snow Hill bar and Potovens. They demanded his money and watch, the armed men exclaiming, that it was useless making any resistance or calling for aid: if he did, “they would blow him to pieces.” He fortunately had no money on his person, but he gave them some memorandums, of no use to any one, with which they decamped in a direction towards Wakefield, and have not since been heard of.