During 1832 a committee under Sadler took evidence, from the manufacturing
districts & published a terrible indictment of the factory owners.
the witnesses was one Hannah Brown of Bradford, who had started work at the age
of 9. She described conditions in a mill in Otley, where she stated she had worked for 14 hours a day - &
sometimes longer - without a break. Children, she said, had been punished who
In April 1832, a mammoth County meeting of factory operatives,
weavers & their families, was held in York & local men marched there
& back with the Leeds & Bradford contingents.
But in December,
Sadler lost the election in Leeds. A hastily convened conference at Bradford
sent the Yorkshire organiser, the Rev. George Bull, to London, to choose a new
Parliamentary leader; he selected Lord Ashley (Later Earl of Shaftsbury), who
thus began his long service to the cause of humanitarian reforms.
winter, local committees were formed in the smaller towns & villages. The
Stanningley branch was founded on Boxing Day 1832. Three weeks later, Bull
formed a Pudsey Committee under the Vicar. The rest of the area followed quickly
branches were started at Yeadon, Guiseley Calverley & Farsley during January
1883, but the foundation meeting at Otley was broken up by Ackroyd's supporters,
& the Otley branch was not formed until March.
In July, the Guiseley,
Yeadon & Otley committees were part of the Bradford "division" at a meeting
of over 100,000 workmen held on Wibsey Moor.