|Cartwright invented the
stocking frame in Doncaster. Ned Ludd or Ned Lud is the person from
whom the Luddites took their name. His actions were the inspiration for the
folkloric character of "Captain Ludd" (also known as King or
General) who became the Luddites' imagined leader and founder.
|Although no actual proof of
his existence has been found, it is believed that he came from the village of
Anstey, just outside Leicester.
|The incident that inspired
his transformation from 1700s common man to 1800s hero to the proletariat,
was when he broke two stocking frames in a fit of rage. This incident is
identified as being in 1779, rather than at the time of the Luddites in the 1810s.