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Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 06 April 1809
TEN GUINEAS REWARD. STOLEN, from the parish of Ditcheat, near Shepton-Mallet, in the county of Somerfet, on Sunday night, the 26th March, 1809. A light CHESNUT-Coloured MARE, rifing 3 years old, about 14½ hands high; has rather large ftreak of white her face; thick mane ; tail cut, but not nicked; light-coloured heels and on the front of her off leg before, between the knee and poftern-joint, the hair very unevenly grown, in confequence a flight accident when a colt , when ftolen, was rather indifferently fhod, with the letter E. impreffed on the of the fhoe, near the heel. Whoever fhiall difcover the offender or offenders, fo that they may be convicted thereof, fhall be entitled to the above reward, application to Mr. W. Hale, (the proprietor,) of Ditcheat aforefaid.— Dated March, 1809
Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 03 June 1824
Bath Hospital. Patients that have been discharged, cured, or relieved at the said Hospital, in the course of the last month: William Brown, East Pennard, Somerset, pain and weakness of his back and lower limbs from rheumatism cured.
Sherborne Mercury - Monday 03 May 1830
DITCHEAT near CASTLE-CARY, SOMERSET. TO BE SOLD, IN FEE BY CONTRACT, With possession, A Convenient DWELLING-HOUSE, Stables, and other Outbuildings, called BOURDON, or BROOK HOUSE, all in excellent repair, with the Garden and Orchard adjoining the same, containing estimation 1 acre, be the same more less, together with a Close of Meadow, containing by estimation 2 acres, be the same more less. The Premises are situate in the parish of Ditcheat, about one mile from the town Castle-Cary, Somerset, and which a retail coal trade has been carried on for some years past. To treat for the same apply Mr. CHILCOTT, Crowcombe, near Taunton, Surveyor. All letters must be post paid. Dated 20th April 1830
Dorset County Chronicle - Thursday 23 November 1837
Pennard House has this week been enlivened with true old English hospitality. Sir John and Lady Paul entertained a large family party to celebrate her Ladyship’s son’s. Mr. Berkley. Napier’s, arrival at majority. The morning was ushered in by merry peal of bells, guns firing, and other signs of village rejoicing. At two o'clock the whole of the poor of he parish of East Pennard, to the number 400, sat down to good substantial meal of roast beef and plum-pudding, washed down by copious libations of ale, brewed at the birth of the young squire. After their dinner, the day being remarkably fine, the young men engaged in all sorts of old gymnastic sports, whilst the fiddlers called others to join in the merry dance. At five, a large party of the connections of the family partook of an excellent dinner, and the evening concluded with a ball and supper, given to the tenantry and servants, in which the whole company joined, and concluded evening dedicated to true old English hospitality in a manner that will long be remembered in that neighbourhood in testimony of the regard felt by the tenants. No fewer than twelve fires blazed through most of the eminences which surround the house.
Mercury - Monday 16 July 1838
Notice is hereby given, that a PUBLIC MEETING of the Proprietors of Land in the Common, Arable, and Pasture Fields in the parish Ditcheat, and county Somerset, will be holden at the Bell Inn, the same parish, on Monday, 30th July, to take into consideration the expediency of an lnclosure of the aforesaid Lands, under an Act passed in the 6th and 7th of William 4th, and intituled "An Act for facilitating the inclosure of open and arable fields England and Wales."
Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard - Saturday 30 May 1840
Effects of the late Thunder Storm.—On Saturday last, in a field at Little Pennard, in the parish of East Pennard, the property of Mr. E. P. Napier, and situate near the cross-road leading to Shepton Mallett, an oak tree, of two feet or more diameter, and considerable height, having a large shroud to it, was literally smashed to pieces by the electric fluid. Pieces of perhaps one cwt. or more were carried across the road opposite, and a considerable distance into the field.
Dorset County Chronicle - Thursday 20 August 1840
Elisha Maidment, 19. and James Cook, 20, were indicted for breaking in the dwelling-house of Wil'iam Strickland, of East Pennard, on the ’7th March, and stealing bacon. Mr. Hobhouse prosecuted the prisoners were undefended. Foot-marks were found outside the prosecutor’s house corresponding with the boots worn by the prisoners, and the bacon was found concealed in an outhouse. The prisoners were both found guilty and sentenced Maidment (formerly convicted) to be transported for ten years, and Cook be imprisoned for nine months
Dorset County Chronicle - Thursday 20 August 1840
SOMERSET ASSIZE Before Mr Justice Coleridge. Peter Arnold, 40, Edward Wall, 37, and Charles Darner, 36, were charged with burglary in the house of Robert Way, on the 27th May. and stealing various articles therefrom, his property.
It appeared from the evidence that the house was properly secured on the night previous by the prosecutor’s wife, who retired to rest at ten o’clock. The next morning, on coming down stairs, she found that the dairy window had been forced open, and an aperture formed thereby sufficiently large to admit the body of man. After an entrance had thus been effected, (the party entering had gone to the back door, which was easily unbolted). On searching the house, Mrs. Way missed the several articles named in the indictment, and described the house as being in great confusion. The case against Arnold was that in his house a shawl was found, together with other articles, secreted near the thatch; some of these articles were similar to those stolen from the prosecutor. Part of the property was found wrapped up in piece of paper, which was recognised by Mrs. Way from mark in writing which was upon it. A voluntary examination of Arnold before the magistrates was then put in, in which be stated that Barnes and Wall robbed the house whilst he kept watch outside. The evidence against Barnes considered a declaration made by him to man, named Clothier, to the effect that he, Arnold, and Wall, broke into Way’s house at Ditcheat, and also added that they broke two other houses open. A fork was found in Barnes's possession very much resembling those stolen from the house in question, but his Lordship advised the jury not to pay much attention that fact, the fork was one of a very common description. Clothier also spoke to a declaration made by Wall, on the 25th of July, when he stated that he never should have broken open the three houses at Ditcheat had it not been for Charles Barnes. Several of the stolen articles were also found in his possession.
The learned Judge summed up with great clearness, when the Jury immediately found the prisoners guilty.
A previous conviction was proved against Arnold, who was imprisoned for 12 months in Shepton Mallet house of correction, in 1822.
Barnes was convicted on previous indictment during the present assizes. ,
James Groves, who was convicted on a former part of the day of receiving goods, was placed at bar, to receive judgment, together with the above three men.
His lordship addressed them us follows :—“ Charles Barnes, you have been convicted twice of the crime of burglary, you Groves have been found guilty receiving goods knowing them to be stolen, and you Arnold and Wall have now to receive sentence also for the crime of burglary. Against you three who have been found guilty of the crime of burglary there are other charges, and enough appears to be proved against you even out of your own mouths, to make it by no means uncharitable in me to suppose that you would have been found guilty of all those offences had your trials taken place; which, however, now rendered unnecessary. You have been proved twice to have committed offences of a most serious character, namely, that of breaking into dwelling-house at night time, and commuting violence therein. But short time ago, that offence was a capital crime, and many are the persons who have passed perhaps from that very bar where you are now standing back to their prison, never removed from thence but to the gallows. However, the law is now altered, but still provides that where the offence accompanied by violence, it should be considered capital. It is very fortunate that no acts of violence were proved against you. Your lives are spared. But let me tell you that whilst the legislature has taken off the capital punishment for offences of this description, it still leaves in the power of the Judge to impose the next serious punishment; and when I find persons like you making, as it were, a trade of breaking into the houses of their neighbours, I feel that I should not be doing my duty were I not to pass upon you that sentence which I consider to be nearly as severe as the taking away of life, viz., transportation for life. All those days, therefore, which you are allowed to remain in this world you must pass in another and distant country ; and you may depend upon it that the lives you will pass there will endurable to you or not just as you determine to act with honesty spirit and integrity heart. The sentence, therefore, upon you Charles Barnes, upon you Edward Wall, and upon you Peter Arnold, is that you be severally transported beyond the seas to such place as Her Majesty by the advice of her Privy Council shall direct, for the term of your natural lives. Lordship then sentenced Groves to transported tor ten years.
Dorset County Chronicle - Thursday 20 August 1840
SOMERSETSHIRE. The house of Richard Leir, Esq., of Ditcheat, Somerset, was a short time since burglariously entered, and a silver plate, watch, other articles the value of £30 and upwards stolen therefrom. On the 7th inst. police-constables, Buck and Somers, succeeded in apprehending one of the burglars at Shepton Mallet, and the other at Ditcheat, and found nearly the whole of the stolen property on them. The two prisoners were fully committed for trial at the ensuing Assizes.
Sherborne Mercury - Saturday 30 December 1848
Highway Robbery.—On Friday evening, Wm. Whitty. the East Pennard postman, was returning to Shepton Mallet on the road leading from Pilton to Pylle, he was attacked two men, one of whom held his throat while the other rifled his pockets of half-a-crown in silver, and some coppers, fortunately leaving a larger sum on his person undiscovered, and threw him into a horse pond,
Sherborne Mercury - Tuesday 09 October 1855
OPENING OF THE CASTLE CARY MARKET. The opening of the New Market House Castle Cary took place on Tuesday last, under very favourable auspices. The day, although rain was threatened in the morning, proved to be fine one; and the town, as might have been expected, was all bustle and animation. The new building is situated in the centre of the town, and is great improvement to its appearance. It is handsome structure, in the style of the fourteenth century, and. which perhaps still more to' the purpose, it will afford very convenient accommodation tor persons bringing produce for sale to the market. On the ground floor is a large open space, to be used for a corn, cheese, and general market, with butchers’ stalls behind; and over this a large room has been provided for the storage of corn and cheese. Accommodation has also been made for the literary requirements of the town. Adjoining the store room is reading room, and in connection with it, arrangement has been made which deserves imitation in other places. On market days persons will be admitted, on payment of penny, to an inspection of the papers and periodicals—an advantage which, we have no doubt will be largely appreciated, and which we hope will prove not only beneficial to those who attend the market, but remunerative to the institution which has shown so excellent an example. On the upper floor there is a spacious and handsome assembly room. 52feet in length 22 ft. in width, with a raised platform in the back part, affording every convenience for the delivery of lectures, and the holding of public meetings. The architect is Mr. Penrose. of London, who has displayed considerable taste in the erection; and who has happily met. in Mr. Davis, the builder, a gentleman most competent to carry out his plans with success. A little work still remains to be done before the building will be completed but under the supervision of Mr. Davis it is progressing satisfactorily, and will soon be finished.
The market itself afforded excellent promise of the future. The day happened to be that of the Bridgwater and Little Elm fairs, and no doubt many dealers, and a considerable quantity of stock were thereby kept away. But notwithstanding this, the supply, if not large, was favourable, and perhaps greater than, under the circumstances, could have been expected. The general price of beef was 10s. 6d. to 11s. per score. Heifers and calves brought £13 to £14 a piece. There was fair quantity of cheese, and prices were 58s to 72s. per cwt. The best lot shown was that of Mr. Kingston, of Hornblotton, who disposed of the whole produce of his dairy, at, we understood, 72s per cwt. In the corn market wheat fetched 10s., and the best samples 10s. 3d. a bushel; new barley sold at 37s. to 38s; oats, 28s.; beans, 26s to 28s. Quarter.
was fixed to take place at two o'clock in the New Assembly Room, which was suitably decorated for the occasion, and which soon became filled to overflowing It was necessary to place tables on the platform, and accommodate as many as possible of the visitors there. Mr. Harrold, of the George, and Mr. Andrews, of the Britannia, were the caterers, the dinner being partly supplied each; and it is needless to say how well they did the duty devolving on them. Those who know Mr. Harrold will not need to be informed that both the provision and arrangements on his part were all that they should be, and the friends of Mr. Andrews will entertain as little doubt of his successful catering. The Chair was taken by Theodore Thring, Esq., and Capt Phelps, and T. Matthews, Esq., officiated as Vice-Chairmen. Among the company were the Rev. R. J. Mead. Rev. F. Grey, Rev. H. Daw, H. Shute. Esq.,C. C. Wallace, Esq.. W. Matthews, Esq , G. A. Woodward, Esq.. D. H. Ashford, Esq.. &0., &c. with large number of the principal agriculturists of the neighbourhood, and tradesmen of the town, A letter had been received in the morning, the secretary, from James Bennett, Esq.. of Cadbury House, containing his very best wishes for the success of the market, and expressing regret that illness alone, at the last moment. prevented his attendance.
The Chairman said that in every meeting of Englishmen, the first toast was "the Queen." We had long learned how to respect her in time of peace ; and now had seen her noble bearing towards her people in time of war. (Cheers ) She had seen her gallant armies forth with ;a monarch's pride and those who returned home would know with what grace she could bestow the honour due to them. She had not forgotten in the din of arms the claims of pity and tenderness, but had woman's sympathy for the wounded—a woman's tears for the fallen. (Loud cheers.)
The Chairman then proposed the health of Prince Albert, the Prince of Wales, and the rest of the royal family which wag warmly responded to.
The Chairman said the next toast was " The army and Navy.'' In times of peace we were often too apt to decry the profession of arms; but, when danger was at hand we all clung to the name and the aid the British soldiers and sailors. In former times many had said that England had degenerated since the days of the Peninsula -that commerce and agriculture had damped the military spirit of the people, and luxury and education quenched the warlike fire of the soldier. To craven spirits and croaking men such as these, the Crimea had sent forth a noble reply. (Cheers). Never was a firmer front shown to the enemy, or military courage displayed amid theendurance of greater hardships. Those men, who passing through the desponding days of disease and death had withstood under canvas, thinly clothed and hardly worked, the fearful storms of Crimean winter, toiling day to day in narrow crowded trenches, with the stifling stencil and deep mud on the one hand, and the rustling bullet and bursting shell on the other, and without share in the dread onset of the fight or the glory of victory—those men might surely be said to have shown courage as great, and devotion as true as England ever saw in her sons, or a grateful country loved to honour and reward. (Loud cheers.) Had a christian spirit and christian education ruined the training of men such as these? Had it not rather given a keener edge to their courage—a finer tone to their loyalty? The letters of the private soldiers that came home —those simple, earnest and truthful annals of the camp—(a strong contrast to what was known in former times,) would live with the names of Alma. Balaklava and Inkerraan. and would tell in future times how the British soldier 1855 did his duty —how he learned to fight, to suffer and die for the honour of old England. (Loud cheers ) But whilst he dwelt on the deeds of the soldier, he must not forget our ever watchful guardians, the sailors. no wish of theirs had the Russian ships slunk under the walls of their fortresses. By no interfering of theirs the enemy sunk their ships in the harbour of Sebastopol. Had they come out. We should have seen a large portion of them at Brest and Spithead. (Much cheering) But had the navy done nothing in the present war ? Not a boom of the enemy’s gun had been heard on the high seas; much less on the shores of England. The sea defences of Odessa had been demolished ; Fort Constantine attacked, and the arsenals Sweaborg destroyed; and why should we attach less honour to this last gallant deed, because science and skill had taught our men to deal a great blow on the enemy, without entailing a corresponding loss on the allied fleets? (Cheers) He must not talk too long of the war. though he was quite sure that the hearts of all went along with him. They had met for a peaceable object, yet he might say that in the present war, the surest foundation was laid for future peace. France and England had blended their interest in one common cause - England winning the greater glory perhaps Alma and Inkerman, and France the Mamelon and Malakhoff Those ancient rivals had quenched their former animosities in one battle field, and one united shout of victory. (Cheers). Their friendship was not the mere alliance of courts and diplomatists; but it was the heartfelt respect and regard which nation gave to nation. (Loud cheers.) He was sorry that there was no Crimean officer present to return thanks for the array ; but on the part of the navy there was one who had seen service in every part of the world —his friend, Capt.Phelps—(Cheers)—and who he believed might return thanks for the army too,. having served in former wars. For the sake of the navy, he (the Chairman,) regretted that Capt. Phelps was not in the Black Sea—having been sent home invalided—to reap the honours he would there have won; but for the sake of the meeting, he rejoiced because they had him here as a specimen of what good stuff sailors were made of. (Cheers.) He could tell them what the sailors had done, and what they were ever ready to do when England called for their services. (Loud cheers.)
Capt. Phelps. in returning thanks for the branch of the service to which he belonged, said he had a great deal rather be where his comrades were. (Cheers.) He fought at Odessa, and was glad that he was there; and although he was now here returning thanks, he might shortly. if it was the will of her Majesty. be carrying on the British flag with honour. (Loud cheers.)
The Chairman then proposed “The health of the Bishop and clergy of the diocese." He congratulated the county of Somerset on having at last a real bishop among them — a working man, and a very kind hearted one. He was glad to have such man in the county, and he was also glad to see so many of his friends of the clergy present to support him. It showed that they considered their own interests and those of their parishioners identical. He should couple with the toast the name of Mr. Mead as vicar the parish. When a stranger came into the town and saw the beautiful parish church, which was at once the admiration of the neighbourhood, and ornament of the town, he might naturally ask whom they had to thank for its restoration The answer was Mr. Mead. (Cheers.) had also done a great deal for the town, and they well knew with what success he had watched over and promoted its interests. (Cheers.)
The Rev.R J. Mead said he could not but perceive in the compliment that had been paid to the Bishop and Clergy, the respect which was borne to the office which, under God's Providence, they held; and he also accepted it is an acknowledgement that the clergy were most deeply and truly interested in the prosperity of the country. He congratulated the agricultural interest of the neighbourhood on having premises provided where they might conveniently transact their business; and his fellow townsmen on having a building which greatly contributed to ornament the town, and would he hoped also contribute to its prosperity. (Cheers) The rev gentleman then proposed the health of Mr. Hobhouse. of Hadspen. the Chairman of the Directors of the Market Company, and of the Directors in general.
The Chairman, in returning thanks on behalf of the Board, expressed his regret that Mr. Hobhouse was not present to preside; but they all knew the cause of big absence, and sympathised with him in his sorrow. In the progress of the undertaking, his business-like habits, constant attention and general courtesy had greatly contributed to its success. On behalf of the directors, he might say that during the time they worked together, they had been most united board. He did not mean a unanimous board—(a laugh) —because it would be contrary almost to human nature —certainly to English nature, if everyone agreed on the same subjects: but on the occasions when there had been difference of opinion. the minority had always deferred to the wishes and vote? of the majority, and had given their best energies, with the same cordial good will to carry out those measures which were carried against them, as if they had been the measures that they had most at heart. He was asked not very long ago, but he was bound to say that it was not by an inhabitant of that town or resident of that neighbourhood, why they had built a new market-house at Castle Cary, and founded a new market? His reply was very easy. He said that they were not, like many gentlemen in other towns, building a market house to fish for amarket—that they did not aspire to lead public of pinion. but were merely following in its wake. The farmers and dealers of the neighbourhood had already made that town the centre of one of the best cattle markets in the district; and they were only providing accommodation for the increased requirements of the market in erecting a new building. That market was no creature of interest. It was not propped by the land owners, or petted by the towns people. or nursed merely by the farmers of the adjacent country. For many years the Castle Cary market had dwindled away, and become almost nonentity ; but the farmers and dealer
Wells Journal - Saturday 21 February 1857
A new clock has just been completed and erected within the new Market House, constructed by Mr. E. Tucker, church clock maker, of Theobald's Road, London. This piece of mechanism comprises all the most recent improvements in public horology. The dials are 3 ft. 6in. diameter externally, of which there are four, the same machinery conveying time as recorded upon a smaller internal dial, placed in a most conspicuous position within the body of the hall itself. The great wheels are made of brass, and are 10 in. in diameter, and strike upon bell within the turret. The encasement or time keeping department is the pin wheel principle, 1½ seconds beat. The clock is fixed forty feet from the dials, and is connected by means of rod work therewith. This clock, which is very superior piece of workmanship, has been erected by public subscription of the inhabitants, the whole amount having been collected Miss Donne, of this town.
Dorset County Chronicle - Thursday 12 November 1857
SOMERSET YEOMANRY CAVALRY
Monday, the 2nd inst.. Captain E. B.
Napier, of East Pennard, gave a dinner to his troop at
George Inn. Castle
Cary. Mine host, Mr. Harrold,
provided abundance of excellent viands, and the wines were of
first-rate description. Capt. E. B.
Napier occupied the chair, supported Captain Napier, of the Royal
Navy, and Captain Haviland. Grace having been said, the sturdy
yeomen did ample justice to
very excellent dinner. Thanks having been returned and the cloth
removed, the Chairman gave “The Queen,” and the usual loyal
toasts, which were drunk with loud and prolonged cheers. He then
gave “The Army and Navy,” prefacing the toast with some
judicious remarks on the outbreak in India.—Captain Haviland
returned thanks for the Army, and Captain Napier, H.N., for the
Navy. —Captain Haviland then rose propose the health of Captain
Napier with all honours.—Captain Napier responded most
the troop that he
really felt the high honour of being
the Captain of the Troop, and never missed the opportunity of
meeting them, either at the festive board or
in the field. —The Chairman then proposed the health of Colonel
Miles, whose efficiency magistrate, officer, and the promoter of
agricultural meetings was well known to them all.—Captain Napier
then, in complimentary speech, proposed the health ’* Our
welcome guest. Captain Haviland,”
who briefly responded.— Captain then proposed the health of “The
the toast the name of Mrs. Napier. —Sergeant Field then proposed
the health of the son and
heir the Chairman, whom he
at some future period
in the troop. —Captain Napier feelingly responded to the toast.
—Many very appropriate toasts, with
songs, harmoniously sung,
terminated a day that will long live in the memory of
Yeomen of the Wincanton Troop.
Shepton Mallet Journal - Friday 18 June 1858
Results of Drunkenness. —On the evening of Thursday, last week,
labourer, named Charles Boyce, living with his parents in this
village, died rather suddenly. It appears that the unfortunate
deceased was in the habit of getting intoxicated very often, and
that on the evening of his death he came home much the worse for
liquor. After eating his supper, his mother perceived an
alteration in his countenance which rather alarmed her, and she
immediately called her husband, who was gone to bed, but he bad
not been down long before their son expired. At the inquest held
on the body, on Saturday last, a verdict of “Died from excessive
drinking,” was returned. This is the second death we have had to
record, as having taken place in our district, from this same
cause, within the short period of three weeks. Surely they ought
to act as warning to all who unhappily indulge in the degrading
and baneful of drinking to excess.
Shepton Mallet Journal - Friday 02 July 1858
Inquest. —On Thursday, June 24th, an inquest was held at the
Manor House Inn, in this village, on the body of Mary Chinnock,
wife of George Chinnock, labourer, who died on the previous day.
It appears that the deceased was delivered of a still-born child
on the day of her death, and the midwife who attended her. seeing
that she was in a dangerous state, requested her husband to fetch
Mr. Miller, the parish doctor. He accordingly went to Castle Cary,
where that gentleman resides, and having stated the circumstances
to him, requested him to come and see his wife immediately. Mr.
Miller, however, refused to attend the poor woman without a note
from the relieving officer, (who lives at Evercreech, five miles
from the doctor's residence,) and, finding that he would not
attend without the note, Chinnock offered to pay him out of his
own pocket, but he refused go. The husband afterwards went to Dr.
Smith, of Evercreech, and asked him to come and see his wife. That
gentleman immediately started off to the poor woman, without
requiring relieving officer’s note, but it was too late to be of
any avail. It is the general opinion here that had medical man
attended when first called on to do so, in all probability the
woman’s life would have been saved. Dr. Smith was not examined
before the coroner, and the jury consequently returned a verdict
of “Died from natural causes."
Morning Chronicle - Wednesday 26 January 1859
DESPERATE POACHING AFFRAY IN SOMERSETSHIRE.
A serious encounter with armed night poachers took place on Saturday last, in Pilton-wood, situate between Shepton Mallet and Glastonbury, one of the Somersetshire estates belonging to the Right Hon. Lord Portman, in which two young men, named Miell, sons of a farmer at Pilton, were fired at, and more or less injured.
The preserves of Lord Portman, it appears, extend from the parish of Pylle. some distance into the adjoining parish of Pilton, the gamekeeper, a man named Stickland, residing in Pylle. Mr. Miell, who preserves the game for the owner of an adjoining estate, had a mutual understanding with his lordship's gamekeeper that they were to protect the game for each other when necessary. About two o'clock on Saturday morning, Mr. George Miell, jun., heard the report of several guns in Lord Portman's wood, and very near to his father's residence. He immediately told his father of it, and Mr. Miell at once got up, and, accompanied by his sons (Mr. George Miell and Mr. Albert Miell) proceeded to the wood. On arriving there Mr. George Miell went towards the upper side, leaving his younger brother and a boy, who came with them, watching from another point, while Mr. Miell went to the lower part of the wood. In a few minutes George Miell came upon the track of the poachers, three in number, who were going in the direction of the spot where his brother and the boy stood. He quickened his pace, and soon reached the place where he had left his brother Albert, and then turned round and confronted the poachers, who were armed with guns and bludgeons, and in the act of coming out of the wood. At this time the brothers Miell were about six or seven yards from the poachers, George standing a little in front of his brother Albert, and on seeing one of the poachers level his gun at them, the former (George Miell) sprang a little on one side just as it was fired; the consequence was, that his younger brother received nearly the whole of the charge in his left side. At the same time George Miell, who carried his left arm in a sling, through injuries received by the bursting of a gun some days before, was also wounded in the elbow. The poacher who fired the gun, was identified by Mr. Miell, as a labourer residing in the village of Pilton, named George Hill; but as soon as he noticed the effect of the charge, he jumped over a gate and ran away. Mr. George Miell then rushed at the other two, one of whom levelled his piece, and swore with an oath he would "drill a hole in him" if he did not stand off. But young Miell, nothing daunted, went boldly at his antagonist, pushed the poacher's gun aside, and pulled the trigger. but the gun did not go off. The poacher then managed to get hold of the gun, and gave Miell a violent blow with the barrel over the head, causing the blood to flow copiously. A desperate struggle now ensued and notwithstanding the injuries and loss of blood caused George Miell to feel faint, be valiantly closed with the poacher, took the gun from him, and held the fellow until his father arrived. The second poacher was then secured, and he was ascertained to be also a Pilton labourer named Vinning. The prisoner was taken by Mr. Miell to his residence, and a third man (a brother of Hill) escaped, but he was subsequently captured as well as George Hill, who fired the gun. The three prisoners have been examined before the magistrates, and remanded until the injured men are able to give evidence against them.
As soon as possible Mr. Albert Mliell was carried home, and surgical assistance obtained. It was found that he was severely wounded from the chest to the hip, on the left side; and there can be no doubt he would have been killed Instantly hut for the accidental circumstance of his having a large pipe case, containing a tobacco pipe, in the left breast pocket of his coat. where the main force of the charge took effect. The pipe was smashed to pieces, and the case completely riddled.
other brother, Mr. George Miell, received several shots In the
left arm. Both the injured
men are progressing favourably.
Mallet Journal - Friday 28 January 1859
DANIEL ENGLISH, BRICK AND TILE MAKER, DITCHEAT, Begs to return thanks to the Gentry and Agriculturists of the neighbourhood, for the favours they have bestowed on him during the past five years, and to inform them that he has now discontinued carrying on the above business. D. E. has large quantity of Stock remaining on hand, consisting of Draining Tile from 1½ inch to 4 inch, Double Roman Tile and Bricks of very superior quality, which he strongly recommends to the notice of parties who are in want of such articles.
Salisbury and Winchester Journal - Saturday 09 July 1859
Dorset Central Railway.—The railway between this town and
Bruton, which is to connect the Poole harbour line with Burnham,
has been commenced three weeks. There are now cuttings commenced
at Pylle, Street, and West Pennard, and the works are progressing
fast, there being nearly 300 men at work, besides those engaged in
building bridges near Glastonbury, and it also in contemplation to
commence the extension of the East Somerset line from Shepton
Mallet to Wells forthwith.
Bridgwater Mercury - Wednesday 27 July 1859
On Monday a fire broke out on the premise' of Messers. White and Bord silk-throwers, which did considerable damage, and at one time it was thought the whole of the property would have been .sacrificed, but owing to the efforts of those present it was confined to one part only. Three cottages and a part of the factory were destroyed.
Bristol Daily Post - Thursday 12 July 1860
SESSION, FRIDAY, JULY 6.—(Before Colonel Phipps and E. B.
Napier, Esq.)—Mark Robins (a man
whose name has more than once before figured in police annals) was
ordered to pay .£l, including costs, for riding without reins In
at Pecking Mill,
in the parish of Evercreech,
on Saturday, the 30th
Caution to Farm Servants.—A lad, named Robt. Higgins, was summoned at the instance of his employer Farmer Cary, of East Pennard, for ill-treating one of his cows on Thursday, June 28. The offence was alleged to have been committed while the defendant and several others were in the barton milking, and, according to the boy’s own statement, the only provocation was that the animal would not stand still to let him milk her, which " tried his temper," anti he struck her two or three times with the "span." The evidence on the part of the complainant showed , however, that he drove her round the yard four or five times, belabouring the pour animal with the " span " the whole of the time, until he was stopped by one of his fellow-workmen. The Chairman stated that as Mr. Cary did not press for a heavy fine, but only for a reprimand, the Magistrates would only inflict the nominal penalty of 1s. and costs, or, in default, seven days' imprisonment ; but if Higgins was brought before them again, be would be severely punished..
Friday evening, just as a
named Philip Selway, employed on
the new railway from Glastonbury to Bruton, now being made at
Pylle, about three miles from this town, had
unhitched the horses of one of the train wagons, the animals
started again, and before the poor lad (who was about 16 years of
age) could get out of the way
he was knocked down, and both wheels of the wagon (which was
loaded) passed over his body. On being taken up It was found that
both of his legs had been almost completely cut in two. The poor
fellow was brought to the workhouse, where he expired the next
Shepton Mallet Journal - Friday 12 October 1860
sermon was preached on Sunday afternoon last, in the parish
church of Ditcheat, in behalf of the society for the propagation
of the gospel in foreign parts, by the Rev. W. F. Creevy,
chaplain the bishop of St. Helena. The sermon was listened to by
a large congregation with great attention, and they responded to
the preacher’s request for pecuniary aid for the society, by
contributing freely.-—On Monday afternoon a meeting was held in
the schoolroom, in behalf of the same society. The room was soon
quite full, and many went away unable to obtain seats. The Rev.
C. B. Galley, having said the appointed prayers, the village
choir sang Bishop Weber’s missionary hymn. The Rev. C. B.
Galley then made a short address to the people, and then called
on the Rev. 0. L. Guyon, rector Lamyatt, who made a most
excellent speech, afterwards the Rev. W. F. Creevy, in a speech
of upwards of an hour, gave most interesting and instructive
account of the missionary work performed by the society. Before
the meeting separated many persons took with them boxes in order
make collections, and expressed a wish to have another such
meeting next year.
Shepton Mallet Journal - Friday 03 May 1861
Sunday last an excellent sermon was preached by the Rev. G. B.
Galley, in the parish church, in aid of the fund now being raised
for the relief of those who are perishing from famine in India.
Upwards of £5 was collected.
Western Gazette - Saturday 07 March 1863
Wybrants, coroner for this division of Somerset, recently held
inquest here on Richard -Mullens Moody, aged fourteen months. The
deceased was taken ill and died in a few minutes his mother's
arms.—Verdict, " Visitation of God."
Mallet Journal - Friday 19 June 1863
Shepton Mallet Journal - Friday 14 August 1863
STEALING DUCKS AT DITCHEAT. Charles Buckland (on bail) Mark Buckland, 17, Frederick Buckland, 21, and John Pbippen, 19, labourers, were indicted for stealing nine ducks, the property of John Golledge, the younger, at Ditcheat, on the 7th of July. The three last named prisoners pleaded guilty, and Charles Buckland the father of two of the other prisoners, was undefended. Mr. Hooper prosecuted. The jury acquitted Charles Buckland, and the other prisoners were sentenced—Frederick Buckland to a month, Phippen to three weeks, and Mark Buckland to a fortnight’s hard labour.
West Somerset Free Press - Saturday 28 May 1864
Fatal Accident —On Wednesday last, as Mr. G. Phillips, respectable farmer, of East Pennard, was returning home from Binegar fair, accompanied by his two sons, shortly after passing Cannard’s Grave, the reins broke, and the horse ran off at a furious pace. The lads, seeing great danger, quickly designed a means of surmounting it, at the same time hastily communicating it to their parent. They simultaneously ran to the tail-board, intending to get over and let themselves down, but no sooner had they got thus far than the belly-tie broke, the trap throwing them violently into the road, whereby Mr. G. Phillips sustained a severe fracture of the skull. One of the sons injured his thigh, but the other had only a slight bruise or two The two former were conveyed to the nearest house, and medical aid was soon in attendance. Mr. Pnillips lingered through the night, and died the early part of next day. His son is getting as well as can be reasonably expected.
Frome Times - Wednesday 11 January 1865
Stealing Gun East Pennard.— Frederick Buckland 21, labourer, and Thomas Blandford, 31, carpenter, were indicted for stealing a gun, the property of William Biggins, East Pennard. Mr. Saunders prosecuted. Both prisoners were found guilty. Blandford had snapped the gun, which was loaded three times at a man named Hewitt, who pursued the prisoners after they had taken the piece, but fortunately it did not go off. A previous conviction was proved against Buckland, and he was sentenced to fifteen years penal servitude. Blanford was sentenced to three months’ hard labour.
Southern Times and Dorset County Herald - Saturday 22 April 1865
Fire —The quiet state of our town was somewhat upset by the cry of fire on Wednesday afternoon, 12th about four o'clock. It was rumoured that the large twine spinning mills of Messrs Donne were on fire. On inquiry it appeared that a fire had broken out amongst the machinery. but there being many hands present and plenty water near, the flames were soon subdued without doing much damage. The origin of the fire cannot be positively be ascertained but it is supposed that some raw material had been near the roller. and that the friction caused the fire.
Sherborne Mercury - Tuesday 25 April 1865
Thursday a sad accident occurred this village. Mr B. Golledge, accompanied by his sister Mrs Pike, of Hornblotton, and Mr Mitchell, of Huxham, were returning from Shepton Mallet Market in a trap ; and by some misadventure in turning corner rather sharply the conveyance was upset, and the whole party thrown out. The gentlemen were rendered insensible for some time, and medical assistance had to be procured. Mrs Pike, fortunately, escaped with a few bruises.
Western Gazette - Friday 26 May 1865
At the Taunton Quarter Sessions, in January last, Frederick Buckland and Thomas Blandford were convicted of stealing gun, the property of William Biggin, innkeeper, and there being former conviction against Buckland, he was sentenced to fifteen years' penal servitude, but Thomas Blandford to only three mouths’ hard labour. Mr George Chitty, of Shaftesbury, having been consulted by the father of Buckland to the severity of the sentence, petitioned the Home Secretary that the same might mitigated, alleging that it was not justified by the Statute, the extent of the sentence which the Court could pass on Buckland for such an offence being only ten years. On the 13th instant, Mr Chitty received letter from the Home Office, stating “that Her Majesty had been pleased reduce the sentence of Frederick Buckland from fifteen years to ten years' penal servitude.
Western Gazette - Friday 19 January 1866
ACCIDENT.—On Thursday morning, the 4th Jan., Mr George Gifford, Sparkford, and Mr. William Vincent of Queen Camel, were steadily driving round a corner by the Bell Inn. when they unexpectedly found a heap of stone in the middle of the road, placed there for repairing the road. On trying to avoid the ditch close by, the driver drove over the edge of the heap of stones and unfortunately turned over the gig and threw out the riders. The horse then ran away, and then turning another corner fell against a brick wall and was killed on the spot. The horse was a fine animal and worth at least fifty guineas. Providentially neither of the riders was hurt beyond a scratch or two.
Gazette - Friday 20 July 1866
Accident.—We are sorry to announce that, a man named James
Jacobs was assisting in a hay-rick in this place, on Saturday
last, he fell from the rick, and was so injured that he died on
Sherborne Mercury - Tuesday 16 April 1867
church of St. Thomas a'Becket, at Pylle, is about to be pulled
down —with the exception of the tower—and re-built, at the
expense of Lord Portman
Sherborne Mercury - Tuesday 23 April 1867
A “Smuggling" Impostor.—On Tuesday, 16th inst John Cotter entered the “Brook House" Inn at Ditcheat, ostensibly for the purpose of selling spectacles. He told the landlord, Mr. John Cook, that the selling of spectacles was a mere feint he being in fact a " smuggler bold." He wanted to sell the landlord some pale brandy, unadulterated, which he could render cheaply, there being no duty upon it. The landlord tasted the sample, and, fancying it was rather hot, gave the fellow into custody, when it was found that the " smuggled brandy " was nothing more nor less than methylated spirits. He was taken before R. H. Paget, Esq MP., of Cranmore-hall, who fined him £100, or the alternative of three months' imprisonment. He chose the latter, as he was utterly unable to comply with the former, and was removed to Shepton Mallet gaol.
Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 17 October 1867
PYLLE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. THURSDAY, October 17, 1867. The third series of ploughing matches, &c, in connection with this society, which includes the parishes of Ditcheat, Pylle, Pilton, East Pennard, Bradley, Baltonsborough, West Pennard, and Hornblotton, were held on Tuesday, the day being very unfavourable except regarded the ploughing. The morning was very wet indeed, at times the rain fell in torrents. An old clover ley, the property of Lord Portman, and occupied by Mr. Edmund Cary, was lent for the ploughing. There were eighteen ploughs upon the field, about the same number as last year, but there were only three entries in the champion class, which was restricted to the parishes named as constituting the district of the society. The other fifteen were entered in the classes for those who had not won a prize at previous matches.
The ploughing was a decided improvement on last year, the ground being well adapted for it. The judges were—ploughing, Mr. H. Brooks, Wyke-house, Castle Cary ; Mr. John Mullens, Ansford and Mr. Thomas Gifford, Hadspen, near Castle Cary ; thatching, Mr. Robert Longman, Wraxall ; Mr. C. Welch, Ditcheat; mowing by machinery, Mr. T. Reeves Pilton ; Mr. J. Welchman, West Pennard, and Mr. Tucker, Ditcheat. In thrashing (six entries) Silas Walter (employer, Mr. John Welchman, West Pennard), carried off the first prize of £l, Wm. Rimes, (Mr. R. Norton, Ditcheat) the second of 15s., and E. Marsh, (Mrs. Cousins) 10s. The society's prize of £2 to the most expert manager of a mowing machine was competed for by four men, and carried off by Wm. Hallett (Mr. R. Norton), a second prize of £1 offered by Mr. Welch, Ditcheat, being awarded by the judge to Mr. Welch's man, George White. In the milkers' class for long servitude, the boy's prize of £1 for those under 20, was carried off by John Bennett, 10 years with Mr. Caleb Walter, of East Pennard, the second going to Wm. Chinnock, with Mr. Jas. Brown, Ditcheat, for 9 years, and the third to Robt. March, who has for seven years been with Mr. E. Cary. In the next class, for those between 20 and 50, the respective prizetakers were Wm. Hanham, 27 years with Mr. W. Hawkins, Pilton ; Henry Burrows, 22 years with Mr. Norton ; and Geo. Close, 18 years with Mr. Jas. Pierce, Lotisham. In class 3 (over 50) they were awarded to Wm. Francis, 43 years with Mr. J. Day, East Peimard; Geo. Biggin, 37 years with Mr. Edwin Cary and John Masters, 17 years the servant of Mr. Uriah Miell, jun., Pilton. In this class Wm. Hill, who had served the same master 46 years, was disqualified as he neglected to send certificate with the entry, the same oversight preventing an eligible lad securing one of the lowest class premiums. The President offered a prize of 30s. to the milkmaid who had been longest in her mistress's service, and it was adjudged to Charlotte Bruge, who for 17 years has been in the employ of Mrs. Kingston, Hornblotton. A second prize of 15s., given the Society, went to Edith Hole, who for 15 years has been in the service of Mrs. James Pierce, East Pennard. Coming to the ploughing classes, the most important of any, we have to name man who last week figured in our report of the Evercreech Association - Enos Marsh, in the employ of Mrs. Cousins, of Pylle. He succeeded in bearing away the three-guinea champion prize, and very good work his ploughing was. Following him in the same class was James Biggin (Mr. J. Parsons, Pyle), and he was highly commended by the judges, the committee giving him consequence of the superior character of his work an extra prize of 10s. Next came the general class, and after very lengthy consultation the judges placed the men in the following order, and they bore off the prizes of the amounts placed against their names : lst, 50s., John Wason (Mr. Dredge) ; 2nd, 35s., Robert Jillard (Mr. IT. Miell, sen.); 3rd, 30s., Isaac Webb (Mr. T. Reeves, Pilton); 4th, 25s., James March (Mr. Edmund Cary) ;5th, 20s, Paul March (Mr. J. Parsons, Pylle) ; 6th, 15s., John Warren (Mr. H. W. Tilley, Stean Bow) ; 7th, 10s., Robert Avery (Mr. J. Parsons). In each case a gratuity varying from 3s. 6d. to 1s. was given to the driver.
The Dinner was held at the Portman Arms Inn. " Success to Agriculture" greeted the eye of the visitors on entering the apartment, and at other parts mottoes of a similar character were displayed. Some delay took place in serving the dinner in consequence of the absence of the judges in the ploughing field, they finding considerable difficulty in deciding upon the relative merits of the competitors. The Rev. H. F. Gray, rector of Pilton, presided, and Mr. C. Welch (Ditcheat) occupied the vice chair. . There were also present Messrs. R. Norton, Gifford, Mullens, H. Brooks, Richards, Tilley, R. Longman, Phillips, Creed, Martin, Welchman, Vincent, Richmond, Haine, Hawkins. Reeves, R. Reeves, Dredge, Walters, Miell, J. Hoskins, Whittle, Kelly, Tucker, Lewis, &c, and making between 60 and 70 all.
The Chairman, in giving the “Queen," said sometimes the drinking of the toast might be considered matter of form and ceremony, but at the present time when the throne and the institutions of their country, the integrity of the empire, and even the life of the sovereign were plotted against by audacious conspirators, at a time when such vile conspirators were prowling about, and when they knew not where the fire might break out, it became them to testify their loyalty by their enthusiasm (cheers). He had said they knew not where the fire might break out, and they did not know but what they might be sitting on gunpowder that moment (A voice : I hope not). At any rate he could tell them that he knew some one at all events who would blow them if they did not cheer the toast as they ought (laughter and hear, hear). He gave the " Queen" with all the honours they were not Fenians, but Queenians (laughter, and cheers).
The Chairman, in felicitous terms, gave “The Prince and Princess of Wales," and the toast was honoured with equal enthusiasm.
The Chairman at some length gave the "Army, Navy, Yeomanry, and Volunteers," alluding to the peculiarly dangerous expedition the Government had undertaken, which he for one was bold to say was entirely justified by the circumstances which compelled the Executive to take such measures (hear, hear). They knew Him who had said he heard the mournings of such as were in captivity and delivered the prisoners appointed unto death, and the Government in deciding upon the Abyssinian expedition had taken a wise, patriotic and philanthropic course, and he most heartily Wished success to those brave men who were going forth on that very arduous and difficult enterprise (hear, hear). He hoped they might have the high gratification of receiving yet again on their shores those unfortunate captives who had been for so long time under the horrible tyranny of that atrocious character, the king of Abyssinia. Some persons said the Army and Navy were very expensive, and he was ready to grant that they were, but it was better he could tell them that they should be so, and less inexpensive to the country than insecurity and defeat would be. Referring to a complaint which had been made of the falling off some of the members of a local corps of volunteers in the discharge their duties, he remarked whatever reasons had existed for their institution the same still remained. He should like to know case of a combination between Napoleon and Bismarck, which was by no means unlikely, where they would be if they had not an adequate volunteer force supplement the exertions of their Army and Navy. Passing on to the Yeomanry the rev. gentleman paid them a high compliment, and mentioned Messrs. Bown, Haine, Welchman, and Gifford as members of the regiment. Mr. Gifford, who said he had been years connected with the Yeomanry, replied on their behalf, while Mr. Ceralli did so for the Volunteers.
Mr. Norton then gave the "Bishop and Clergy of the Diocese,'' with which the Chairman's name was coupled, and responded at some length. He spoke warmly of the exertions the Bishop had made in his diocese, and said that the clergy of that locality were never backward giving their advice, direction, consolation, and friendly help which their sacred office demanded them render (hear, hear). It was with the greatest pleasure and satisfaction he found himself in the chair that evening, though it was not his own act, but that of their secretary. He had examined the rules of the Association, he had watched its proceedings since its formation, he had considered its design and tendencies, and he had come to the deliberate conviction that it was eminently worthy of all the support that could be given (hear, hear). It was therefore with great pleasure, although at the same time feeling his inadequacy to fulfil the duties of the chair, he was present at their third anniversary meeting. Mr. Portman, the rector of the parish, would have been there that evening, and would have more efficiently performed the duties of chairman, but he had written to say that engagements previously made of an urgent character prevented him from being amongst them.
Mr. H. Brooks, in proposing the " Magistracy of the county," spoke them as being highly respected and good landlords (hear, hear). The toast was enthusiastically received, extra cheer being given an acknowledgement of the exertions they had made respecting the cattle plague.
The Chairman, proposing " Success to the Association," said it had done good already, and likely to do still more good. The primary object of the Society was the improvement of the cultivation of the arable portion of the soil in the parishes which were comprised Within the radius of the Society, and it was praiseworthy and patriotic object. A great deal had already been done towards that end in the neighbourhood, hut still more had been effected in other localities remote from it. He heard recently of a farmer in Norfolk who offered his landlord five pound note if he could find a weed in his field, and although they could not go so far as that, yet even he (the speaker), who was not much of judge, could with half eye see that within the last 20 years a great improvement had been made. In continuation the rev. gentleman spoke of the important relations drainage and ploughing bore with regard to the improvement in agriculture, and alluded with satisfaction to the work which had been done in the ploughing field that day under very unfavourable circumstances. But the larger portion of the soil that neighbourhood was grass and pasture, and their great source of wealth was in their milk pails. With the view of improving this branch of agriculture, they offered prizes to milkers, of patient and untiring disposition, who drained the cow’s udder to the last drop, and had been in service the longest. Last year he saw that all the prizes were given to the boys, and unwilling that the milkmaids should be passed over, he had ventured to offer prize for them as a testimony of a lengthy period of diligent and faithful service. Some milkmaid was probably the recipient, one "whose face was her fortune," but having been 15 or 16 years in the same service, as the competitors in this class had, it was probable she would have something more than pretty face to take to her husband (a laugh). The Society was formed for a patriotic purpose, for had not Dr. Johnson once said that he was a good man who made two blades of grass grow where only one grew before The only objection which had been made to the Society was that there was no need for it when there was the one at Evercreech, reminding him of an argument that because Brown had a horse in his stable he could not have one too, but that was not made by anyone belonging to Evercreech, but by those who wanted to keep the money in their pockets. Their Society was not blessed either with patrons in the shape of M.P.'s and J.P.s, but he assured them, quoting Dr. Johnson's opinion of patrons, that they had abundant power to carry on the Society without any such aid (hear, hear). In conclusion he heartily wished the Association success, and called upon them to drink the toast with enthusiasm.
Robert Reeves, the secretary, expressed the pleasure he felt in
common with the other members of the society at seeing Mr. Gray in
the chair again. Acknowledging the toast he said that the rev.
gentleman had said so much upon the objects of the Society that
there was nothing left for him, and he would content himself with
thanking them for receiving the toast so enthusiastically. The
list of awards was then read Mr. Reeves and the prizes
distributed. Several other toasts followed, including the Judges,
who in reply spoke favourably of the ploughing, the Secretary, &c
Dorset County Chronicle - Thursday 28 November 1867
the early part of last week fears were entertained that the usual
quietude of this town would be ruffled by disturbance respecting
the prices of provisions. Two or three hundred persons congregated
in the streets on Wednesday evening, using the most violent and
threatening language towards the bakers ; but happily no
mischievous results followed. The "demonstration,"
however, seemed to have had effect, for on the following day the
price of bread was lowered to 8d.,
and since that time quietude has been restored.
Somerset County Gazette - Saturday 28 December 1867
young men, named Edwin Spurrell and Joseph Greer., were charged
with trespassing on lands
in the occupation of Mr. Richards. —P.C. Hucker said that on
Tuesday last he was on duty in the road between Wraxall and East
Pennard, about one o'clock in
day, when saw Spurrell on enclosed land, occupied by Mr. Richards.
was near a hedge, where there were some rabbits holes. Green was a
little way off from the other defendant. The constable went up to
the gate, and saw a dog hunting along the hedge. He called to the
defendants to stop, which they did, and on coming up to them, he
asked what they had in their pockets.
He searched them and Spurrell found a ferret, and on Green a
rabbit net. On going to the other side of the hedge, Hucker found
three rabbit-holes stopped up.—Fined 10s., and costs, 7s. 6d.,
Western Gazette - Friday 17 January 1868
—Mr. Stevenson, of Shepton Mallet, drove some friends to Pylle
station on Saturday; and just as he was about to return home the
horse shied, upset the carriage, and threw all the occupants out.
Fortunately, no bone was broken, but they were all more or less
bruised. After some difficulty the horse, which had bolted with
the shafts, was caught, tied in the shattered carriage, and led
Salisbury and Winchester Journal - Saturday 19 September 1868
by a Tradesman from the Somerset and Dorset Railway Station—Thomas
Lambert, a respectable tradesman, of Pye-hill, East Pennard, was
on Thursday brought before the Mayor and Mr. J. B. Plowman, on
charge of stealing on the 14th inst. a railway travelling wrapper
or shawl, of the value of 1l., the property of Mr. John Topp, of
Wimborne, from the Somerset and Dorset Railway Station, at Wells.
The prosecutor, who had paid a visit to this city, was returning
in company with his wife by the three o'clock train to visit
Glastonbury on his way home, and whilst waiting for the train to
start placed the shawl on a stool on the platform, on which the
prisoner was sitting. In the hurry of getting into the train the
shawl was overlooked, but before the train had got out of the
station the prosecutor looked out of the carriage window, and saw
the prisoner still on the platform. On arriving at the Glastonbury
station he telegraphed his loss to Wells, and in the interval
between then and the arrival of the next train from Wells went
into Glastonbury. He and his wife were on the platform when the
six o'clock train from Wells came into the station, and
prosecutor's wife called his attention to a man getting out of one
of the carriages, who was she said, the same she had seen sitting
on the stool at the Wells station. The prosecutor accosted him,
asking if he had seen a black shawl on the stool at the Wells
station, but he denied that he had. He had under his arm a bundle
tied up, which on being opened was found to contain the shawl. Mr.
Wood, the station master, and inspector of police for the company,
was communicated with, and he arrested the prisoner and handed him
over to the county police. The prisoner, who acutely felt his
position, pleaded guilty. Excellent testimonials were read from
the Rev. A. Goldney, vicar of East Pennard, and the churchwardens
and farmers of the Parish, as to his previous irreproachable
character, and Mr. Wm. Fry, a retired tradesman, of Wells, also
appeared and gave him an excellent character, having known him
when in business for many years. The bench, taking this into
consideration, and also the bad state of his health sentenced the
prisoner to seven days' imprisonment without hard labour.
Western Gazette - Friday 15 January 1869
AND TILE YARD. TO BE LET, an old-established and well-accustomed
BRICK AND TILE YARD in the parish of DITCHEAT, and to be entered
on immediately. —Enquire of Mr. Wm. BARTLETT, Linen Draper,
Western Gazette - Friday 05 March 1869
lad named Charles Garland, aged 15, had his right arm fearfully
mangled, on the 23rd ult., by a chaff-cutting machine belonging to
his master. The injured member was amputated on Saturday, and the
sufferer is progressing.
Shepton Mallet Journal - Friday 21 May 1869
The twenty-second anniversary of this society took place as usual on Whit-Mondav, and passed off very agreeably and with great harmony. On their way to the Chapel, the members passed the residence of G. F. Hayworth, Esq., and on there return that of Mr. Hutton, Mr. U. Pearce. Mr. J. Hoskins, &c., thence to the Club house where splendid spread was laid out at the expense of the members. The beef, mutton, &c., was supplied by Mr. Sidney Hutton.