Saturday, 15 September 2012

Echoes of our past News...... 14th September 1861

Echoes of our past….. Past News

14th September 1861
Main news -

*Brewster Sessions –

These were annual meetings to grant licences to trade alcohol in public houses. 

Transfer of licences to the following establishments were made –

*Royal Oak, Shambles – from James Walker to John Knight

*Crown and Cushion, Low Pavement –from George Hearnshaw to James Walker

*Market Hall Vaults – from Mrs Pearce to Henry Chantry

*Kings Head, Knifesmithgate – from Henry Chantry to Jos. Spray

Other licenses granted were –

*Bay Horse, Chesterfield to Mr Newton

*St Helen’s Inn to Mr Samuel Bennett (on the grounds that there was “no licensed house for a great distance and that the premises were commodious”)

*Hat and Feathers, Brampton to Mr Maynard, despite their being an incident during the year for selling drink at “improper hours”.  It had been the servant that had served the liquor in Mr Maynard’s absence and so the licence was granted this time, but more care should be taken over the actions of his servants.

*Burlington Arms, Staveley/Woodthorpe to Henry Bingham.  These premises had been built to replace the previous house run by Henry Bingham.

*Sir Colin Campbell, near the race course to Mr Woodward.

Licences refused –
*Three Horseshoes, Brimington. 
Mr Hesling was refused a license as he had been fined £3 earlier in the year for opening on a Sunday.  The County Magistrates stated that they were “determined to put a stop to these sorts of disorderly houses”.  Mr Hesling replied that it was the Church Wardens who had been drinking.  He was told that “he had no right to fill Church Wardens drink no more than anybody else”.

*Royal Oak, Stanfree.
The licence had been taken away from the landlord an elderly man named Francis Shacklock two years ago after he was found by the local policeman to be serving several persons of “suspicious character”.  Mr Shacklock had thought they were travellers and only served them small amounts but this had not appeased the Magistrates and the license had been revoked.  At that time Mr Shacklock had begged the court to grant his licence as it was the only way he could gain a livelihood.  Again, the court were still not prepared to grant a licence and poor old Mr Shacklock left saying it was “ a very hard case”.

*Forester’s Arms, Staveley.
Refused as the application had not been fully completed, notices had not been served to the overseers.  Landlord Mr Thomas Dyson.

*Angel Inn, Staveley.
Was refused as the application was argued by a Mr Gainsford.  He stated that there were already licensed houses close to the property of Mr Abbott and that there was insufficient room to accommodate carts etc, without obstructing the highway.   Landlord Mr Wm Abbott.

*The Gate, Marsden Moor.
The landlord John Belfitt had been summoned for keeping a disorderly house.  He had given to drink to already intoxicated persons.  The court stated that publicans should not encourage a person who was drunk into their houses.  John Belfitt was fined £1 16s and costs.


* Sarah Fretwell a prostitute was charged by Police Sergeant Vincent for causing a disturbance in the Shambles at about 10.54pm.  She was committed for one calendar month under the Vagrant Act.

*Rebecca Davenport of St Helens Street charged her husband Chas Davenport with assault.  Chas a sawyer was bound by £20 to keep the peace for two calendar months.

*Martin Burke was charged for stealing turnips from Mrs Hinde’s field at Walton.  He was committed to Derby Gaol for 7 days hard labour.

*Joseph Scott appeared at the Town Hall, Sheffield charged with stealing a watch and wearing apparel from a man named Moore.  The pair had resided in Chesterfield.  Moore had travelled to Sheffield to report the incident. Joseph Scott had in his defence stated that Moore had given him the things to look after as he had intended to murder his wife and would want them afterwards.  Joseph had been unsure at this as he thought he may get into trouble for holding the possessions.  So, Moore had allegedly given Joseph a written receipt for the goods.  The receipt was proved but it was unclear who had actually written it.  The case was remanded to Chesterfield.

*Accidental drowning – an inquest was held at the St Helen’s Inn, Stonegravels on the body of 15 year old Joseph Hardwick, son of Chas Hardwick.  Joseph was bathing in the river at the wharf when he was said to have ventured out of his depth and drowned.  A man who was working close by ran to his help, but he was dead when his body was removed from the water.  Verdict “accidental death”.

* “Roughs” from Staveley Collieries arrived at Bolsover and caused disturbances.  They were fighting amongst themselves and “some of similar fraternity” of Bolsover.  They robbed Mr Gethins orchard of apples. 


*Francis Fisher to Hannah Bond, both of Chesterfield at the Parish Church.

*John Smith to Miss Brailsford at Barlboro’.

*Thomas Heathcote, currier, 70 years old.
*Barbara wife of John Cutts aged 32 years at Calow.

*Martha relict of Mr Joseph Riley in Kent Road, late of Staveley aged 83 years old.
*Joshua Tomlinson aged 76 at Ashover.

*Mr James Brampton of Edensor.

The Derby Races were held on Thursday 12th September.  The results were as follows –
*Chatsworth Stake – 1st zodiac, 2nd Caller Qui, 3rd Sawcutter
*The nursery handicap – 1st C by Grasshopper, 2nd Old Towler, 3rd Rossmoor, 4th Forester
*The tradesman plate – 1st Coronet, 2nd Jingling Johnny, 3rd Zodiac
*The innkeepr’s plate – 1st Sawcutter, 2nd Roesia, 3rd Maid of Chesterfield.


Bolsover, the harvest was reported as being nearly completed.  The crops being of “average quantity” and “excellent quality”.  The weather was reported as being “beautiful and fine”.  The drought of the past weeks had caused some issues with the turnip crops but the potatoes although small were “of excellent quality and very few diseased”.

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