Wednesday, 31 October 2012

UPDATE of the Past News 29th October 1887

Catch up on the full story of last weeks NEWS...........

*Angelina Taylor

The “victim” of this week’s news, Angelina who had been threatened by Harriet Hodkin and Mary Redfern appeared in the courts, yet again as the victim.  It seems Angelina did attract trouble.

The case was heard at Eckington Petty Sessions on Monday 5th December 1887.

This time Angelina had been attacked by a married woman named Hannah Maxfield.  Angelina lived at Barlborough Common and on the 13th October she stated that Hannah had followed her into her home and struck her several  times, knocking her into a dresser.  Witnesses were called and all said that they had heard Hannah threaten Angelina and saw her strike her several times.

In her defence Hannah said that Angelina was always causing rows and no one could pass her house without being insulted.  Hannah argued that Angelina had hit her first.

The Bench decided that Hannah be bound over to keep the peace for 6 months and pay the court costs.

Hannah Maxfield was no angel, in December 1892 she is again summoned to appear at Eckington Petty Sessions; this time for using threatening language to Jos Standell of Barber’s Row, Barlborough.  Jos was the brother of Hannah and he stated that on 13th November Hannah had visited his home and threatened to “scald his eyes out”.  Jos went on to describe how Hannah had frequently threatened him, but he had never threatened her. 

The argument was over a son of Hannah throwing stones at a pig.  Hannah had asked her son to go and fight with Jos, but the son had refused.  Two witnesses were called, Maggie Davis of Barber’s Row and Mary Wainwright both said they saw Jos Standell chasing the boy and heard Hannah shout “it’s the not the boy you want to get at its me”.  The case was dismissed.

So, what was Angelina’s story?

Well she was born in Staveley in either the end of 1868 / beginning of 1869.  She was part of a large family and her parents were George and Jane Rodgers.    In 1871 she was living with her family in Rodgers Terrace, Staveley.  Her father George is employed as a coal miner.  By 1881 the family have moved to the near-by village of Barlborough.  George is still working as a coal miner but also runs the Prince of Wales Public House on Barbers Row.  Angelina is now 12 years old and one of 8 children still living at home.

Angelina married John Taylor the coal miner in 1885, which would have made her a young bride at only 16 years of age.  Her first appearance in the newspaper when Mary Redfern and Harriett Hodkin threatened her was only 2 years later.  Angelina and John had 9 children, 6 were still living in 1911, 3 had died.

In 1891 Angelina, John and their children are living at 49 Barbers Row, next door to Mary Redfern and her family, whose children were around the same age as Angelina’s.  We can only wonder how day to day life was, did they fight or were they now resigned to each other’s faults? We will never know.  They remained in the house for many years, but by 1911 they are living at Westfield, Barlborough.

Angelina lived to the age of 77 years old, she died in 1946.
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*Tomato Sausage –
S Hadfield first advertised his wonderful tomato sausage in June of 1886.  He brags that they can only be purchased from his butchers.
Samuel Hadfield was the son of Joseph and Priscilla Hadfield.  He was christened on 12th February 1841 at Winster.  The family were middle class and Joseph worked as a publican / farmer.  In 1861 Joseph ran the Plough Inn at Brackenfield, Derbyshire and he farmed 64 acres.
Samuel pursued his career from an early age; at only 20 years of age he is described as a Master pork butcher, showing that he had undertaken an apprenticeship in the art of pork butchery.  As apprenticeships were usually for a term of 7 years then Samuel would have been around 13 years of age when he began his trade.
Life as a shop keeper in the 19th century would be no easy task, there were always those who would steal from you and Samuel found this out in 1861 when Sarah Ann Houghton stole 2 pies from his establishment.  The case was proven and Sarah was given 2 months hard labour.  Again in May of 1867 and Samuel was robbed of 1s from the till by a 10 year old lad named David Slater.  Young David was described as a “miserable looking little fellow, who was well whipped about 2 months ago for petty larceny”.  Samuel had premises then on South Street.  Scoundrel David was searched and the shilling was found in the lining of his cap.  David pleaded guilty and the Bench were told how he was the “victim of lazy parents”.  David was sentenced to one months imprisonment with hard labour and then to be sent to a reformatory school for five years.  There are numerous cases of theft from Samuel; he must have tired of the situation.
Samuel married Mary Ann / Marian Bollington in 1862.  In July of 1869 Samuel moved his butchers to the Market Place.  In 1871 Samuel and his family live on the High Street and Samuel is practising his trade as pork butcher.  Samuel moves around the town centre over the next 20 years, presumably as his business grew then he would move to new premises.  In 1891 he has decided to try his hand in the hospitality business and as well as being a pork butcher Samuel is hotel proprietor at the Star Inn on the High Street.  This venture looks fairly short lived as by 1901 Samuel has yet again changed his working life and is now living at Birdholme and alongside the pork butchery he is a farmer.  Moving on to 1911 and it seems Samuel has grown too old for change; he is back in the town centre, living at 88 Saltergate once again solely a pork butcher.
Probate entry for Samuel Hadfield
Samuel died on 24th April 1926.  His will gained probate on 21st August 1926.  He left his estate to Walter Hadfield (pork butcher) and Frank William Stanton (accountant).  He left a grand sum of £19256 13s 8d which in today’s value is around £577,122.80 – so it seems that Samuel was indeed a “Master” pork butcher, who with the help of his wonderful tomato sausages lived to accrue quite a sum of money.
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