Sunday, 2 June 2013

Echoes of our Past NEWS......2nd June 1900

Read all about it……. Echoes of our past NEWS

What was in the local news this weekend in 1900?


*Cruelty to children –

Mary Ann Liddell a married woman who lived at 49 Back Row, Unstone was summoned for neglecting two children; Thomas aged 9 years and John Thomas aged 2 years.

The N.S.P.C.C was prosecuting this serious case and told how the young child John was suffering from “abdominal disease”.  This child; John was the illegitimate son of Mary Ann’s daughter.  This daughter was now deceased and so the care of John had now fallen to his grandmother Mary Ann.

The N.S.P.C.C inspector told the court how a child of John’s age should weigh around 30lbs but this little fellow weighed only 14lbs.

Inspector Butler had visited the house on 7th May and found it to be “in a wretchedly insanitary condition”, he had told Mary Ann that she was neglecting the children and she needed to clean the house.  The house had three rooms but they only lived in one; this was in a terrible state, the bedding dirty and the children wore dirty clothes. 

He revisited on two successive days but Mary Ann had made no attempt at improvement, she used abusive language at the inspector and he became so shocked that he applied for a removal order for the two boys.

On the second visit by Inspector Butler Mary Ann’s husband was present, he showed concern and asked that he hoped that they would not get into any trouble.  At this Mary Ann told him to shut up and hit him in the mouth.  She stated that they were “trying to get them into the ……….. Workhouse”.

Little John Thomas was seen by Doctor A W Shea who confirmed that he was suffering from abdominal tuberculosis and that the environment in which he lived would only make his health worse.  He told the court how John was “very emaciated and very dirty”. 

On the 17th May Inspector Wright called at the house and issued the Liddell’s with a summons.  In usual style Mary Ann attached him.  Mr Liddell warned the Inspector “Be careful, she will either kick you or bite you”.  He pulled her off of the Inspector by the throat and she turned and attacked her husband instead. 

The focus was then turned to the state of the houses in which the family lived; Back Row, Unstone.  The Inspector for the N.S.P.C.C said that he did not think that the houses were fit for human habitation.  The Liddell family had an income of 34s per week, of this only 2s went toward the rent of the house, so they were said to have had a good income to live on.  Mary Ann argued that she had done her best by little John Thomas and with regard to the house, she said that it was in such a state it didn’t matter if she cleaned it or not, it would never be any better.  A lady named Rebecca Lilley was there as witness and backed up this statement.

Mary’s husband also attended and gave a witness statement; he of course said that Mary looked after the boy well.  The court asked “I think you do as your wife tells you?” to which he replied with laughter “I have to do so sometimes”.

The court was said to have treated the situation as a serious one and fined Mary Ann £2 including costs of 14 days imprisonment.


*Cruelty to animals –

The R.S.P.C.A were also busy this week –

In Matlock Bath Mr Hoyland who was the landlord of the County and Station Hotel gave evidence after his tom cat was severely abused by George Earp a labourer.

Mr Hoyland described the terrible state the cat had returned home in on 14th May.  George Earp admitted to him at the time “he looks very sour, but will be all right in the morning”.  The cat however was so ill that the veterinary surgeon named Mr Clay was called for to attend to the poor tom cat.

It appears that George Earp was employed by Mr Hoyland to perform some sort of operation on the cat.  It was the diabolical job that he had done that was the problem.  George was charged by Inspector Slattery and he admitted his guilt and also told how he had carried out the operation.  He had undertaken the operation without the use of chloroform which should have been used as standard practice.

George was fined 5s and 10s costs.

The second incident occurred at Old Brampton when Albert Booker was brought up against the Chesterfield Borough Magistrates charged with ill-treating a horse.

Albert and his companion George were accused of working a lame horse and causing pain and suffering.  They were spotted by P.C Payne in Low Pavement near the Chesterfield Market Place; the horse was attached to a heavy market cart.  P.C Payne stated that the horse was going lame and examined the beast to find that there was a ring bone on the near hind leg.  The Booker men said that the horse had one leg shorter than the other and that was the cause of him appearing lame. 

Inspector Slattery of the R.S.P.C.A and veterinary surgeon George Robinson were also called to give their opinion and both agreed that the horse had a ring bone.  The veterinary surgeon thought that it was an old wound and would not be causing any pain.

Albert Booker was fined 10s and costs and George Booker was fined 5s and costs.  Albert gave this excuse for not caring for the horse appropriately “I never had a horse”.

*Minor offences –

v  Hannah Orwood damaged a kettle belonging to Sarah Scott at Poolsbrook.  She was fined for the damage of 2s 6d

v  William Parson was fined 1s for keeping a dog without a licence

v  Arthur Furniss was drunk and disorderly in Holymoorside on 19th May, he was fined 2s 6d

v  Thomas Brinsley was fined 1s for having no light on his vehicle at Whittington

v  James Cutts damaged a hawthorn bush at Langwith which belonged to John Eadson.  He was fined 1s plus costs.


*Mr Charles George Dakin only son of Mr Dakin, The Bower, Crich married Miss Ethel Mary Smith, eldest daughter of Mr J Smith, Sunny Bank, Crich.  The happy event took place at St Michael’s Church, Crich. 

There were two bridesmaids; Miss F E Smith (sister of Ethel) and Miss F M Dakin (sister of Charles).  The best man was Mr S Ward of Shirebrook.

The bride wore a dress made of cream serge which was trimmed with satin and lace; she wore a picture hat trimmed with chiffon and orange blossom.  Charles had given her a gift of a gold watch which she also wore.

The bridesmaids wore dresses of slate poplin, which were trimmed with pink silk and covered with lace and silk trimmings.  They also wore hats to match and gold bangles which Charles had given the girls as a gift.

The reception was held at Sunny Bank the home of Ethel and the church bells which rang out into the evening would have been heard in the distance.  Afterwards the newly married couple; Mr and Mrs C Dakin left for honeymoon in Buxton.  Ethel wore a going away outfit of a navy and pale blue blouse and hat to match.

*Samuel Walter Henson to Annie Gertrude Stevenson at Chesterfield Parish Church on 28th May

*Frank Pullen to Norah Coyne on the same day and place as above

*Henry Clark to Louisa Chalcraft at Chesterfield Parish Church on 30th May


*Gerald Haslehurst youngest son of George Haslehurst at Bournemouth, Gerald was aged 30 years and formerly of Chesterfield

*Elizabeth Dronfield aged 37 years at Calver on 22nd May

*James Alvey aged 77 years at Blackwell on 29th May

*Matilda Brown aged 90 years at Whittington on 25th May

*John Ryan aged 2 years at Chesterfield on 26th May

*Mary Matilda Mitchell aged 65 years at Ashgate on 29th May


*Cyclists –

The weather was settling down and cyclists were being encouraged to get out there and enjoy the fresh air.  It was suggested that the locals use the Queens Park track to practise their cycling and a request had been put forward to the Queens Park Committee to allow use for this purpose in the hour prior to closure of the park.

Brimington Cycling Club had spent their Wednesday evening on a route to Barlborough.  Eight members were present and they enjoyed a pleasant evening of weather and good roads.  They arrived back in Brimington just after 8pm.


*Wills –

The following persons had now died and a final call was made for any surviving heirs or creditors to come forward –

v  Mrs Mary Marr – Victoria Street, Brampton

v  Mr William Hall – of Hasland who died on 10th April 1899


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