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Court Reports 1832 - 1850

Northampton Mercury, 14th April 1832

Committed to the House of Correction: John Hanger, for two months, convicted of having broken open the round-house at Rushden, by which means a prisoner confined therein effected his escape; and Eli Denton, for two months, for having assisted in the perpetration of the last-mentioned offence.

Northampton Mercury, 23rd Nov 1844

Wellingborough Petty Sessions - John Astal, of Rushden, beerhouse-keeper, was charged with keeping his house open after the specified hour. Mr. Murphy defended Astal, and the complaint was dismissed.

Northampton Mercury 11 January 1845

Refusing to Maintain an Illegitimate ChildJohn Sykes, of Rushden, was apprehended under a warrant for refusing to maintain the illegitimate child of Kerenhappuch Baker. The amount due, including .......

Northampton Mercury 29th March 1845, transcribed by Susan Manton.

Pinfold, who was the Police Constable, who was dismissed from the force about two months ago, for treating a young man named Sykes with undue severity when apprehending him for the non-payment of money due to a girl called Baker, for the maintenance of her illegitimate child, laid before the bench a written statement, wherein he complained that Superintendent Knight had neglected to hand over to Chief Constable Goddard, a recommendation signed by clergyman and the principal inhabitants of Rushden. Mr. Knight was sent for and questioned as to the charge; he said that he had no idea that the paper was meant for any other purpose except being laid before the magistrates, which he did and he had not seen the document since.

Northampton Mercury, 13th September 1845

Wellingborough Petty Sessions - Beer House CaseThos. Rootham, of Newton Bromswold, was charged by Robert John Southwell, the Rushden policeman, with keeping his house open for the sale of beer after ten o’clock at night. Mr. Murphy, who appeared on the part of Mr. Rootham, by questioning the policeman, elicited such a catalogue of misdeeds, that the magistrates stopped the investigation, and said there was enough already acknowledged on the part of the policeman to prove that he was unfit for such service, and ordered superintendent Knight too see that his case was properly represented to Chief-constable Goddard. The charge was dismissed.

Northampton Mercury 27th September 1845, transcribed by Susan Manton.

Mr. Packwood, one of the stewards of a benefit club at Rushden, was called on to show cause why he refused to pay 2s 6d per week to John Allen, a member of the said society. The complainant admitted that his health was good, but from his deformity and age he was not able to work; he has had 2s 6d per week for seven years. Mr. Packwood said he did not wish to injure complainant in any way, nor had they (the members) any wish to turn him out of the club, but their rules expressly stated that it was only in sickness that they were called upon to give relief to the members of the club. Mr. Walker, relieving officer, said that the parish allowed complainant 2s 6d per week, making his weekly pay 5s in all. Mr. Wilkins observed that such allowance was not calculated to encourage benefit societies. In Thrapston and the neighbourhood the parish generally gave double the sum allowed by the club in such cases, as the one now before them. The matter was allowed to stand over until a certificate of health was sent in by the surgeon of the court (Mr. Pope of Higham.)

Northampton Mercury, 01 November 1845

Moses Wooding & Sanders Wooding, of Wymington, labourers, were charged, on the information of John Cooke, Esq., of Rushden Grange, with committing a trespass in pursuit of game on Sunday the 2nd. ult., on land in the occupation R. Robinson, of the ......

Northampton Mercury, 29th August 1846

W’boro Petty Sessions

Hot Water and Hot WordsLucy Cox, of Rushden, charged Thos. Gilbert, her neighbour, with assaulting her, by throwing a quantity of hot water in her face, thereby destroying the wonted bloom of the said face. When the complainant approached the bench, her countenance (in spite of the watery damage) was glowing like coke in the furnace of a locomotive, and was bu too truly indicative of the Etna within. Lucy’s appearance forcibly reminded one of a bottle of soda water with the wire off. She had scarcely entered the hall before out flew the cork of her bottled indignation, and with it a stream of words sufficient to crush ten thousand Thomas Gilberts. Superintendent Knight at length put a stop to her wordy career, when the defendant was allowed to speak in his defence, as follows:— I was shaving, said Thomas (who is a very little, and apparently a very mild man. I was shaving, when this here firebrand entered my dwelling, and begins a calling my wife all manner of names but the right one. Now said I to myself, if ever I wanted patience, it is at this here moment. I had just done the hunder part, and was a going to do the lip, well I tried at it, but it was no go, my hand shook like a distilled convulsion; so I lays down the razor, and shies the water in her face; but heaven me your worship, it wouldn’t a hurt a five minutes old canary. The language used by Lucy was considered a sufficient apology, for the somewhat hasty conduct of the defendant, and the complaint was dismissed.

Ebenezer’s Day of FastingEbenezer Bolton, who stood charged with being drunk and unruly, at Rushden, offered the following defence? “If I were drunk could I walk? If I were drunk could I talk? If I were drunk could I do without a snack of summut salt, such as a bit of ham, a kidney, or a soldier? I know as I wasn’t drunk, ’cause I never eat a blessed morsel all that day; when I’m drunk, I’m peckish, and if I am peckish, I’m drunk.” Ebenezer’s criterion was considered no criterion, and he was fined 5s. and expenses.

Daniel Wallis, also of Rushden, was fined 5s. And expenses for being drunk, and using abusive language towards the policeman. The Bench said they wished to disabuse the minds of certain parties at Rushden of the idea that they were too strong for the law. They wished it to be understood that they (the magistrates) were determined in all instances to protect the policeman in the just discharge of his duty.

Northampton Mercury, 12th Sept 1846

Wellingborough Petty Sessions
The constables of Rushden appeared to lay before the Bench the list of expenses incurred during the mop and pail riot at that village; it was signed. [no report of the riot has been found]

Northampton Mercury, 30 January 1847 

Joe's Double GJoseph Ager, better know as "Go Down Joe" was charged with assaulting Margaretts, the Rushden constable. To this charge Joseph offered the following defence: I was down double G, a singing "The Wolf," when Master Billy …….

09 February 1850 - Northampton Mercury

On Monday last an inquest was held Rushden, before Thomas Marshall, Esq., on the body of Thomas Mobbs, aged two years and a half. The child was left alone the house ….

14 December 1850 - Northampton Mercury

An inquest was held Rushden, the 6th instant, before Thomas Marshall, Esq., the body William Baker Martin, an infant, who died the day previous in a fit .....

06 May 1854 - Northampton Mercury

Mr. James Rootham, of Rushden, baker, was summoned at the instance of a person named Martin, of Melchbourne, for not being provided with beams and scales …... 

30 September 1854 - Northampton Mercury

Robbery in Public-houseRobert Betson, shoemaker, Rushden, charged Thomas Bolton, a drover, with picking his pocket of two half-crowns, the Wheat Sheaf public-house, in that place.

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