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Court Reports 1900 - 1908

This is not a comprehensive list, merely reports
found whilst trawling the papers for other items.

Northampton Mercury 02 March 1900 

Mary Ann Farden, Wellingborough, v. Joseph Sizer, Rushden.—Defendant, who did not appear, and is a married man, was ordered to pay 4s. per week and costs.

Northampton Mercury23 March 1900 

Joseph Watts, Rushden, was summoned for bastardy arrears due to Fanny Goodfellow.—Defendant declined to pay the arrears, which amounted to £1 10s ...........

Northampton Mercury 30 March 1900 

Thomas Bell, heel builder, Rushden, summoned for using obscene language at Burton Latimer, on May 10th, was fined 5s. and 9s. 7d. costs.

The Rushden Echo and Argus, 15th June 1900, transcribed by Gill Hollis

A Rushden Tradesman Sues the M.R. Co. for Damages for Detention of Goods
An interesting case was heard by Judge Snagge at the Wellingborough County Court on Monday, Mr. Joseph Albert Langley (Busby’s Boot Palace), High-street, suing the Midland Ry Co. for £20 4s 8d for damages sustained through the company’s delay in delivering certain goods.

Mr. Newman (Rushden) for plaintiff, and Mr. Turner (Birmingham) for the M.R. Co.

In opening the case Mr. Newman said that Mr. Langley was a boot dealer and his wife conducted a millinery business.

A Wedding Order
had to be completed, and in view of the Easter trade Mr. Langley, on April 3rd, ordered certain special goods for Easter from a wholesale dealer in Leicester. The goods were dispatched on April 3rd and delivered into the hands of a carman of the M.R. Co. As the goods did not come to hand, Mr. Langley was obliged to obtain other goods for the Easter trade and he absolutely lost the order for the wedding goods and certain orders.

Plaintiff said that on April 3rd he ordered certain millinery goods at Leicester, which were required for a wedding and for the Easter trade. On 4th April he received an invoice, but not the goods, which were not delivered till the 21st, when they were of no use for the purposes for which they were ordered. Apart from the annoyance and injury to reputation through not being able to fulfil their orders, there was a

Considerable Loss of Profit
and the goods had deteriorated in value. They were of no use to him and he refused to take them in.

The M.R. Co. admitted breach of contract and paid two guineas into Court, but denied further liability.

His Honour said plaintiff should have taken in the goods, and have claimed the damages, if any, sustained by deterioration. The plaintiff had no right to throw the goods on the railway company. However, the company had not paid enough for the delay, and he gave judgment for £4 4s and costs. Note: Joseph Langley, a boot retailer from Leicester, was at 6 High Street in 1901.

Rushden Echo, 14th September 1900, transcribed by Kay Collins

Action for Slander—Messrs Wilkins and Denton have, it is reported, issued proceedings against Mr. Haynes, of the St. Saviour’s Board of Guardians, for slander in respect of language used by him during a discussion as to the quality of the goods supplied by Messrs. Wilkins and Denton, as contractors to the Union.

Game Trespass—Two Rushden shoehands, John Line (32) and Alfred Nicholson (27), were charged at Sharnbrook on Friday with trespassing in search of game on land occupied by Mr. B. Measures at Dean. Defendants were found at 5a.m. on Oct. 30 beating a field of clover. Line was fined £2 and 7s. costs, and Nicholson £1 and 7s. costs

Rushden Echo, 25th March 1904, transcribed by Kay Collins

No Licence—For keeping a dog without a licence, Charles Debenham, carter, Rushden, was fined 15s. and costs at Wellingborough Police-court on Friday. Defendant said his wife had been ill, and he had not had any money for the licence.

The Staff of Life—At Wellingborough Police-court on Friday, George Henry Lenton, baker, Rushden, was summoned for selling bread otherwise than by weight at Rushden on March 8.—The County Councillor Inspector (Mr T Mattinson) said he saw a young man delivering from a cart bearing defendant’s name. Witness obtained two loaves from him and found them both under weight.—Fined £1 and 13s 6d. costs.

Rushden Echo, 8th December 1905, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wellingborough Police Court
This Day (Friday)
Before Messrs N P Sharman, E Sharman, J Claridge, R P Payne, J Brown, Owen Parker and Dr Clark.

Edwin McCracken, Rushden, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly. Defendant, a very respectable man, said he had had the influenza and on the advice of a friend took some whiskey as medicine, but “it acted the wrong way.”—An excellent character was given defendant.—Case withdrawn on payment of costs.

Alfred Clayton, Rushden, was charged on remand with stealing a quantity of horse hair at Rushden. Prisoner, who admitted the charge, was committed to the Quarter Sessions.

Arthur Joseph Cumberpatch, Rushden, was ordered to contribute 2/6 a week to the support of his son in a reformatory.

Rushden Echo, 24th January 1908, transcribed by Kay Collins

Fowls Stolen at Rushden – Smart Work by the Police
Before the Bench Today

Mr. G. Skinner, jun, son of Mr. G. H. Skinner, butcher, of Rushden, made the discovery on Wednesday morning that his fowl roost had been broken into and that a large number of fowls were missing. The fowl-house is in Park-road, at the back of Dr. Owen’s premises. Information was at once given to the police, and inquiries were promptly instituted by Inspector Cameron and P.S. Ellingham. The officers, among other places, visited the house of Charles Dilley, a shoe hand, living in Green’s-yard, where, in a sack in the coal house, they found sixteen fowls, all dead. These fowls were subsequently identified as those which belonged to Mr. Skinner and which were missing.

Yesterday, at a Special petty Sessions at Wellingborough, Dilley was charged with stealing the fowls. Supt. Onan, who said that the prisoner admitted the offence, asked for a remand until Friday.

Today (Friday), at the Wellingborough petty Sessions, Dilley was charged with stealing 16 live tame fowls, value £2/4/0, the property of George Skinner.

Prosecutor gave evidence that the fowls were safe on Tuesday, but on Wednesday morning he found the door of the fowl-house had been broken open and the fowls were gone. They were afterwards found dead in the yard of prisoner’s house by P.S. Ellingham.

Prisoner was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment with hard labour.

Rushden Echo, 13th March 1908, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wellingborough Police Court
This Day (Friday)
Before Mr N P Sharman, Mr Ed Sharman, Mr J Brown, Mr R P Payne and Dr Clark.

Levi Turner, Rushden, was summoned for a breach of the Dogs Act by not having the owner’s proper name and address on the dog’s collar.—P.C. Goddard said the collar had on it the name of Mr A H Sartoris, but that had a piece of leather tacked over it.—Defendant said he wrote his name on the piece of leather.—Fined 10s. and costs 6s.

Mark Thos. Denn, Rushden, was summoned for allowing a dangerous dog to be at large.—Mr C R Claridge said defendant would be pleased to carry out any order the bench might make.—Supt. Onan said there had been several complaints from persons who had been bitten by the dog.—The bench made an order for the dog to be destroyed.

David King, Rushden, for using bad language was fined 10s. and costs.

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