County Observer and Monmouthshire Central Advertiser

A weekly English language newspaper with conservative editorial leanings. It was distributed in the Abergavenny, Raglan, Monmouth, Caerleon, Newport, Chepstow, Pontypool, and Usk regions, and mineral and agricultural districts. It contained articles covering local and district news, with an emphasis on agricultural issues.
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September 21 1867
STEALING A SLOP. Henry Prosser was charged by Joseph Andrews, of Llangattock Lingoed, with stealing his slop, at Llanvair on Monday morning last. The parties worked together and slept in the same room. ie 'pri- soner on Monday morning left and too 1 oe with him. Prisoner said the prosecutor agreed to sell 1 inn the slop for Is. Gd. and a quart ot beer. They went to the "Boat" on Saturday night and had the quart of beer. A female servant in the employ of Mr Agg, Llanvair, saw the prisoner leave on Monday morning with the slop on. The prosecutor said he did not agree to sell him the slop; they went to the “Boat” and each paid for a quart of beer. From a statemcnt macle by the prisoner to the police it appeared that John Agg and the prosecutor were in the habit of spearjng salraon and sending the same to a relative of the former residing in the neighbourhood of Pontypool who disposed of them; on the morning he left with the slop he saw a salmon in the river which had been speared, and rushed into the water after it; he found that he was being watched by one of the keepers, and to evade being summoned he crossed the river and left the neighbourhood with the slop on, and he intended to pay for it. Discharged.

April 24 1869
POACHING. William Smith, of Llangattock Lingoed, was charged with unlawfully using a dog for the purpose of taking game on Sunday. Mr. Farquhar for defendant. Ordered to pay 20s, and costs, or in default, 14 days' imprisonment.

February 12 1870
Highway Offence:-- Charles Seys, Llangattock Lingoed, was summoned for using a cart without a name painted thereon in the parish of Grosmont. Fined 1s., and 8s 8d costs.

March 5 1870
Adjourned Wheat-stealing Case. - As reported in our last Henry Gough was remanded on a charge of stealing wheat, the property of a farmer named Blight, of Llangattock Lingoed. Two qualities of wheat were produced in court - some taken from that found in prisoner's house and some from prosecutor's barn, when it was stated by the parties who examined the grain that the two qualities differed. On the case being gone into today, Mr. Baker appeared for prosecutor, Mr. Jones continuing the defence. John Powell, of the Park, stated that on the day in question, prisoner, who is his brother-in-law, had been working for him, and that on his leaving at night, about 10.30 he took some swedes for his pig, by witness' leave; prisoner's wife and daughter had, he should think, leased about eleven bushels of corn off his farm last autumn, and that found in the house must have been some of it. Witness was cross-examined by Mr. Baker rather severely, and seemed to assist the prosecution. Mr. Baker addressed the Bench, contending that sufficient significant and suspicious circumstances surrounded the case to warrant the prisoner's committal and the trial of the case by a jury. Mr. Jones made a long and able speech for the defence, and wished to impress upon the Bench the idea that if the constable suspected a robbery why did he not go straight up to where it. was thought prisoner had dropped the bag, instead of going round to the house and thus lose sight of it. Several examined the samples today. and expressed an opinion, that they were not the same. The magistrate, after carefully hearing he evidence, which occupied the court a considerable time, save that there was a doubt in the case which prisoners were allowed the privilege of, and, therefore, defendant would be discharged.

20 August 1870
William Evans, Oldcastle, farmer, v. Mrs. Williams, of the Green, Llangattock Lingoed. Mr. Gardner appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. J. G. Price for the defendant. This was an action for damage done by defendant's cattle to plaintiff's out-going wheat crop at Penbiddle, Llanvihangel Crucorney, which he laid at £8 8s. It appeared that the valuation had been made upon the supposition that the field was three acres and a half, but the defendant proved it was not two acres and a half, and that a small portion of the damage was done by Mr. Farr's horses. His Honor gave judgment for £5 10s., to be paid in a week. Attorney and twenty-six witnesses allowed.

October 8 1870
Charge of Theft. William Pritchard, shoemaker, Llangattock Lingoed, was brought up under a warrant charged with stealing twenty-eight wires and three dead rabbits, from a field in the parish of Grosmont, on the night of the 12th of September. William Herring deposed that he was employed by Col. Scudamore to catch rabbits on the Kentchurch estate. On the night in question he saw prisoner, in company with five others, go into a field, and he afterwards missed the rabbits and wires in question. Witness could not swear that he saw prisoner take them away. There being no other evidence, the case was dismissed.

July 29 1871
Theft. -- Edward Williams, of Llangaitock-Lingoed, charged with stealing a knife, value 1s 6d the property of Samuel Jones, of Llanvihangel Crucorney, was remanded for a week.

November 25 1871
Bastardy:-- John William Williams, farmer, Llangattock Lingoed, was charged by Emma Thomas, of Llanvihangel Crucorney, with being the father of her illegitimate child. - Complainant was in the service of the defendant's mother; the child was born on the 29th of Sept., and one intimacy was spoken to in particular as occuring on the 1st of Jan. in the back kitchen:-- The only evidence of a corroborative character was that given by the complainant's mother, who said that the defendent came to her house after the child was born and accused her daughter of being familiar with a man named Hughes. After repeatedly denying that he was the father he said, "Well, I don't deny the baby, but I'll not pay for it unless I am made." -The Bench considered that there was not sufficient corroborative evidence, and dismissed the case.

February 1 1873
CHARGE OF USING A DOG TO TAKE GAME. --Thomas Saunders, James Pritchard, James Hughes, and John Hughes, of Llangattock Lingoed, were charged by Wm. Morris, gamekeeper, with using a dog for the purpose of taking game.-- Mr. Jones defended. -- The complainant and a witness deposed that between 8 and 9 o'clock on the night of the 13th inst., they saw the four defendants in a road at Llangattock Lingoed, and in an adjoining field they saw a lurcher belonging to one of the men beating about. Presently the dog gave a yelp, when the four defendants ran up the road to a gate, and while two of them stood in front of the gate the other two placed themselves with open arms each before a mews or rabbits run. While in that attitude the complainant, who was watching over a hedge opposite, called to them. -- The defence was, that the defendants were not in the field, and that the dog did not belong to either of them. -- The Chairman said that the defendants' running up to the mews was a very suspicious circumstance, but as it had not been shown that they had incited the dog, the Bench had decided to dismiss the case. --A charge against James Pritchard of threatening Morris was also dismissed.

September 4 1875
A HARD CASE. Theophilus Sayce, farmer, Llangattock Lingoed, was charged by Supervisor Bolger with using a carriage without a license. From the evidence of Thomas Evans, an excise officer, it appeared that on Tuesday, the 15th of June last, he met defendant's daughter driving a trap to town, accompanied by another woman. Witness asked her who the woman was and she said., a neighbour whom she had picked up on the road. Witness asked her if she had a license for the trap, and she said she hadn't. The defendant admitted the above facts, but said he picked up this old woman, named Mary Prosser, on the road, because she was taken ill, and took her to the doctor; and submitted that if he was doing wrong under such circumstances, it was a very hard case. The chairman explained to the defendant that he was only allowed to use a trap without having a license on the understanding that he would not under any circumstances drive anyone except members of his own family; and if he did so he was liable to a penalty of £20, which fine the Bench had only power to reduce to £5. He would therefore be fined £5 including costs; with a recommendation from the Bench to the Revenue authorities to further reduce the fine to 20s.

October 23 1875
INDECENT ASSAULT. Thomas Powell, John Powell, and Thomas Phillips, young men, who had been on bail, were indicted for indecently assaulting Sarah Jane Williams, wife of George Williams, at Llangattock Lingoed, near Abergavenny, on the 7th of September. Mr Pritchard appeared for the prosecution; Mr Smythies defended the prisoners. The facts of this case were of a very brutal description. Prosecutrix lives at the Little Park farm, in the above-named parish, Phillips had been in her husband's service several months. Thomas Powell was employed on the day before the occurrence. On the day in question Mr Williams went to Abergavenny market. After he left prosecutrix drew the prisoners a quart of beer, after which she went to milk. When she came back, Thomas Phillips and Thomas Powell were there. John Powell was not there. She asked the two men why they had not gone to their work and they said they were going to the public-house. She told them they had better leave the house, and she went to the dairy. In an hour she returned, and Phillips asked her the time. The clock in the kitchen had stopped, and she went to the bedroom to look at her watch. Prisoner followed her into the bedroom, and pulled her on to the bed. John Powell was on the stairs. Thomas Powell endeavoured to violate her, and she appealed to Phillips for help, but he assisted Powell. The latter kept hold of her about half an hour, and she struck him three times and made his nose bleed. At last he got off the bed. Then Thomas Phillips took liberties with her, and she made his nose bleed also. After that she got away from them downstairs to the kitchen. The three prisoners then made an attempt to violate her, and she struggled with them in the kitchen, parlour, and fold. She got back to the house, and John Powell took a strap off his waist and strapped her legs above her knees under her clothes. Having done this they drew three quarts of beer, took a bottle of beer, and then went away. A boy named William Jones saw part of what happened, and Thos. Phillips and John Powell told him not to say anything about it; and John Phillips said that if either of them said anythihg he would smash their heads. Mrs Williams was greatly exhausted, and it was some time before she was able to get the strap off her legs. The nearest house was a quarter of a mile off. She locked up the house to go to meet her husband, and told him all that had happened. She had had one child since her marriage, but had the misfortune to lose it. In cross-examination, she said the child was a seven months child and very delicate. It was born five months after marriage. They had no children since. Their servant had gone to Abergavenny when the occurrence took place. Corroborative evidence of a strong kind was given by the boy William Jones. George Williams, the prosecutrix's husband, described the state of his wife when she met him on the road, as one of exhaustion and excitement, consequent upon the treatment she had experienced. Mr Smythies delivered a very able speech for the defence. Mr Pritchard. replied. The chairman summed up, and said there were three counts in the indictment. One for an attemnt to commit a rape, another for an indecent assault, and thirdly a common assault. He said there were technical difficulties in the way of the first count and he advised the jury to dismiss that from their minds. A common assault was out of the question. This was an indecent assault, or nothing. He commented on the way in which the depositions had been sent to the court. They bore evidence of having been altered, and they were in such a state as to make it impossible to put any confidence in them as correct. Had he not been informed that the magistrates' clerk was suffering from illness, he should have felt it his duty to call the attention of the Abergavenny magistrates to the fact. It was worthy of remark, however, that the prisoners did not suffer in any way from these discrepancies. The learned chairman then analysed the evidence, and pointed to the way in which the prosecutrix was borne out by the boy Jones. He suggested to the jury that there was no real foundation for the attack upon her character. After a brief consultation, the jury found the prisoners guilty of an indecent assault. The chairman, in sentencing the prisoners, said the magistrates on the bench agreed with him that the fullest penalty allowed by the law should be inflicted, and that was, that each of them be committed to the house of correction for two years with hard labour.

January 8 1876
Charles Williford, 22, labourer, pleaded guilty to unlawfully and indecently assaulting Alice Davies at Llangattock Lingoed. 12 calendar months' imprisonment.

January 13 1877
Thomas Dew, of Llangattock Lingoed, and Thomas James, of Goytre, farmer, were fined 2s 6d and costs for exposing sheep in the cattle market for sale affected with scab, the former on the 19th and the latter on the 2nd inst.

February 5 1881
LARCENY. Thomas Parry, Walterstone, was brought up in custody and charged with. stealing a half-sovereign, the property of Harriet Blick, Home Farm, Llangattock Lingoed, on Thursday, the 27th ult.-- Mr B. E. Hodgens appeared for the prosecutrix, and Mr L. D. Browne for the prisoner. Complainant stated she was the wife of George Blick, retired farmer Home Farm, Llangattock Lingoed; on Thursday, the 27th ult, about 4 p.m., she was shopping at Pandy; she saw a half-sovereign roll on the floor of the shop; she did not think it was hers; the prisoner was present; she said he had dropped his money; he was standing close to her, in front of the counter, prisoner picked it up after he was told twice; when she arrived home she hung her waterproof up in the kitchen; the next morning she found she had lost a half- sovereign. - Mr Browne cross-examined the complainant at some length -- Arthur Holme stated his mother kept a grocer's shop at Pandy; he remembered the 28th ult; complainant was in their shop between 3 and 4 p.m.; the prisoner and another woman was also present; he saw a half-sovereign roll on the floor, and told the prisoner of it; he did not take any notice the first tme, but when he told him a second time he picked it. -- By Mr Browne: The prisoner purchased articles to the amount of about 4s; prisoner was a customer of theirs; he paid for the artices out of a half-sovereign. -- P.C. Dare stated that he arrested the prisoner at Walterstone on the 1st inst; he was then drawing; he told him he had a warrant for him for stealing a half-sovereign at the shop of Mrs. Holmes; prisoner said when he was in the shop he put his hand in his pocket and a half-sovereign dropped out. -- The Bench retired for about twenty minutes, and on coming into court the Chairman asked the prisoner if he wished the case to be tried in that court or to be sent for tnal. -- Prisoner, who pleaded not guilty, said he would like to be tried then. -- The Chairman said thoy had found him guilty of stealing the half-sovereign, and would be sent to Usk for six weeks.

March 12 1881
The transfer of the Cherry Tree Inn, Grosmont, from Thomas James to Henry Howells, was likewise granted.

July 30 1881
A LENIENT PROSECUTOR. James Pritchard, a waggoner, was brought up in custody and charged with stealing a saw, valued at 7s 6d, the property of George Williams, farmer, Llangattock Lingoed. -- Mr. Brown prosecuted. -- Prosecutor said he knew the prisoner. He never authorised him to have the saw produced. -- James Williams, son of the prosecutor, corroborated the evidence of his father. -- James Hughes said he lived at Llangattock and purchased the saw from the prisoner. -- P.C. Dare said that on Monday last, in company with the prosecutor, they went to James Hughes', the last witness, and asked him for the saw. He gave it up. On Tuesday he apprehended the prisoner under a warrant. Prisoner said he knew nothing whatever about it. He then brought him to the police-station. -- In defence, prisoner said ne purchased the saw of a man that was hard up on the road, and gave him 3s for it. He afterwards sold it to James Hughes. -- The prosecutor not wishing to press the charge, prisoner was only fined 1s and costs, or fourteen days.

March 4 1882
TRANSFER. The license of the Carpenter's Arms Inn, Llangattock. Lingoed, was transferred from Ann Walters to Thomas Dew.

October 14 1899
ABERGAVENNY. POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY. Before Dr. S. H. STEEL [in the chair], Colonel FLINT, and E. MARTIN, Esq. Edward Williams, farmer, LIangattock Lingoed, for allowing a pig to stray on the highway, was fined 5s. and 3s 6d. Costs.

August 18 1900
THE PARISH ROADS REQUIRE IMPROVEMENT. At Tuesday's meeting of the Abergavenny Rural District Council, a letter was read from Mr. Davis, Little Kethlea, pointing out that the crossing of the road near Old Court was in a very dangerous condition, and that they required a bridge to be erected there. Mr. R. Hudson Evans said that he thought the residents ot Llaugattock had very good ground for the complaint, as the thoroughfare was their road to market, aud he understood frequently impassable, and he had often wondered why Llangattock people did not agitate for the remedying of this defect and the defect of the roads in their parish in general which reflected very little credit upon their Council. It was ultimately decided to appoint a committee to view the spot and report to the Council.

July 4 1903
The Berry and Pwll Mair Farms and a cottage and land near known as Upper Park, in the parishes of Llanfihangel-Crucorney and Llangattock-Lingoed, within six miles of Abergavenny, and containing 125a 3r 37p, were all offered in one lot, and ultimately sold to the Rev Jones for £2,100.

March 16 1907
ABERGAVENNY. POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY, ASSAULTS Edward Williams, Pentre Farm, Llangattock Lingoed, summoned Edmund Smart, a bailiff, and George Smith, a junior clerk, both in the employ of Messrs. Pope, Smith, and Anthony, auctioneers, Ledbury, for assaulting him on Wednesday, the 6th inst. Mr H. W. Orme (Rassell and Co., solicitors, Ledbury), appeared for the defence. There was a cross-summons on the part of Smart and Smith. According to the evidence a distress for rent was levied at Pentre, and previous to the sale the affair which was the subject of the summonses took place. In a struggle Williams was alleged to have taken out a two-bladed knife, and said he would draw blood with it. The case against Smith and Smart was dismissed, and Williams was fined £2 and 13s costs.


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