Taunton Courier 06 Jun 1888 Ilminster Ilminster Petty Sessions includes Herbert ROWSWELL and Sarah BEST of Shepton Beauchamp and Wm CROCKER of Fivehead

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Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser Wednesday 06 Jun 1888

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The name of Mr. A. HAM, F.C.O., of this town, appears in the list of those who passed the Matriculation Examination at Dublin University on May 10th.

THE NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. - The ceremony of opening the new Ilminster Wesleyan Chapel will take place next Thursday at three p.m. The preacher will be the Rev. J. Ernest CLAPHAM (general secretary for home missions). A tea will afterwards be held, and at a public meeting in the evening the speakers will include the Revs. J. E. CLAPHAM, T. T. SHORT, M.A., J. WORKMAN, P. PIZEY, and the Circuit Ministers; together with Mr. O. HOSEGOOD, J.P., Mr T. WARE, J.P., Mr Edward DINGLEY, Mr W. T. BRADFORD, B.A., and other laymen.

DESTRUCTIVE FIRE. - On Wednesday a most destructive fire occurred at Cudworth, near Ilminster, on the farm of Mr Benjamin DUNELL. During the afternoon a steam engine had been at work in the yard near the malthouse grinding corn, and the fire was first discovered in the thatched roof of the house. A high wind was blowing, and within an hour the malthouse, farmhouse, and cottages – all covered with thatch – were completely gutted, the contents of each building being also destroyed. In the malthouse were over 200 sacks of corn, and in the cellar adjoining 60 hogsheads of cider. A grist mill and flaxseed mill, with several agricultural implements, were rendered useless. The total damage is estimated at £200. The farmhouse, which was not insured, was owned by Lord POULETT, and the malthouse by Mr PHELPS, of London. The latter was insured, but Mr DUNELL's heavy loss is only partially covered by insurance.


Before Mr M. BLAKE, Col. Langworthy, Capt. BLAKE, and Mr G. LANGTON.


Herbert ROWSWELL was summoned by Sarah BEST, of Shepton Beauchamp, to show cause why he should not contribute towards the support of her illegitimate child, of which he was alleged to be the father. - Mr Henry PAULL appeared for defendant. - Complainant stated that she was confined of a male child in July last, of which defendant was the father. She could not, however, bring corroborative evidence, and the bench dismissed the case.


Charles MARSHALL, of South Petherton, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly on May 15th. - P.C. PADFIELD saw defendant near the door of his house drunk and swearing vigorously. He refused to go indoors, and the constable thereupon threatened to lock him up. Ultimately some women came and dragged him indoors. As it was defendant's first offence he was fined 2s 6d, the costs being remitted.


Henry GILLARD, of Lopen, was summoned by James ALLEN, inspector of the S.P.C.A., for cruelly ill-treating and torturing a horse on May 5th, the property of James PITCHER. - The son of Mr PITCHER stated in evidence that defendant beat and kicked the horse. Afterwards the animal fell lame, and it was then found that its fetlock was fractured. - Mr Edward PAULL, who represented defendant, elicited from the lad the fact that the horse fell down, and that it had been a considerable distance that day. - The magistrates considered it probable that the fracture was caused by the fall, and therefore dismissed the case.


Wm. CROCKER, of Fivehead, was summoned by the police for riding on a cart the horse attached to which had no reins. - P.C. WESTCOTT proved the case, and added that he had cautioned the defendant before. - Defendant's master asked that leniency should be shown in the case, as defendant had a wife who was very ill, and had a heavy doctor's bill to pay, while he was only earning 10s per week. - Being defendant's first offence he was fined 2s 6d, the costs being remitted.

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<NOTES: Sarah Clarke BEST daughter of William BEST and Ann CLARKE, child would be BEST, Herbert Corfield>