Taunton Courier 03 Jul 1918 Taunton County Petty Sessions inc BLACKMORE Bishops Hull COLES Pitminster HOLLY Creech BURROWS CHATTERLEY PAYNE PARKER 3 Court East Reach

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Taunton Courier. Bristol and Exeter Journal, and Western Advertiser. Wednesday 03 Jul 1918

Page 5 Column 1 and 2


SATURDAY. - Before Mr. Wyndham N. SLADE (in the chair), Mr. H. J. BADCOCK, Mr. C. TITE, Mr. A. T. HASLAM, and Dr. WHITTAKER.

REGISTRATION OF LODGERS. - Ellen BLACKMORE, married woman, of Netherclay Cottages, Bishop's Hull, was summoned for having, on the 20th June, failed to require lodgers to register under the Defence of the Realm Act. - She pleaded not guilty, stating that she was unaware of the regulation requiring lodgers to be registered. - P.S. SPERRING stated the facts, and the Chairman said it was very important that people going about the country should be registered, to assist the police and military authorities. Everyone who took in lodgers should see they were registered, otherwise they were liable to very heavy penalties. - The Bench accepted defendant's explanation, and would let her off with a fine of 10s in the circumstances.


Charles COLES, farmer, of Little Fulwood, Pitminster, was summoned for having failed to keep a register with correctly entered particulars respecting the castration of pigs, as required by the swine fever regulations. - Defendant did not appear, and evidence was given by P.S. SPERRING. - Deputy-Chief Constable BROWN said that the case cropped up owing to an outbreak of swine fever at Mr. TAVENDER's Pyeland ,<sic>, where defendant had been dealing with the pigs. Sixteen pigs had died there, and owing to the defendant's neglect to keep up his register the previously treated pigs could not be traced. It was impossible to trace the origin of swine fever unless people kept proper records. He asked for a substantial penalty in the case. - Fined £5.


John HOLLY, labourer,of Creech Heathfield, was summoned by his wife, Edith HOLLY, for having neglected to provide reasonable maintenance for her and her infant child, causing her to live separate and apart from him. - Complainant said she was 32 years of age,and her husband was 63. She had been married to him for 15 years. - Defendant: Yes, fifteen years. I ought to have had fifteen years' penal servitude. I should have been released by now. - Complainant said she had three children, the eldest a boy of fifteen, the second a girl of thirteen, and the third an infant. Her husband spent his money at the public-house, and was drunk nearly every day. She had been living partly on her boy's earnings. She was now in lodgings, and worked on a farm. She was willing to go back and live with him. - Asked if he had anything to say, defendant declared that he would never take his wife back as a partner again. “She has destroyed everything I had,” he added, “both inside and out, and has tried to destroy my life.” - The Bench made an order for defendant to contribute 7s 6d a week, and gave complainant the custody of the children.



Charles BURROWS, farmer, of Creech Barrow, was summoned by Kate CHATTERLEY and Annie PAYNE, married women, of 3 Court, East Reach, for assaulting and beating them in a hay field on the 15th June. - Defendant, for whom Mr. C. P. CLARKE appeared, pleaded not guilty. -Kate CHATTERLEY, married woman, of 3 Court, East Reach, said that on the 15th June a neighbour took out her children, and shortly afterwards her little boy ran back and said a man had hit him. She went down to the field near String Lane, and saw defendant. She asked him if he had struck her boy, and he replied that he had, and would hit her, too. Thereupon he struck her with a pitchfork which he was using turning the hay. He also punched her in the jaw. A neighbour, Mrs. PAYNE, intervened, and defendant knocked her down, and beat her with a horsewhip. Her children had been playing in the hay. - By Mr. CLARKE: She had no stick in her hand when she entered the field. There was no provocation for the assault. - Annie PAYNE gave corroborative evidence,and denied having had a stick in her hand with the intention of attacking defendant. - Daisy PARKER, married woman, of 3 Court, East Reach, also gave evidence. - Defendant said the children were damaging the hay, and he drove them away, and cuffed the biggest one. Later in the afternoon the two women came to the field with sticks, and attacked him. He warded off the blows with the sticks, and the women took away the pick from him. He then got hold of a whip, to drive them off with, because they were like wild people. They used violent language towards him. - John SNOOK[?], in the employ of defendant, described what took place in the field, where he was haymaking, with Mr. BURROWS. The women rushed in with sticks and attacked Mr. BURROWS, taking his pick away from him. Witness threw a whip down from the machine where he was working, and with it Mr. BURROWS was able to defend himself and drive the women off. - The Bench considered there were faults on both sides, and dismissed the case.

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<NOTES: There are a couple of discrepancies but I think John HOLLY is John HOLLEY son of James HOLLEY, married Ethel Ellen KEARLE
There was a Charles William TAVENDER son of William TAVENDER and Elizabeth Hooke BARRINGTON, married Annie BRADDICK farming at Pyrland Farm at this time>