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From the Quarter Sessions (as reported in the newpapers)

Cat.Ref. GBQS/21/1-date: undated [1637/38], Spring 1638 Henry Reast of Easthorpe in the parish of Bottesford, Leicestershire, labourer; for the theft on 10th January 1637/38 at Great Gonerby of two sheep skins worth six shillings and eight pence, the property of Robert Franke of Sedgebrook, yeoman.

Cat. Ref. GBQS/21/2-date: [19 January 1637/38]
Robert Franke of Sydebrooke [Sedgebrook], gentleman and John Watson of Sydebrooke [Sedgebrook], labourer, before Lewis Summersall, gentleman, Alderman of Grantham and other Justices of the Peace; to frame a bill of indictmant and give evidence against Henry Reast.

Cat.Ref GBQS/21/4 - date: [19 January 1637/38]
Robert Franke of Sidebrooke [Sedgebrook], yeoman, before Lewis Sommersall, gentleman, Alderman of Grantham and other Justices of the Peace, concerning stolen sheep.
John Watson of Sidebrooke [Sedgebrooke], labourer.

Lincs to the Past Database of Transported Convicts 1788-1868. Kesteven Quarter Sessions Trial
John Gamble of Dowsby/Sedgebrook/West Allington aged 26. Crime - Stealing 5 tame geese, the property of Robert Burton of West Allington, farmer & stealing 8 tame turkey & 4 tame fowls, the property of William Breffit of West Allington, farmer. Crime at West Allington.date 16/10/1826. Sentence 7 years. Transported on the Prince Regent to New South Wales in 1827. They were convicyed with Thomas Harding. Arrested at Sedgebrook with 2 hampers, a sack & a large basket containing the stolen property.

Stamford Mercury Fri Aug 27th 1830
Committed to Lincoln Castle (by the Rev Wm Potchett) Thomas Smith, alias Thomas Blewitt, late of Sedgebrooke & Thomas Cooper alias Thomas Boylen on suspicion of stealing 2 horses, the property of Mr John Dalton of Crowland.

Stamford Mercury Fri 18 July 1834
Downing (John) and WARD (Joseph) v. TURNOR (Christopher Esq. This was an action against the Sheriff of Lincolnshire for a trespass in having entered on a farm and dwelling house at Spanby, which plaintiffs rent under Sir Thomas Whichcote, and seized and sold their furniture and stock to the value of 80L. The defendant pleaded, first the general issue – not guilty of trespass; secondly, that he entered and seized by virtue of a writ of fleri facias issued at the sult of William Ostler, Gent, against Anthony Clarke and Wm Ward; thirdly that the farm and dwelling house were not in the occupation of the plaintiffs, but of Wm Ward, against whose goods the said writ had issued; and fourthly, that the furniture and stock were not the property of the plaintiffs, but of the said Wm Ward. On the first and two last pleas issue was taken – the plaintiffs asserting that a trespass had been committed, and that the farm, stock &c were theirs and not Wm Ward’s; both of which the defendant denied. Mr Baguley stated that this was an action nominally against the Sheriff, but the real question was between the plaintiffs and Mr Ostler, solicitor from Grantham, and it originated under these circumstances. Wm Ward who at the commencement of 1830, occupied the farm upon which the trespass had been committed, had become surety for a person named John Andrew, to whom Mr Ostler advanced 180L upon note. Wm Ward became insolvent, made an assignment in Feb 1830 to his brother Joseph (one of the plaintiffs), who resides at Sedgebrook and Mr Robert Lokwood, jun of Spanby, for the benefit of his creditors. The assignment was advertised and most of the creditors proved under it, but Mr Ostler did not come in. The assignees managed the farm, got in the crops, and in November 1830 sold the farming stock by public auction; and the furniture by appraisement, the two together producing 205L 18s 9d. They distributed the proceeds amongst such of the creditors as proved under the assignment, amongst whom was Joseph Ward who proved for a debt of 77L. Wm Ward’s affairs being would up, arrangements were made by the plaintiffs (one of whom is his brother and the other his brother in law) to assist him, he having a family of 9 children, and being completely destitute; the furniture, of the value of 26L was taken by appraisement by the plaintiffs; they from Lady Day 1831, became tenants of the farm to Sir Thos Whichcote; they stocked it, and continued Wm Ward in the house as a labourer, he having no wages, but only the produce of an orchard and of 2 cows for his support, and Mr Robert Lockwood managed the farm for them. This state of things continued until March last, when Mr Ostler, after having waited 4 years and being unable to procure payment of the note from John Andrew, proceeded against Andrew Clarke and Wm Ward, who had given a joint cognovits as security for John Andrew’s debt, sued out a writ of fi fa and under it seized and sold stock and furniture to the amount of 80L; the single question for decision was, whether the stock and furniture were the property of the plaintiffs or of Wm Ward; if the goods were his, then the defendant was entitled to a verdict; but if they were the propert of the plaintiffs or of Wm Ward; if the goods were his, then the defendant was entitled to a verdict, but if they were the propert of the plaintiffs, then they were entitled to a verdict – Charles Windover, sheriff’s officer, proved that he entered under a warrant of distress on the 8th March last and that the sale took place on the 19th of the same month; the warrant was for 180L 10s but it was indorsed to levvy only 70L 12s 6d, besides sheriff’s poundage and the expenses. Wm Ward’s family were living in the house and he did not see either of the plaintiffs there until the sale; then they said it was a hard thing that their property should be sold for Wm Ward’s debt; there were only 2 carts, one of which when he entered on the 8th had Wm Ward’s name on it, but between then and the sale the name had been knocked off; this was a light market cart; the other had not his name on it, nor either of the plaintiff’s names, Joseph Ward said before the sale that William’s name being on the light cart was a mistake. Witness did not continue in possession himself from the entry to the sale but put in a man named George Pick. 9Pick was in court, but was not called by either side). Wm Banks of Falkingham, auctioneer proved that the sale under assignment in Nov 1830 was a good sale and attended by between 400 and 500 persons. Mr Edw Arden, steward to the trustees of the late Sir Thomas Whichcote proved that from Lady Day 1831 up to Michealmas 1833 Mr Robt Lockwood paid the rent on account of the plaintiffs, in whose name the receipts were given. Wm Ward proved that he occupied the farm, which was of the extent of 65 acres, for 8 years until his assignment in 1830 but that since that time he had been merely a labourer, and had had no propert whatever, except the market cart which he had bought since the assignment; the stock and furniture were all the property of the plaintiffs – Mr Robt Lockwood jun proved that he paid 115L in payment of debts under the assignment and that since then he had managed the farm for the plaintiffs; he had retained the amount to which Mr Ostler would have been entitled under the assignment, for him, but he had never called upon Mr Ostler with it, nor ever given him any other notice of the assignment than that in the newspaper, he admitted that as assessor for the land tax he had never altered the name from Wm Ward in the tax papers, but said he was manager of another farm in the parish of 600 acres, and he had never altered the name of the tenant in the tax papers for that land either – The Judge said he gave entire credit to Mr Lockwood’s evidence, but he advised him in future always to alter the names of tenants in the tax papers when there was a change of tenantry; it was from inattention of parties to the proper mode of conducting such matters, that these doubts and disputes arouse. Mr Serj. Goulburn, in an able speech for the defendant, contended that this was a family contrivance to deprive Mr Ostler of a just debt. Formerley, an insolvent’s continuing in apparent possession of property after he had professed to have transferred it to another, was of itself considered a conclusive badge of fraud; latterly however the rule on that subject had been some what relaxed but it was still a very strong circumstance in favour of the presumption that the assignment was a mere collusion. He commented strongly on the very cautious selection of witnesses which the plaintiffs had made out of a very large field of friends and relations; and contended that no man would be safe in his intercourse and dealings in society if his debtor, after continuing to the eye of the world – in full and undisturbed possession of his property for 4 years, was then to turn round and set up a pretended assignment to his own brother and that brother’s particular friend. There were no witnesses called for the defence. The Judge in summing up, combated many of the arguments urged by Serj Goulburn, and said he did not see any badge of fraud either in the circumstances that the principal creditor under the assignment was Wm Ward’s own brother – for to whom could a man so properly and so naturally apply in his distress as to his relatives or in the circumstances that the brother and brother in law should have purchased the 25L worth of furniture that was absolutely necessary for the occupation of the house by the insolvent and his family of 9 children; he hoped in this chritian country acts of common humanity by a brother would not be considered a matter of such wonder as to excite suspicions of fraudulent motives. If however, on a review of all the circumstances, the jury should think the assignment was a fraudulent one, they would find for the defendant; if not, for the plaintiff. The jury almost immediately returned a verdict for plaintiffs, damages 80L costs 40s.

Stamford Mercury Friday 15th January 1836
Kesteven Sessions. John Drury, late of Sedgebrook, labourer was found guilty on an indictment against him for stealing 1 quartern of thrashed wheat at Sedgebrook on the 6th November last the property of William Shipman and was sentenced to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour in Folkingham house of correction for 1 calendar month.


Stamford Mercury Fri April 14 1837
Adnall Burroughs, late of Sedgebrook, labourer, pleaded guilty to an indictmentfor stealing in March last a quantity of potatoes from Wm Shipman of that place, farmer and was sentaenced to 3 months imprisonment to hard labour. Lincolnshire Poor Law Bastardy Cases: From the Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury Newspaper: extracted by Anne Cole.

Lincolnshire Chronicle 17 April 1840
A true bill was found against Joseph Richardson and George Richardson, both of Sedgebrook, for an aggravated assault upon John Wing, of that place, farmer, on the 24th February last. Joseph Richardson pleaded not guilty, but on trial was found guilty: the court sentenced him to 6 calendar months imprisonment and to pay a fine of £20 to the Queen, and to be further imprisoned until the fine be paid. George Richardson having absconded, a bench warrant was issued for his aprehension, and his recognizance, with that of Joseph Richardson in £40 was ordered to be estreated in her Majesty's Court of Exchequer.

Lincolnshire Chronicle Friday 6th January 1843
Grantham Sessions Fri Dec 30
Notice of Appeal against an order of removal of George Gibson, his wife and family, from the parish of Grantham to the parish of Sedgebrook was entered and respited until the next sessions.

Lincolnshire Chronicle 21st June 1844
Lincoln Magistrates Meeting, Thursday June 20th. William Beeson and Elizabeth, his wife, who had become chargeable to the parish of St Paul, were sworn to their settlement. At Martinmas 1797, Beeson was hired as groom by Mr John Turner (this should read Turney E.H.) fellmonger of Sedgebrooke, and that he continued in his service 2 years and a half and had not gained any settlement since.

Lincolnshire Chronicle Fri May 22 1846
Benj Taylor of Little Gonerby, Wm Rowe of Grantham & Robt Turney of Sedgebrook & Burnett Murray were taken before the Borough Magistrates on a charge of being drunk and disorderly. Taylor, Rowe and Murray were each ordered to pay 2s 6d fine and 4s costs. Turney was discharged there being no evidence agaist him.

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Fri May 15th Magistrates Meeting, Spittlegate
The following case was setlled out of court. John Auckland of Sedgebrook against Henry Auckland of the same place for damaging private property.

Stamford Mercury Friday 10th September 1847
Grantham County Magistrates Meeting September 3rd.
Wm Handley of Sedgebrook paid 5L and 12s costs for using beam and scales very much out of order.

Lincolnshire Chronicle Friday 12th January 1849
Spittle Police - An order was made for the removal of John Drury, his wife and child then chargeable to Barrowby to Sedgebrook.

Newspaper Date 23 January 1846.
Grantham County Magistrates Meeting 16 January
A summons to answer to the paternity of her illegitimate child.was granted against John EXTON, on the application of Hannah LANE, of Sedgebrook.

Newspaper Date: 13 February 1846
Grantham County Magistrates Meeting, 6th February
Hannah LANE, of Harlaxton, succeeded in obtaining an order for John EXTON, of Sedgebrook, to pay 1s 6d per week for the maintenance of her child with the fee and expenses.

Newspaper Date 22 May 1846
Grantham County Magistrates Meeting 15 May
Mary RODEN, [very probably Mary Rider] of Sedgebrook, applied for a summons against Jas. OGDEN, of Casthorpe, on a bastardy charge: it was granted, and he was ordered to appear at the next meeting (June 5th).

Newspaper Date 12 June 1846
Grantham, 5 June
Jas. OGDEN sent a written consent to pay 1s 6d per week towards the support of the illegitimate son of Mary RIDEN, [Rider] of Sedgebrook.

Lincolnshire Chronicle Fri 2nd July 1847
Grantham Quarter Sessions Fri June 25th
John Cullen, railway labourer was then placed at the bar on a charge of stealing on the 5th May a spade of the value of 2s and a silver watch of the value of 2L, the property of Mr Auckland of Sedgebrook and pleaded guilty. Written papers from the contractor on the railway stating the prisoner to be an industrious man were handed to the recorder and then Harby, constable was put in the witness box and he said he had known the prisoner for some time and had been informed by him that he had disposed of the watch past recovery. The recorder said the prisoner should have assisted the prosecutor to recover his watch and sentenced him to 4 months imprisonment.

Lincolnshire Chronicle Friday 2nd July 1847
Grantham Quarter Sessions - John Cullen, railway labourer was placed at the bar on the charge of stealing, on the 5th May, a spade, of the value of 2s, and a silver watch, of the value of £2, the property of Mr Auckland, of Sedgebrooke, and pleaded guilty. Written papers, from the contractor on the railway, stating the prisoner to be an industrious man, were handed to the recorder, and then Harby, constable, was put into the witness box, and said he had known the prisoner for some time, and had been informed by him that he had disposed of the watch past recovery. The recorder said the prisoner should have assisted the prosecutor to recover his watch, and sentenced him to 4 months imprisonment.

Newspaper Date 22nd January 1847
Grantham Petty Sessions 15th January 1847
Jas Furmidge of Sedgebrook, consented to pay 1s 3d in an affiliation case. The Magistrates allowed the small sum in consequence of the female (Susanna Pask) having previously had a child.

Stamford Mercury Fri April 19th 1850
Wm Turney, 57 charged with embezzling at Sedgebrook several sums of money, the property of his master Rd Robinson, pleaded guilty, 8 months to hard labour and 4 weeks solitary.

Leicester Journal 17 October 1851
Chief Constable's Report
"With the approval of the Police Committee I beg most respectfully to recommend Police Constable Ilife for a gratuity of £2 to be paid out of the Superannuation Fund for the firmness and zeal displayed by him in the execution of his duty on the 23rd ultimo at Sedgebrook in the county of Lincoln (on the border of Leicester by stopping without any assistance a prize fight which was then and there taking place.
Fredk Goodyer, Chief Constable. [see Newspaper Reports page]

Lincolnshire Chronicle Friday 31 December 1852
Lincoln Magistracy Thurs Dec 23:
William Beeston who had become chargeable to the parish of Saint Paul, was sworn to the parish of Sedgebrook his last place of legal settlement.

Stamford Mercury October 28 1853
Kesteven Sessions
Henry Smith aged 27 pleaded guilty of stealing some carpenters tools at Sedgebrook on the 20th July, the property of Robt Wilson and was sentenced to 6 weeks hard labour.

Lincolnshire Chronicle Friday 28th September 1855
Magistrates Meeting, Spittlegate – Friday Sept 21st; present Sir G E Welby, Bart., M.P. the Rev C B Otley, the Rev. P W Worsley, J J A Brown Esq., and Wm Ostler Esq., - The court was cleared to lay a charge of felony [The first here under the new act that gives Magistrates at Petty Sessions the power to adjudicate in certain cases of felony that used to be sent before a jury) but at last the case was heard, according to the established practice in open court. It seems the accused has a right to elect whether he will be tried by the magistrates or be sent before a jury. The prisoner, Alice Rider of Sedgebrook was willing that the case should be tried by the bench. Mr Wagstaffe defended her. It appeared from the evidence that on the 11th August 1854 Mr Oliver sent his servant to Mr Thos Wilkinson of Bottesford with a bucket, to be repaired; he repaired it and set it that evening with other things, in an open shed; the various things were taken by the parties to whom they belonged, but when Mr Oliver’s boy applied for the bucket, it was missing. Ann Worsell walked with the prisoner, between eight and nine o’clock in the evening of the 11th August from Bottesford to Sedgebrook, the risopner said “I have a bucket to fetch” and crossed the road to a backsmith’s shop and came back with a bucket on her arm. Some considerable time after the bucket had been missed , the above fact came to Mr Oliver’s knowledge, and a dirty bucket, used for carrying swill, was found in the possession of the prisoner. She said she had found it; but Mr Wilkinson swore positively that it was the same that he repaired on the evening of the 11th August 1854. The prisoner was found guilty and sentenced to one months imprisonment.

Lincolnshire Chronicle Fri 28 Dec 1855
Grantham, Spittlegate Bench
John Allen, publican of Sedgebrook 3 pint jugs and a pint mug short. Fined 2s 6d & costs 10s 4d.

Lincolnshire Chronicle Friday May 22 1857
Charles Smith aged 15 and Robt Geeson, farming man, both in the employment of Mr E. Robinson, farmer, Sedgebrook, were charged with stealing bread and meat from their master. Geeson managed the horses, and complained to Mr Robinson that a boy named Taylor had been spreading evil reports about him; and, upon inquiry, Mr Robinson discovered that the boy had been accustomed to take food from his table and give it to Geeson in the field, When Taylor, another boy in Mr Robinson's service, said they must not do so, Smith replied that he did not take so much as the lads the year before. Smith pleaded guilty; and the man acting under Mr Healy's advice, also pleaded guilty of stealing, otherwise he would have been committed for trial at the sessions as the receiver, receiving stolen goods being an offence which cannot be dealt with summarily. The boy was ordered to pay 5s fine, and the expenses; and the man was committed for 2 months hard labour.
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Magistrates Meeting - Spittlegate
William Beeston who had become chargeable to the parish of St Paul was sworn to the parish of Sedgebrook, his last place of legal settlement.
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James Jackson was charged by Henry Greenwood, gamekeeper, on the Ambergate Railway at Sedgebrook with an assault. Jackson it appears was in the habit of walking on the line and on being cautioned threatened to beat complainant with a fork. The case was settled out of court.

Lincolnshire Chronicle 4th September 1857
Grantham Borough Police - Wed Aug 26th: Before R Turner and Wm Walkington Esqs. James Jackson of Sedgebrooke, was ordered to pay £1 fine and 11s 6d expenses, or be committed for a month to hard labour, for being drunk and disorderly, and interfering with the police in execution of their duty.

Stamford Mercury Fri 24 December 1858
County Police Spittlegate Dec 17 before Sir G E Welby, Bart, Col Reeve, C Turnor, & wm Ostler Esqs and Revs C B Otley & P Worsley & Capt Bicknell chief constable. Richard Green was charged by Ralph Alderson, keeper of Sedgebrook with using a snare for the purpose of taking game. A watcher stated that he saw Green, about 4 o clock on Sunday afternoon, cross his own field in the direction of a snare, which he discovered with a hare in 2 hours previously. It was in the bottom of a hedge belonging to land adjoining the defendants. Mr Healy appeared for the defendant and denied the charge: he had no evidence to offer, as his client was simply walking on his own lands. Being the 2nd conviction he was ordered to pay a penalty of 2L expenses 2s.

Lincolnshire Chronicle Fri April 13 1860
Kesteven Sessions - Sleaford
John Shipman pleaded not guilty to a charge of a embezzling money on the 13th September last, the property of William Brice, his employer at Sedgebrook. The prosecution was conducted by Mr Wagstaffe, prisoner was undefended. From the eveidence adduced it appears that the prisoner was travellor for the prosecutor and received monies on his behalf and that he received 3s from a Mr Blackbourn on the day named in the indictment for which he gave credit for 2s. The difference in the 2 amounts was the basis of the prosecution. Prisoner was found guilty and sentenced to 4 months imprisonment with hard labour.

Lincolnshire Chronicle 13th July 1860
Kesteven Sessions - Sleaford July 5th
Margaret Woods, 23 tramp was charged with stealing 16L 5s and a purse at Sedgebrook on the 16th May from the person of Robert Spendlar. Discharged there being no bill found against her.

Lincolnshire Chronicle 23rd May 1862
John Henry Auckland of Sedgebrook was summoned to show cause why he refused to contribute towards the maintenance of his father, 75 years old who had become chargeable on the parish. The old man had 4 sons of whom 2 paid 1s a week and the other who took the cottage and home and found him harbour. Defendant refused because his brother who took the home ought to do more. Ordered to pay 1s a week.

Francis Jackson Leicestershire Mercury 30th May 1863
Francis Jackson of Sedgebrook charged with being drunk at Branston on the 16th inst. was fined 5s and costs 14s.

Lincolnshire Chronicle 11th February 1865
William Blackburn of Sedgebrook was charged by Mr Richardson, gamekeeper to Sir J.C.Thorold, Bart. with trespassing on land in search of conies on the 18th ult.. The defendant pleaded guilty.

Leicester Journal 24 March 1865
Melton Mowbray
A RUNAWAy WIFE - A married woman, living at Sedgebrook, near Grantham, left her house on Thursday morning week taking with her a watch and other articles belonging to her hsband, who found that his spouse had gone by train to Nottingham, accompanied by her only child. From Nottingham, where she was met by a bricklayer of Strathern she was traced to Syston and subsequently to Twyford. Thither a police constable was dispatched with the disconsolate husband and they soon discovered the faithless one in the act of mending her paramours unmentionables. After shaking hands with the bricklayer the woman left him and under the escort of her husband returned home.

Lincolnshire Chronicle 23rd March 1866
James Handley, 40 labourer pleaded guilty to the charge of having at Sedgebrooke on the 9th of February last feloniously embezzled the sum of £1 7s, the property of Joseph Caunt, his master. He was sentenced to 12 calendar months etc (for further information see the newspaper).

Lincolnshire Chronicle Sat 13 July 1867
Petty Sessions - Spittlegate
Thomas Wilson alias Johnson was brought up on a warrant charged with being in the company of a number of men who, in October last had 70 rabbits in their possession at Sedgebrook. He was committed for a month in default of payment of £2 fine and £1 10s 6d costs. His companions had been convicted before.

Grantham Journal 4th May 1867
Spittlegate Sessions - Bastardy Case - A respectable looking young woman named Mary Ann Dennis, daughter of a cottager living at Sedgebrook summoned a labourer named Rd Blankley of Barrowby to show cause why he should not contribute to the support of her illegitimate child born on the 31st December of which she alledged him to be the father. It appears that the parties were living together in service and in May last defendant seduced the girl and the consequence was the birth of the chid. Defendant denied paternity on account of only 7 months having elapsed since they became acquainted; but Mr Healy who appeared for the complainant called a witness who acted as a nurse to prove that the child was prematurely born owing to a fall sustained by the mother at Christmas. Letters from defendant to his client admitting the paternity and promising marriage were also put in to the bench, in the absence of any evidence in defendant's behalf made an order for 1/6 per week and costs.

Lincolnshire Chronicle Friday 13th February 1874
Spittlegate Petty Sessions - Mary Ann Hales, servant, was charged with stealing, on the 21st January, one neck tie, four yards of lace, and a chemisette, of the value of 2s 6d, the property of Mr R H Rudkin of Sedgebrook. Mrs Rudkin said that having missed a silver thimble she suspected the prisoner, and on searching her box the above mentioned articles were found, which she identified as her property, Prisoner had been in their service for about 2 weeks. P.C. Rowe stated that when charged with theft prisoner confessed it, and said she was very sorry. Sentenced to 14 days imprisonment with hard labour.

Lincolnshire Chronicle 25th August 1876
Sedgebrook - Mary Steele, general servant was charged with absenting herself from the service of R Robinson, Sedgebrook Mill on the 1st August. Ordered to return to service and pay 1s compensation and 9s costs.

Lincolnshire Chronicle 26th September 1884
Charge of Cattle Stealing near Grantham - On Saturday much surprise was created in Retford by the arrest of a well known inn keeper, named John Dewey, on a charge of cattle stealing. It appears that on Friday a large cattle fair was held near Grantham, and consequently many beasts in charge of drovers were passing along the roads in that district. From a field near Grantham two heifers, the property of George Green and Alfred Barton, both of Sedgebrook, were feared to have been taken. These were missed very shortly after they left the field, and information was given to the police, one of whom, with Mr Green, at once followed on the road towards Retford, and in a short time they overtook a ----? drover named Weatherall, in charge of the beasts, who said he had been paid half a sovereign by a man to take them to Retford. They took charge of the man and beats and Supt. Wynne, of the Grantham police, early on Saturday morning proceeded to retford, where he saw Inspector R J Sandford, who is temporarily in charge of the Retford division, owing to the indisposition of Mr Supt Sandford. The Inspector appears to have suspected John Dewey, landlord of the New Inn, Thrompton, and felt justified in arresting him, and the lad Weatherall intimated Dewey was the same who had employed him to drive the heifers. He was conveyed to Grantham in the afternoon. The prisoner was formerly an employ of the Great Northern Railway Company, and for some time was the ticket collector at Retford station. He took the New Inn, two years ago, and has established there a series of pedestrian meetings. On Tuesday Dewey was brought before -----? Col. Parker at Spittlegate, Grantham, and remained to Wednesday, when he was committed for trial at the forthcoming Quarter Sessions at Sleaford.

Nottingham Evening Post 3rd September 1886
? Simon aged 18 of Sedgebrook indecently assaulted Fanny Chamberlain aged 17 - fully covered in length in the newspaper.

Nottingham Evening Post 14 March 1893
A Family Transaction- William Swain Burton, farmer of Sedgebrook sued his brother Alfred Burton, cottager of the same vilage to recover the sum of £15.15s balance of an account. Full story at length in the newspaper.

Lincolnshire Chronicle 7th December 1894
County Court - Lydia Dennis, cottager of Sedgebrook sued John Ryde & Sons, bakers of Foston to recover the balance of £1.7s.10d. Defendant paid 12s.10dinto court. Plaintiff said she sold the defendants 6 quarters of wheat at the rate of 20s per qr. and after deducting a contra account of £4.12s.2d there was a balance of £1.7s.10d. The defence was that Messrs Ryder made a bargain to pay for the wheat at the same price as the bulk made, which was 17s per qu. His Honour gave judgement for the plaintiff for the amount claimed.

Lincolnshire Chronicle 10th December 1895
Spittlegate (Grantham) Petty Sessions
Sedgebrook - George North of Sedgebrook & William Oliver of Muston, farm servants were summoned for trespassing in pursuit of rabbits at Sedgebrook on the 1st inst. Mr Thos Fisher, farmer saw the defendants rabbiting with a dog on land over which he had the right of shooting. He did not wish to press the case. The magistrates dismissed it on payment of costs. 4s 9d each.

Lincolnshire Chronicle 14 June 1901
Sedgebrook – Claim for Damaged Hay
Before the Registrar, Mr J G Thompson, at Grantham County Court on Tuesday, Ann Burton, cottager, Sedgebrook and Charles R Bell, farmer, also of Sedgebrook, to recover the sum of £8, damages alleged to have been sustained by complainant, owing to defendants negligence. – Mr J R Barlow appeared for plaintiff and the defendant was represented by Mr Page of Lincoln. Plaintiff’s case was that defendant undertook to get in her hay in two small fields of 3 and 2 acres. The hay in the larger field was got in safely, but when that in the other field was cut it was allowed to lay on the ground, got wet and was ultimately led in a sodden condition. The remit of that was that two tons became mouldy, and was lost entirely – The defence was that when a portion of the hay from the two acre field was taken to plaintifs yard it was found to be damp. He did not stack it but spread it about the yard and left it there to dry. He did not stack it until it was in a dry condition. He denied negligence – Defendant was sworn, and said Miss Burton complained to him because her hay was not being led, and other people were leading. That was the reason why he led the hay when a small portion was damp. The hay, however, was strewn about in the yard, and was not stacked until it was in a condition for stacking. The Registrar held that defendant exercised fair judgement, and if it was error of judgement defendant was not liable for it. He gave a verdict for defendant with costs.

Lincolnshire Chronicle 4th November 1902
John Jackson aged 74, a cottager, Sedgebrook was summoned for trespassing in pursuit of game on land at Sedgebrook and further, with assaulting Charles R Ball, farmer of Sedgebrook at the same place.After hearing eveidence the magistrates considered it a frivolous case and dismissed the summons.

Nottingham Evening Post Sat 5 May 1934
Unlicensed Male Servants – Sedgebrook Officer’s 5 summonses At Spittlegate (Grantham) today Major G.C.Buxton, Sedgebrook Manor, Grantham was summoned for keeping 5 male servants, two grooms, a cook, a butler, and a house porter without licences, on March 27th. Mr J.C.B. Thompson for the defendant, pleaded guilty. A police officer said Major Buxton told him he had not thought about the licences. He said he spent a good deal of time abroad and he left a lot of his business to the bank. If the bank had not taken out the licences he was afraid they had been overlooked. Fines of 10s in each case, 50s in all were imposed.

Nottingham Evening Post Sat 3 April 1937
Farmer fined at Grantham. At Spitalgate (Grantham) today, Roland J Thorp, farmer, of the Manor Farm, Sedgebrook, was summoned under the Agricultural Wages Act for failing to pay the minimum rate of wages to three brothers, Ernest, Arthur and Robert Cuckson. Mr F Mallows from the Ministry of Agriculture prosecuted and Mr John Norton for the defendant, pleaded guilty to the six summonses. Mr Mallows said the question of arrears in wages had, subject to the magistrates approval been disposed of, and now he only asked for the imposition of a fine. All the men had been paid above the minimum rate, but they had not been paid sufficient to cover the overtime they worked. The Cucksons asked for that overtime to be paid but it was not paid and finally in November last they left. In regard to Ernest Cuckson the arrears due to him amounted to £3 6s 8d, to Robert Georg £10 and to Arthur £6.13s 4d and Mr Norton had handed him a cheque for £20 to liquidate those arreas. Mr Norton said that was a question of accumulation of small periods of overtime and he suggested that the matter might be dealt with by Mr Thorp paying costs. After considering in private, the chairman (Mr Cyril Greenall) said defendant would be fined £1 in respect of each man and he also would have to pay an advocate’s fee of £2.2s.

Nottingham Evening Post Mon 7th June 1943
Nottingham Visitor Stole a remnant and is fined. The theft of a remnant of art. Silk, value 10s 5d from Jessop & Sons, Ltd., was a charge brought at the Nottingham Guildhall today against Mary Elizabeth Drewitt, 22, a portress of Manor Farm Cottage, Sedgebrook, Grantham. She was fined £2. It was her first offence and it was said she belonged to a respectable family. Mr R A Young, prosecuting said that on Saturday the accused was seen to place the remnant into a shopping bag and attempt to leave without paying. When spoken too by a store detective she said she was very sorry, and that she had mean’t to pay. On being taken to the office she said “I did not intend to steal it, I meant to go the the counter and pay, as I have money and coupons”. Mr Young said it was true that she had money and coupons on her. The remnant was concealed in the shopping bag. Accused repeated in court that she had no intention of stealing the remnant.


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