FROM THE HALIFAX GUARDIAN OF 1863
submitted by John Alan Longbottom
Sessions, Thursday - John Sutcliffe, beerhouse keeper, Todmorden
and Walsden was charged with selling ale at Prohibited hours on
Sunday the 14th last and was fined 40s and costs.
Sessions Thursday - John Greenwood was charged with selling beer
at prohibited hours, on Sunday morning the 11th inst, but as he
had a good character for keeping an orderly house, he was discharged
on payment of costs.
- held at the Hare and Hounds Inn, Holme, before Mr. J. R. Ingram
deputy coroner, on the body of Sarah Greenwood, a child one month
old, of Betty Greenwood of Gate Bottom. On Sunday morning about
one o'clock, Mrs Greenwood took the child and put it to her breast
when the child appeared all right. At eight o'clock she found it
a corpse. Verdict - died from natural causes.
death - On Monday morning, at seven o'clock, Mr. Abm. Greenwood
of Flowerscar, was getting out of bed, when his wife saw him fall
back and instantly expire. Yesterday, an inquest was held on the
body at the Roe Buck Inn, Portsmouth, and a verdict of death from
natural causes returned.
- Magistrates Court, Saturday, before Abm. Ormerod Esq. David Sutcliffe,
of Langfield, labourer in a foundry, was charged with stealing from
the Lord Nelson Inn, a carving knife, a pair of stockings, and a
cap. William Fielden, the landlord said that the previous Saturday
afternoon the prisoner came into his house and called for a glass
of ale. He afterwards went out, and in a short time returned. Some
of the company saw stockings in the prisoner's pocket, and he (witness)
enquired of him where he had got them, to which he answered he had
bought them while he was out. Afterwards the carving knife was found
in his pocket. P.C. Stopford, apprehended the prisoner. When charged
with the robbery, the prisoner denied the charge and said they were
his own. Committed to the Sessions
Accident in a Clough - About three o'clock on Tuesday morning, as
the private watchman of Messers. Fielden was going his rounds, he
discovered the body of a man in Swineshead Clough. Being unable
to extricate him, he obtained the assistance of P. C. Turner, when
the man was taken out and found to be Mr. Thomas Crossley, of Gauxholme
ironfoundry. He was quite insensible and helpless. He was conveyed
to his residence, at Guaxholme, where he lingered in an insensible
condition until Thursday morning, when he expired. How the accident
happened cannot be ascertained. Deceased was 49 years of age, and
leaves a wife and four children.
Death - On Thursday, Mr. John Sutcliffe, farmer of Stansfield, aged
44, was found lying helpless in a fit at Waithplatts, at ten minutes
past ten in the forenoon by Mary Kershaw. He only breathed a few
times and then expired. He had been with a cow to Halifax, leading
it with a rope. An inquest was held yesterday evening at the York
Tavern, Langfield by Mr. Ingram, and a verdict of natural death
Sessions Thursday - Thomas Speak was charged by P.C. Sugden with
being drunk and disorderly on the 9th inst. About ten o'clock on
the day in question, defendant was caught by the police making a
great noise in the Lord Nelson Inn, Cheapside, and offering to fight
the landlord. Fined 5s and 10s costs.
on Monday, an inquest was held at the Queen Hotel before Mr. Dearden,
on the body of Mr. Thomas Crossley, who was found in a lifeless
state as reported in last week's Guardian. Several witnesses were
examined, but no evidence was produced to show how the deceased
came by his death. The last person he was in company with was James
Austin, mechanic of Salford, who left him at twelve o'clock on the
night before he was found. Verdict - died from injuries received
by a fall.
Sessions, Thursday - Samuel Barker of the Mason's Arms, Gauxholme,
was fined 5s for keeping drunken and disorderly company in his house
on the 19th ult.
of Guardians - On Wednesday the fortnightly meeting of the Board
was held at the Station House Inn, Bottoms.
Sessions - Thursday - Alleged Evasion of Toll.
Hanson of Bradford, was charged with attempting to evade the Roomfield
Lane Toll Bar, on the 26 th January. Defendant was coming towards
Todmorden with a wagon drawn by two horses, and when at the Shannon
Inn, about a quarter of a mile from the said bar, he took
out one of the horses and left it there, and afterwards passed through
the bar with one horse. It was proved by the defendant that the
horse was left at the said Inn for rest and refreshment, and not
for the purpose of evading the bar.
case was dismissed.
Township - A meeting of ratepayers of this township was held at
the Bay Horse Inn, Cross Stone, on Saturday last for the purpose
of electing a board of surveyors for the highways for the ensuing
Drowned - On Monday night, John William Hirst, son of Mr. Joseph
Hirst of Carr Green, went out to play, and as he did not return
home when expected, it was feared something had befallen him. A
search was instituted through the whole night, and on the following
morning he was found drowned in a clough near Carr Green, with his
- Yesterday afternoon week, Mr. Ingram, deputy coroner, held an
inquest at the Dog and Partridge Inn, Lumbutts, on the body of John
William Hirst, who was found drowned in Carr Green Clough. The particulars
appeared in last week's Guardian. Verdict - accidentally drowned.
Candlesticks - At the Magistrates Office on Saturday, before Abm.
Ormerod Esq., a labourer named Robert Sanderson from Walsden, was
charged with stealing two brass candlesticks, the property of Robert
Barker of Clough Foot, innkeeper, near Todmorden, on the 5th instant.
The case was proved by Lawrence Lord, of Clough House, son in law
of the prosecutor, and also by Ann Barker, servant in the house.
The prisoner was apprehended by P.C. Turner at Bacup, to whom he
acknowledged the theft. Committed for trial.
Sessions Thursday - Robert Cryer, innkeeper, of Walsden was fined
10s and 15s-6d for selling ale at prohibited hours on Sunday. The
defendant had a number of men in his house during the forenoon at
accident to a Child - On Thursday an inquest was held by Mr. Ingram,
at Railway Inn, Stansfield, on William Law, aged two years, son
of James Law, of Mitchell Street, Lineholme. On the previous Friday
the child fell down stairs in the house of Mary Stansfield, a neighbour
and the aunt, and became insensible, expiring on the following Tuesday
at home. Verdict - accidental death
Suicide - On Thursday night Fielden Greenwood, a young man residing
at Knowlwood, cut his throat very deeply. It appears that on coming
home from the mill, and after tea he went upstairs, while the rest
of the family were out, got a razor belonging to his father, and
cut his throat while sitting on the bed, There he was found by a
sister. Dr. Sutcliffe attended him, but gave little hope of his
- On Monday, an inquest was held at the White Lion Inn, before Mr.
Dearden, on the body of Fielden Greenwood, of Butcher Hill, Todmorden,
who died on Friday from injuries he had inflicted with his own hands,
particulars of which appeared in last week's Guardian. Verdict -
Sessions - Thursday A brewer at fault.
Bentley, of the Waggon and Horses Inn, Redwater Foot, was summoned
by the district collector, Mr. T. Gibson of Burnley, for an illegal
brewing on the 30th of May last. Mr. Gibson stated that between
eleven and twelve o'clock in the forenoon on that day he found a
brewing operation going on which had not been entered in the brewing
paper. Mr. Bentley told him that there was a mistake in the brewing
paper; it was not his intention to brew on that day, till his wife
came out of the cellar and said the casks were empty, and they must
brew. He knew that he should be acting contrary to Act of Parliament,
for he had a paper in the house which stated that he must give twenty-four
hours notice to the officer of excise before commencing to brew.
Mr. Stansfield appeared for the defendant, and admitted the offence,
but said there was no intention to defraud the revenue. Bentley's
wife had remembered that on the following Monday would be held the
Kebcote Fair, and their stock was not sufficient for that day. He
submitted that the case should be leniently dealt with. The penalty
of £200 was a high one; but the magistrates had the power
to reduce it to £50; for any further mitigation it would be
necessary to memorialise the Board of Inland Revenue. The bench
convicted the defendant in the penalty of £50, and at the
request of Mr. Stansfield recommended a memorial to be forwarded
to the said board, wherein it might be stated that they considered
£5 a penalty large enough.
Sessions - Thursday
a result of a fight between two brothers named Charlesworth, at
the Woodman Inn, Charlestown, the landlord was summoned for allowing
the fight. He was dismissed on paying costs.
Society - The usual monthly meeting of this society was held at
the White Hart Inn on Monday evening. Mr. A. Stansfield, senr. President
in the chair.
Sessions - Thursday.
House - The mistress of a beerhouse at Shade, known by the name
of the "Whisket" was summoned for permitting drunkenness
and disorderly conduct in her house on the 12th instant. She pleaded
guilty, but endeavoured to shew that the fault was not hers. Inspector
Heap, in reply to the bench said that the defendant kept a prostitute
as servant. Fined 10s and 10s expenses.
Foolish Squad - Five young men named , Ellis Sunderland, James Howarth,
Ephrain Greenwood, Young Greenwood, and Thomas Holt, who belong
to a society of their own origination, were summoned for being drunk
and disorderly, and kicking up a row and disturbance at the house
of Mr. N. Sutcliffe, Bay Horse Inn, Cross Stone, on Sunday last.
Evidence at great length was given against them by Mrs Sutcliffe
and other witnesses, shewing that there had been drunkenness and
fighting. The magistrates on
the first charges dismissed Ephraim and Young Greenwood and fined
the other three 40s each. Ephrain Greenwood, Young Greenwood, and
James Howarth were then charged severally with assaulting Robert
Dean of Cross Stone, between the hours of seven and eight o'clock.
Mr. Jubb was for the defence in this as in the previous and following
cases. The defendants were each fined £5 or in default each
two months imprisonment - Ellis Sunderland and James Howarth were
then charged with assaulting the constable. A witness in the foregoing
cases stated that his thighs were knocked black, his shirt torn,
and other parts of his dress injured in the row. The two were fined
£5 each on this charge. All the penalties were paid.
Sessions - Thursday
keeper of the Lord Nelson Inn was charged by P.C. 370 with selling
beer on Sunday week at half-past ten o'clock in the morning - Fined
1s and costs.
Sessions - Thursday
in Faults - John Kershaw. Keeper of a beershop at Walsden, known
as the Butchers' Arms, was summoned to answer three charges - first
allowing gaming in his house on Saturday the 3rd instant. Second
assaulting P.C. Stopford, and third assaulting P.C. Turner on the
same day. Fined 40s in the 1st case, and 20s in each of the others,
making with costs £5-10s-0d.
Lord of the Barrel - John Bentley of the Waggon and Horses Inn,
was charged with allowing company in his house at prohibited hours.
P.C. Tillotson stated that at a quarter to 12 he went into the house
and found the company hid among the ale barrels. The landlord said
he did not know about them. Fined 40s and costs of 8s and cautioned.
breaking - On Thursday at the magistrates Court Thomas Astin, Thomas
Nixon, and Thomas Seek, all lads from Knowlwood, were charged with
having broken into the beerhouse of Mrs Butterworth at Heyhead in
Langland. At half-past eleven on Sunday morning the house was entered
and the drawers ransacked. The prisoners were identified, but were
remanded for a week, until James Leek and William Whitehead, who
had been of the party, but had absconded, were apprehended. These
lads were taken at Bradford the same day.
- On Tuesday at the Wood Mill before Mr. Ingram, on the body of
Mr. John Foulds of Brook Street, whose body was found under the
following circumstances. Joseph Pickup of the Station House Bottoms
Inn, proved that he last saw Foulds at his house at nine o'clock
on Friday night. He was drunk. Joseph Walker of Brighouse said he
was in his boat at Burnt Acres Pool on Saturday morning when he
found the body of the deceased. It was evident the poor fellow had
strayed into the water and a verdict to that effect was returned.
Death - On Thursday, John Whitaker, blacksmith, called at the Shoulder
of Mutton Inn, Blind Lane, when he fell from the chair and expired.
Sessions - Thursday - Susannah Crabtree, of the Elephant and Castle,
Hawkesclough, 6s-6d expenses on a charge of allowing gaming on the
- Fatal Road Accident - On Monday the inquest was held at the Rose
and Crown Inn, Castle Street, before J.R. Ingram, Esq., deputy coroner,
on the body of Joseph Crowther Carter aged 78 [ or Joseph Crowther,
carter ] On Saturday a party of gentlemen had been out hunting,
and were returning home at seven o'clock, and rode up the road from
Eastwood at a quick pace. The deceased heard the tramp pf the horses,
and went, as he supposed, out of the way, taking shelter behind
a cart which was drawn up at one side of the road, near Castle Lodge.
The horse of Mr. O. Barker, manufacturer, came against him with
such force that he was fatally injured, and died at three o'clock
next morning. The inquest lasted from half-past four p.m. until
eleven o'clock, and ultimately resulted in a verdict of accidental
death the jury recording their opinion that Barker was not entirely
free from blame.
Sessions - Thursday
Harwood, beerhouse keeper, Meadow Bottom, was charged with allowing
dog fighting in his house. P.C. Tillotson, on Friday night, found
30 or 40 men in one room, watching two dogs fight. The landlord
was also looking on. Fined 12s and costs of 8s.
- On Saturday the inquest on the body of Greenwood Feltham, who
drowned himself in so deliberate a manner in the canal at Dobroyd,
was held at the Lord Nelson Inn. The evidence showed that for some
time deceased had been in a strange sort of mind, and a verdict
of temporary insanity was returned.
Death - Abraham Ingham, of Cobden, stonemason, was found dead in
bed on Sunday morning, about nine o'clock, by his wife and children,
who were just about to breakfast. An inquest was held on the body,
on Wednesday at the Black Swan Inn, when the verdict was died from