18 May 1901

We have been favoured with the loan of a Stockport Advertiser published in the year 1827. It contains the report of a meeting of the inhabitants of Stalybridge and Dukinfield, held on October 23rd, in the Weslayan Methodist Sunday School, Dukinfield, to consider the propriety of applying to Parliament for a Police Act, in which should be included a market.

The chair was occupied by Mr William HAMPSON, and amongst the speakers we note the once familiar names of Mr David CHEETHAM, Mr Aaron LEES, Mr John HARROP, Mr HARRISON, Mr Ralph OUSEY, Mr ADSHEAD, Mr BINNS, Mr James BAYLEY, Mr John CHEETHAM and Mr John VAUDREY.

On behalf of Dukinfield, Mr Aaron LEES opposed the scheme because he deprecated the idea of dividing Dukinfield, and no Act should be obtained to take a market out of Dukinfield. Mr BINNS was in favour of the market. Mr ADSHEAD made some observations on the price of meat, and said he was acquainted with a highly respectable farmer, who had informed him that he offered a quantity of sheep to the butchers in Stalybridge, but could not obtain more than 41/2d per lb for them, sinking the offal, and that he was in consequence obliged to kill them himself, and bring them to market, and obtained 51/2d per lb. At this, the report says a butcher cried out, "Yes, but there’s some difference between 40’s and 100’s twists," meaning there was some difference between fat and lean meat.

Eventually, a resolution was passed to obtain powers for establishing a market within the Police Act, and that Messrs WORTHINGTON and NICHOLLS be appointed solicitors for obtaining the Act.

A correspondent, commenting upon the above meeting, writes to the same paper 73 years ago: — "The township of Dukinfield forsooth must be dismembered to join Rassbottom and Staley at a Police Bill; was ever a junction so unnaturally formed, three villages in two different counties and three different parishes, and to swallow the Police Bill they are to participate in all the advantages arising from a new market, intended to be held in a field between Mottram and Stalybridge. Dukinfield, by far the most populous and increasing of this tripartite coalition, can never consent to such a system of police jobbing; the time cannot be far distant when Dukinfield, in size and population, must rank as a considerable manufacturing town, and when this takes place they will then act as they think proper for their own government."

Police Court Sequel

James BORSEY, of Duke-street, Ashton-under-Lyne, was brought before the County magistrates at Hyde on Monday, charged with furiously driving a horse and trap on the Woodhead-road, Crowden, on Sunday, the 12th May.

Constable DUDLEY said he was standing near his home in Woodhead-road about five o’clock p.m. on the date named, when he saw defendant driving a horse and trap at a furious pace, and shouting at the horse and thrashing it with a whip. A short distance in front of defendant was a wagonette and defendant was evidently trying to pass it. He was driving in a most reckless fashion and several times nearly collided with the wagonette. He continued to drive in that fashion and thrashed the horses unmercifully up hill and down.

There were two or three other people in the trap beside the defendant, and they were holding on to the side of the conveyance. A short time afterwards, the witness received information of an accident having occurred, in consequence of which, he proceeded to the Angel Inn, Woodhead. Defendant was pointed out to witness as the man who had caused the accident, the nature of which was a collision between defendant’s and another man’s conveyance. Witness at once told defendant he should report him for furious driving. In answer to Superintendent COOPER, witness stated that when defendant passed him, the horse was travelling at a rate of 15 or 16 miles an hour.

Defendant: The horses cannot do six miles an hour; it simply shied, and I hit it with the whip.

Joseph WHITTAKER, a steam crane driver of Crowden, deposed that when defendant passed him he was flogging the horses unmercifully. He was going at the least 12 miles an hour up the hill.

Ernest BOARDMAN, saddler’s apprentice, of George-street, Glossop, said he remembered Sunday, the 12th May. He had been driving to Woodhead with his mother and two sisters and on returning, he saw defendant coming along at a furious pace, driving on the wrong side of the road. He seemed to be coming at about 16 miles an hour. Witness tried to drive out of his way but was unable to do so and a collision took place. Which resulted in witness’s conveyance bring much damaged.

The magistrates considered their verdict and fined defendant 20s.


Daniel BINGS pleaded guilty at the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday, to committing a breach of the peace at Audenshaw on April 29th, and was bound over in the sum of 40s to keep the peace for six months.

NO LIGHT ON VEHICLE — At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday, Samuel WARRINGTON was charged with having no light on his vehicle at Audenshaw on April 25th. — Constable TAYLOR proved the case, and as defendant had been up twice, he was fined 10s and costs, or seven days.

CHARGE OF OBSTRUCTION — Samuel HOWARTH and James WORTH, employees of the Denton Colliery Co., were before the Ashton county justices on Wednesday charged with obstruction at Audenshaw on April 29th. — Evidence was given by a constable of defendants allowing their horses and carts to stand an undue length of time outside the Blue Pig, Audenshaw. —Defendants pleaded guilty, and were fined 1s, and costs.

DENTON EXPLOSION FUND — Some of our readers will no doubt remember that some time ago, in a letter received from Ted RICHARDSON from South Africa, it was stated that if there was a fund got up for the benefit of the sufferers from the explosion at Wilson’s hat-works, Denton, he would be pleased to subscribe 10s to it. We are pleased to state that the money has arrived, and has been handed over to the proper quarter.

MOTHER AND SON IN TROUBLE — Caroline ATKINS and William BAKER were before the Ashton County Justices on Wednesday, charged with committing a breach of the peace at Audenshaw on April 28th. — ATKINS pleaded not guilty and BAKER guilty. — A constable stated that at 9.45 on Sunday night, April 28th, the two defendants were in Guide-lane, Audenshaw, shouting and swearing at each other and causing a crowd of people to assemble. Another man was wanting to take the female defendant into the Pack Horse Inn. — Defendant ATKINS said her son caught her by the shoulder and wanted to restrain her. — Defendants were bound over in the sum of 40s to keep the peace for six months.

DEATH OF MR JOHN BRADBURY — Many of the inhabitants will be surprised to hear of the death of the above named gentleman, which took place at Southport on Monday. It appears that he had gone to Southport to visit his wife who had not been enjoying the best of health for some time, and had been sojourning there in one of the homes to see if it would benefit her. Whilst on this visit, he became seriously ill and died very unexpectedly. Stoppage of the bowels is stated to have been the cause. Only last Sunday week, he was walking in the procession of the M.N.C. scholars, and was then apparently in his usual state of health. He was of a very quiet and retiring disposition and highly respected. His remains arrived at Hooley Hill on Wednesday, and the interment takes place to-day (Saturday) at Guidebridge Church.


The usual service was held on Sunday in the Co-operative Hall, Mr BELLAMY presiding. After the opening hymn the Rev. C B COLE of Newton offered prayer, and also read the lessons. Miss Bessie LAWTON of Dukinfield gave two solos, "Angel Land" and "He shall give His angels charge." The Rev C B COLE delivered a splendid address, keeping his audience spellbound.

INTERESTING MARRIAGE — The marriage of Miss E HIGGINBOTTOM, daughter of Mr J HIGGINBOTTOM, farmer, Dukinfield, to Mr John JONES of Stalybridge, took place on Thursday last at St John’s Church, Dukinfield. The Rev Mr CALTHROP officiated. The bride was given away by her brother, Mr James HIGGINBOTTOM, of Audenshaw. After the ceremony the party returned to the residence of the bride’s father, and the remainder of the day was spent in social enjoyment. The happy couple have been the recipients of many useful presents.

DOG AT LARGE — At the Police Court on Thursday, Joseph SIMPSON was summoned for allowing a dog to run at large without muzzle or collar bearing name and address of owner engraved thereon. — Defendant said he was with the dog, but it belonged to his sister. — Constable TAYLOR stated that at 3.10 on Sunday afternoon he was in Town-lane and saw defendant with a dog. On speaking to defendant about it, he said "It’s a bit of a caution in I canno bring a dog out without being stopped." — Fined 1s, including costs.

FRIENDSHIP INN FIELD NATURALISTS’ SOCIETY — The monthly flower show for members only took place on Sunday last and the prizes were awarded as follows: 1st Peter WOLLEY, 2nd and 3rd Charles BANCROFT. In the evening, the usual monthly lecture was given by Mr J BOWKER of Hyde, subject "Forest trees and their uses." A large variety of specimens were shown and explained in a clear and intelligent manner, and was enjoyed by a full attendance of members and friends.

At the Police Court on Thursday, Edward THORPE and John George HULTON were summoned for gaming by playing at pitch and toss in Furnace-street on the 12th inst. — Constable MOTTERSHEAD stated that at three o’clock on Sunday afternoon he was on duty in King-street. He went on to the Alma Bridge, and on looking along the river side, he saw defendants and another youth playing pitch and toss. He saw money tossed up and exchanged. Witness went up Cooper-street and succeeded in catching the defendants. — In reply to the Bench, the Chief Constable said the defendant THORPE had been up once before for gaming, and cautioned. — A fine of 5s and costs was imposed upon THORPE, and HULTON was fined 2s 6d without costs.

Dukinfield met Royton in the Central Lancashire League competition, at Dukinfield, and as the visitors had easily defeated Stalybridge on the previous Saturday, a very good number of spectators were attracted. For the fourth time in succession the Dukinfield skipper was unlucky in the spin of the coin, and Royton batted first on a wicket that gave very little assistance to the bowlers. INGLEBY and HOLDEN opened for the visitors, to the trundling of CASSLEY and H HOBSON, and the score mounted apace, until at 195 for six wickets the innings was declared. The principal contributors to this total were INGLEBY (35), HOLDEN (30), DIXON (26), JONES (not out 52), and CHARNOCK (29).

Dukinfield set about the task of wiping off the score in a vigorous manner, though they made a bad start, losing one wicket for none, and two for one; but SCOTT and SMITH stopped the rot, each playing steady cricket and hitting 28 and 30 (not out) respectively. The feature of the innings, however, was the vigorous batting of CASSLEY, who, though only in about eleven minutes, scored 31, when attempting a run, he unfortunately fell, and lost his wicket. SAGAR soon ran up 15, and A WILLIAMS scored 10 not out. Time intervened with the score at 133 for seven wickets. Dukinfield will this week oppose Stalybridge with the same team as last Saturday.


James WRIGHT was fined 1s 6d and costs for using a vehicle without having a light attached.

STREET FOOTBALLING — Four youths named Frank DEMOND, Joseph BRIDGE, William BRIDGE and Henry BUTTERWORTH were summed for playing football in Union-street to the danger and annoyance of passengers. They admitted to playing upon a piece of spare ground. — Constable said the ball was kicked into Union-street and people were obstructed. — Fined 5s each for costs.

A young man named Thomas DUNN was summoned for assaulting James HITCHIGSON, landlord of Gibbons Vaults, on 2nd inst. — Complainant stated that he was stood in the vestibule of his house when defendant passed him as though he was going into the house. All at once, he found himself in the middle of the street. He asked defendant what he had done that for. He rushed at him with his fist. He guarded the blow and stepped back. Defendant said. "I will pull you ——— whiskers off." He did not know the man before that, and had not seen him.

Defendant said the complainant was stood in the doorway, and he remarked, "There’s hair," — (laughter) — and touched him under the chin. He did it for a bit of a lark, that was all. The Chief Constable said defendant had been up eight times before for various offences. The last time was a year ago when he got 12 months for unlawful wounding. — The Clerk; You have only just come out, and as soon as you do so, you are not content but must go about stroking people under the chin, and pushing them about the street. — Defendant: I did not know he had anything to do with the public-house. — The Clerk: That does not matter. Whatever you did you had no right to do. — The Chairman: You will have to go down for a month without the option of fine.

Boy Sent to an Industrial Schoo
At the Ashton Borough Police Court on Monday, before Messrs W ANDREW (chairman), James POWNALL, T HALLAM and T D SEEL, a number of parents were summoned at the instance of the Ashton School Board for contravention of the Education Act.

John GEE was summoned for neglecting to provide education for his child, Andrew. — Mrs GEE appeared and said at the school where the lad went to, the teacher caned him very much, and he was not in good health. — The Clerk: What school does he go to? — Mrs GEE: "The Mission." — Mr MARSLAND: She means Charlestown Independent. I apply for an order that the child attend school. — The Clerk told Mrs GEE that if there was any undue aversity at school, she could make her complaint to the School Board. — The required order was made and Mrs GEE was informed that if the lad did not attend school regularly, he would probably be sent to an industrial school for three or four years.

Edward HARRISON was summoned for not causing his son Fred, aged 10, to attend school. — Defendant said he could not get him to go. — Mr MARSLAND said the attendances were 39 out of 96. The new by-laws had had received the sanction of the Education Department and were now in force. The Clerk: Instead of the fine being limited to 5s, the magistrates can fine parents not exceeding 20s, including the costs. The fact of the by-laws coming into operation has been posted all over town and handbills have been delivered to every house.

The defendant has been up and fined twice, and been before the committee dozens of times. — Defendant: I have tried my best to send him to school. — The Clerk: Has he no mother? — Defendant: Yes, but she is away somewhere. — Fined 10s including costs. — The Clerk: It will cost you more than that if he goes to an Industrial School. — Defendant: I shall put him in your hands if there is any more bother.

Arthur MILLWARD was summoned for a breach of an attendance order in respect of his child, John William, aged 13. — Defendant said John William was a bad lad and wanted to be sent away. He kept being sent to school, but would not attend. — The Clerk said when the order was made, defendant was told that the lad would very likely be sent to an Industrial School if he did not attend. — Mr MARSLAND informed the Bench that an attendance order was made in 1899, and the lad went tolerably well for 12 months. In March 1901, defendant was summoned for a breach of the attendance order, and the child attended 13 weeks.

The Clerk asked the boy if he wanted to be sent away to an industrial school, but he was sullen, and would not make any reply. He (the Clerk) went on to say that he had been told that boy might have been brought before the Court upon a very serious charge. He had going to one or two places in the town and getting money from them to get them coke. He got 2s from one gentleman in the town, and he never brought the coke. He got some more money from another tradesman in the town for the same purpose, and went and spent the money.

"Was that true? — Boy: Yes, Sir. — That is stealing, isn’t it? Yes. — And you know you are liable to be sent to prison for it? Yes, Sir. — The magistrates decided that he must go to an industrial school until he was 16 years of age.

On Saturday, members and officials of the Crompton Urban District Council, which includes the ancient parish of Shaw, together with 24 school children, selected from the six Voluntary schools in the district, and other witnesses, walked the boundary, a distance of eleven miles, to determine (in accordance with an old custom) and preserve a recollection of the extent of their jurisdiction, to see no encroachments had been made, and that the landmarks, such as heaps of stone, hedges, trees, oak or iron boundary posts, or lettered iron plates, had not been taken away or obliterated.

Streams and water lodges were crossed, housetops and porches of houses were passed over, and at Grains Bar, one of the bedrooms of the King’s Arms Inn, was walked through. This house stands in two counties and three townships. Each of the 24 schoolboys were presented with a new 1901 shilling. At intervals along the route there were old English sports, and the prize-winners were recipients of new 1901 pennies. Two little schoolgirls also walked the boundary.

An Echo of a County Court Case

At Ashton Borough Police Court on Monday, John Thomas KENNEDY, cooper, Mill-lane, was summoned for using obscene language in Portland-street and assaulting Constable BRATT whilst in the execution of his duty on the 8th inst.

Constable BRATT stated that at 11.30 on the night in question, he was on duty at the corner of Portland-street and Stamford-street when the defendant came out of a chip shop and stood against the wall. As witness passed him, he said: "Will you have one?" and he replied "No, thank you, I don’t eat them." He then began to use some very bad language, and said if he could push one down his sanguinary throat, he would do so. Witness went on his beat round by Catherine-street and Oldham-road to Stamford-street.

In the latter thoroughfare, defendant came up to him, used some more beastly language, and finished up by striking him on the head with his umbrella. Witness had been subjected to the defendant’s annoyance for two years when he sued witness in the County Court to recover £50, but he lost the case. He had challenged him to take his clothes off and fight him.

Mr HATON: Did you say you had made it cost him £50 and you would make it cost him £100? No. He said he would make it cost me £100. — Did you accuse him of being drunk? I told him he had had drink. — Why didn’t you lock him up? I told him I would deal with him in another manner. — Did you use any bad language? No. — Did you tell him to kiss a certain portion of your anatomy? No. — Do you remember another constable coming up and KENNEDY asking him if he was drunk?

The Chief Constable: He is not charged with being drunk. — Mr HATON: Never mind; did not the constable turn on his heel and walk away? — The constable did not know the man had used bad language. — What officer was it? Constable MORTON.

(Unfortunately, my photocopy of this story ran out at this point, so I can’t tell you the outcome — Ed)

Chase By A Policeman

Walter MILLER was in the dock at the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday, charged with having committed an aggravated assault on Eileen GANNON, at Waterloo, on May 14th.

The complainant, a single young woman, formerly living at the Convalescent Home, High-street, Rochdale, stated that on the 14th inst., she was walking from Rochdale to Ashton. When she got to Waterloo she went up Wood-lane to have a sit down in order to rest herself. Prisoner came up to her and asked her if she would give him twopence. As he was a stranger she asked what she must give him twopence for, whereupon he knocked her to the floor, and commenced kicking her. He said he would make her give it him. She screamed for help.

Mrs HAMER, Waterloo, stated that on Tuesday afternoon, the 14th inst., about four o’clock, she was in her house in Gordon-street, and on looking through the window she saw the prisoner behind a hedge, kicking the complainant. Witness shouted out to him and he walked away.

Constable HAMER, Waterloo, stated that the complainant came to him and complained of having been assaulted by the prisoner. Blood was running down her face from a wound over her right eye. Witness went to Wood-lane and was informed that a man had jumped over a fence and run up a clough. Witness went in pursuit and saw the prisoner crawling through a hole in a hedge. He crawled after him, and succeeded in capturing him, and took him to the police station. On charging the prisoner with assault, he said, "I am innocent; she took 11 1/2d out of my pocket.

Prisoner said he was going up Oldham-road on his way home when he met complainant, who asked him if he was going to sub her. He told her he only had 1s 2 1/2d. He gave her 2d to get a drink. She followed him as far as Kelly’s Walk, and she said she would go where he went. She made a pretence of putting her arm around him, and took 11 1/2d out of his pocket.

Inspector HUMPHRIES said that the prisoner had 10 previous convictions recorded against him. Prisoner was fined 21s and costs, or 28 days imprisonment, with hard labour.
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