6 July 1901
STEALING SHRUBS AND
PLANTS FROM RIVERSVALE, BARDSLEY
Two unkempt individuals, named William KING
and Benjamin BALL, were in the dock at the Ashton
County Police Court on Wednesday, charged with
stealing ferns and shrubs growing on the premises
of Mr C T BRADBURY, JP, at Riversvale, on June
Superintendent HEWITT stated that
on the date in question Miss WAINWRIGHT, who
was on a visit to Riversvale, was sketching
in the grounds and saw two men rooting up shrubs
in the grounds. She went and asked them what
they were doing there, and they said they had
got permission. She communicated with the gardener.
A constable subsequently found the prisoners
in a beerhouse close by and they said they had
been gathering the ferns along the riverside.
They were taken into custody. One of the prisoners
was at that court on May 13th 1899, fined 20s
and costs for a similar offence. Mr BRADBURY
felt strongly at having his shrubs uprooted
and carried away in this manner.
Miss Henrietta Maria WAINWRIGHT
said she a visitor at Mr BRADBURYs, Riversvale,
Bardsley. On Friday afternoon, about 2 oclock,
she was in the carriage-drive, and saw two men
pulling ferns or shrubs up from the ground.
She asked them if they had got permission to
do this, and prisoner KING replied "Yes".
A man came past with a cart and the prisoners
disappeared from view. Her suspicions were aroused
and she sent word to the coachman. Witness was
sketching at the time and she picked up her
materials and went away. She subsequently identified
KING at the police station.
George SADDLER, gardener at Riversvale,
stated that in consequence of a communication
made to him he visited a portion of the grounds
and found a quantity of ferns rooted up. The
value of the ferns would be about 5s. They cost
about £2 a hundred.
Charles Henry WOOD, under-gardener
at Riversvale, stated that about two oclock
on Friday afternoon he was in the garden, and
he saw the two prisoners in a field adjoining
Mr BRADBURYs grounds. They had a quantity
of ferns in a box and a basket. Prisoner BALL
said the ferns were advertised at 1s 9d a hundred.
It was only like a wild wood where they obtained
Constable HODKINSON deposed to
finding the prisoners at the Woodstock Inn,
Taunton. They had a box and basket of ferns
with them and had already sold some of them
to a man in the public house. Superintendent
HEWITT said there were six previous convictions
against BALL and 18 against KING for various
offences in different parts of the country.
The Chairman (Mr A E REYNER) said
that he could not congratulate the prisoners
on the way in which they were passing their
time. It was something disgraceful that able-bodied
men should have such charges against them. Prisoner
BALL: Not able-bodied. Im paralysed in
my right hand. Magistrates Clerk: You
can use the left it appears. Prisoners were
committed to gaol for three months.
ACCIDENT TO AN ASHTON
Another alarming cycle accident occurred on
Saturday evening to an Ashton young lady, Miss
Agnes Eleanor CROWE, pupil teacher at Gatefield
School, Ashton. Miss CROWE set out on her bicycle,
along with some friends from Droylsden, on Saturday
afternoon, to go to Altrincham. They arrived at
Altrincham, and had tea there. About 5.30 they
started for a ride round the district, and whilst
riding along a rather crowded part, Miss CROWE
came into collision with another bicycle ridden
by an elderly gentleman. Both riders were precipitated
to the ground, and Miss CROWEs leg was dislocated
by the gentleman falling on her. Miss CROWE rose
to her feet without assistance, and tried to walk,
but could not do so, and suffered considerable
pain. A lady and gentleman came along in a trap
and into this the injured young lady was lifted
and driven to the infirmary, not far distant,
where the limb was set. We are glad to hear that
Miss CROWE is progressing favourably.
BADLY DRUNK At the Police Court on
Thursday, Alfred BADDELEY was summoned for being
drunk on the licensed premises known as the Bridge
Hotel, King-street, on the 29th ult. He
pleaded not guilty. Constable TAYLOR stated
that at nine oclock on Saturday night, he
was walking in King-street and saw the defendant
ejected from the Queens Arms Hotel in a
drunken state. He ordered him to go home and he
went down King-street in the direction of the
Bridge Hotel. He followed him and found the landlord
in the act of putting him out at the middle door.
Defendant: I was chucked out before I got
in. (Laughter.) Fined 2s 6d and
On Thursday, at the Police Court, Mr Marshall
BARDSLEY, Lodge Hotel, applied for permission
to sell at the Stalybridge Cricket Ground on
the following dates: 6th, 13th, 20th, 22nd,
and 25th July, from 2 oclock to 7.30 pm.
Superintendent CCOOPER had no objection
and said that these bars had been generally
well conducted up to the present. Granted.
Mr Percy WALLWORK, Commercial
Hotel, applied for an occasional license to
sell on the Dukinfield Cricket Ground that (Thursday)
afternoon, on the occasion of a cricket match.
Pills v. Physic, on behalf of local charities,
by the medical men of Ashton, Dukinfield, Hyde,
Stalybridge and district. Superintendent
COOPER had no objection, and the application
SCHOOL BOARD PROSECUTION
On Thursday, at the Police Court, George
Henry GIBSON was summoned at the instance of
the School Board for a breach of the by-laws.
Defendant did not appear. Mr J ROBERTS,
attendance officer, informed the Bench that
eight weeks ago that day, the defendant, then
residing at 3 Pitt-street, was summoned in reference
to Robert, aged 12, for non-compliance with
an attendance order granted by the Bench last
year. On the 9th of May he was summoned for
a second non-compliance, and defendant was then
warned that unless the lad attended regularly
he would be sent away to an industrial school.
That warning he was pleased to say had had the
desired effect. During the adjournment the attendance
had been 50 out of 55. Under those circumstances
the Board asked the permission of the Bench
to withdraw the case. The person had now left
the district, and gone to live in Ashton.
LEAVING THEIR HORSES
At the Police Court on Thursday, David BARDSLEY
and Ernest WHITE were summoned for leaving their
horses an unreasonable time without anyone in
charge in Birch-lane on 4th June. They pleaded
guilty. Constable KENNY stated that at
10.15 on the morning of the 4th, he was going
along Birch-lane along with Superintendent COOPER
in his trap. When nearing the New Inn they saw
three horses and carts standing in the middle
of the road opposite the New Inn without anyone
in charge. He got out of the trap and went to
the New Inn where he saw the defendants drinking
at the bar. Defendants said they had
not been stopped many minutes when the police
drove up. In reply to Superintendent
COOPER, KENNY said one horse was drawn across
the road, and the passage was blocked.
Defendant said the horse shied because Mr COOPER
drove up at such a great speed. Superintendent
COOPER said there was nothing of the kind.
Fined 2s 6d for costs.
DUKINFIELD NOT CABLESS
Sir, - The writer of the paragraph in the
Reporter of Saturday last regarding Dukinfield
being cabless is labouring under a mistake, as
Mr John BEARD, undertaker, of 32 Birch-lane, is
also a cab proprietor, and is about to have a
stand at the junction of King-street and Astley-street.
Sergeant MUNROE, who for three years has been
clerk of the Hurst Police Station, is leaving
to take up similar duties at Skerton, near Lancaster.
The reason for his taking this step is illness
in his family. His removal will cause regret to
the constables and others who have come in contact
with him, as he has been very well liked for his
cheerful and obliging disposition, and he will
carry with him the good wishes of his friends.
Sergeant HALLIWELL, of Skerton, will succeed him.
ROUGH PLAY Two young
fellows belonging to Hurst Nook started to have
fun with each other on Wednesday evening. One
pulled the other about until they commenced
to wrestle, and the contest who should be master
became eventually rather more than play, and
resulted in one of them, named Arthur TURNER,
having his leg broken. He was conveyed to the
Infirmary in a spring cart.
BREACHES OF THE PEACE
Emma ALLCOCK was before the Ashton County Justices
on Wednesday, charged with committing a breach
of the peace at Hurst on June 1st. Defendant
said she was guilty of going to her own door
and ordering a drunken man away because she
had a child nearly dead. A constable
deposed to defendant shouting and using bad
language. Bound over in 40s to keep the
peace for three months. John KNOTT pleaded
guilty to committing a breach of the peace at
Hurst on June 13th, and was bound over in 40s
to keep the peace for three months.
SUDDEN DEATH OF A CHILD
On Friday, 28th June, an inquest was
held at the Church Inn, Hurst, by Mr J F PRICE,
on the body of Arnold STANSFIELD, aged 13 months,
the son of Joseph and Sarah STANSFIELD, of 202
King-street, who died at 4am on Wednesday, the
26th of June. From the evidence given, it appears
that the child had been very healthy from birth,
and on Tuesday night it was put to bed about
9.30pm, the parents following half an hour later.
It was then asleep and apparently all right.
At about 3.30am the mother awoke and found that
the child was ill. She took it downstairs and
told her husband to go for Dr HILTON. He did
so, but the doctor was not in, and on his return
the child was dead. Dr HILTON, who saw the body
at 8.30 gave it as his opinion that the child
died from convulsions. A verdict of "Death
from natural causes" was returned.
THE FIRE AT NEW MOSS COLLIERY
Sir, Seeing that the men thrown out
of work by fire are now appealing to the public
for help, the following facts may be of interest:
At the time of the fire there
were 1,000 men and boys employed at the colliery.
The number now employed is about 300. Some of
the remaining 700 have obtained employment elsewhere,
but as most collieries are working short time,
the majority are still out of employment.
These men, when working, have
always been ready to help others in distress,
in proof of which I may say that in 13 months,
from November 29th 1899 to January 3rd 1901,
in addition to carrying a very useful sick and
accident club, they subscribed about £400 (£397
17s 1d) to the war, Indian famine, and sick
Although the pits have been re-opened,
the damage underground is of such an extent
that it will be weeks before more men can be
employed, and unless help is obtained from the
public, there must soon be a good deal of distress.
I feel sure, however, that the public of Ashton
and district, in knowing the facts, will readily
help these men out of their temporary difficulty.
T H WADSWORTH
General Manager, New Moss Colliery Limited,
Audenshaw, near Manchester
Joseph ALCOCK, of Mossley-road, wishes us
to state that he is not the Joseph ALCOCK who
was charged with assaulting the police.
ASHTON SWIMMING CLUB
The members handicap of two lengths, which
took place in the Ashton Swimming Baths on Thursday
night, resulted as follows: - First prize, value
£1, C KERSHAW; second, 12s, H SCHOFIELD; third,
7s 6d, A TAYLOR; and fourth, 5s, J RATCLIFFE.
FLOWER SHOW On Sunday
last a flower show was held at the house of
Mrs LOMAS, Star Inn, Cotton-street. There were
15 competitors, and some very good blooms were
shown. The judge, Mr Silas HOWARD, awarded the
prizes as follows: 1, 5s, George LEE;
2, 3s, S HUDSON; 3, 2s, T EATON.
COLLAPSE OF A BUILDING
While the workmen were engaged in demolishing
the building recently occupied by Mr Enoch TURNER,
Stalybridge-road, Ashton, on Wednesday afternoon,
the front portion of the building, which had
been left standing, collapsed and fell into
the roadway, smashing the railings in front
of the house. The roadway was clear of pedestrians
at the time, and no one was injured.
WATERLOO AND BARDSLEY
GAMING A youth named Wm RYAN was before
the Ashton County Justices on Wednesday, charged
with gaming at Waterloo. Defendant pleaded
not guilty. The case was proved by a constable
who stated that he saw the defendant gaming in
Back Gordon-street. Fined 5s, or seven days.
On Monday afternoon W JONES, of Waterloo, and
George KAY, of Bardsley, opposed each other
in a game of 51 up on the green at the rear
of the Dog and Partridge Inn, Waterloo, for
£20, JONES receiving six start. A fair company
witnessed the match. KAY was favourite at the
start, and won by six points. The green
at the Commercial Inn, Butler Street, was surrounded
by spectators on Saturday to witness W H ANDREWS,
of Waterloo, and W INMAN ("Tidy"),
of Butler Green, play 81 up for £40. ANDREWS
was favourite at 6 to 4 on at the start. INMAN
began well by scoring the first three, and reached
10 to ANDREWS 3, and at half-time the
scores were 41 to 30. On resuming ANDREWS improved
much on his play and peeled at 79. The finish
of the game was exciting, ANDREWS winning by
HYDE BOROUGH POLICE COURT
ASSAULT IN CHARLES-STREET James PURCELL,
of Charles-street, was charged on remand with
assaulting Emma FRITH, ring spinner, of 10 Charles-street,
Hyde, was proceeding along Charles-street when
she saw prisoner get hold of his wife. Prosecutrix
went to her assistance when prisoner ran after
her and kicked her at the bottom of the back.
Prosecutrix went unconscious and could remember
nothing for a long time afterwards. She was not
subject to fits. Dr T WATTS attended her and she
had to remain in bed until the previous afternoon.
She had done nothing to provoke him. Prisoner
said he was drunk at the time nothing about the
Catherine FRITH, mother of the
last witness, stated that at 9.30 on Wednesday
night she heard screams in Charles-street and
on looking round she saw his wife on the floor.
She afterwards saw him hit someone, but at the
time she did not know it was her daughter. Subsequently
she discovered it was her daughter who went
into a fit. Prisoner kicked her but in her opinion
it was through fright that her daughter lost
consciousness. Sarah Ann HALL deposed
that it was she who hit prisoner on account
of the way he was abusing his wife and he must
have thought it was prosecutrix who hit him.
He hit FRITH on the head with his fist and she
dropped to the ground and he then kicked her.
Prisoner who had been before the court five
times previously, for drunken and disorderly
conduct was fined 10s and costs in 14 days.
Frederick BUMBEY, of Mottram-road, was summoned
by Elizabeth T BUMBEY of 8 Walker-lane, for
arrears of maintenance amounting to £2 19s 6d.
An order was made upon the defendant on the
16th May for him to pay his wife 8s per week
and he had only paid her 9s. He was sent to
gaol for 14 days.
A CARELESS CARTER
Henry HITCHEN, of Stalybridge, a carter, was
charged with being drunk and disorderly, whilst
in charge of a horse and cart at four pm on
the 1st inst in Ashton-road, Newton. It was
stated that the defendant was drunk and asleep
and riding with the reins loose in the cart.
He was fined 5s, and costs.
THEFT OF BILLIARD BALLS
Joseph POLLITT, of no fixed abode, was
charged with stealing three billiard balls on
the 13th March belonging to Mr J
D MORLEY, of the Commercial Hotel, Hyde. The
Chief Constable said that prisoner was arrested
the previous afternoon and was very deaf and
having regard to his careworn condition he asked
for the case to be dismissed.
BAILEY, of 21 Catherine-street; Harry FINCH,
12 Read-street; Fred KEYWORTH, 9 Bredbury-street;
William ADSHEAD, 13 Cooper-street; George BENNETT,
16 Russell-street, Kate PEACHER, 56 Charles-street;
Samuel BURGESS, of 36 Wood-street; James CONNOR,
of 7 Union-street; Albert DAVENPORT, the Lumb;
Harry ELLIOTT, 17 John Shepley-street; and Elizabeth
METCALFE, 12 Sandhill-street, were summoned
for not sending their children regularly to
school. Mr RAWSTHORNE stated that in
each case he and his colleague had done their
best to get the defendants to send their children
regularly to school, but their pleadings had
been to no avail. The cases of ADSHEAD
and KEARNS were adjourned for a month and all
the other defendants were fined 6d and 4s 6d
A NAMELESS ENGINE
Thomas KEARNS, 59 Ashton-road, contractor, was
charged with not having his name and address
painted on his traction engine. Defendant
pleaded not guilty, and said that there was
a name on the side and back of the engine.
Chief Constable said he had seen the engine
and the name was totally invisible. The defendant
had often been cautioned by the police and every
time he gave a lot of impudence. The
case was dismissed on payment of costs.
ALL THROUGH A SCOTCHMAN
Mary EDWARDS, of Beech-street, a married
woman, was summoned by Sarah CHATTERTON, of
33 John-street, also a married woman, for assault.
Complainant stated that on 28th June
defendant came to her door and said "By
, if tha goes out tha husband
will be murdered." She came altogether
about four times, and complainant tried to pacify
her, but could not do so. The last time she
came to the door she hit the complainant and
knocked her almost insensible. She had never
given her any provocation. William EDWARDS,
husband of the last witness, gave similar evidence.
The defendants story was that on
the day in question a Scotchman called at her
house and told her that Mrs EDWARDS had told
him not to leave anything with her as she was
living away from her husband. She did not hit
the complainant, but would have done had complainant
been a younger woman. Ellen MELLOR, of
27 John-street, gave evidence in favour of the
defendant. Fined 2s 6d costs.