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Court Reports - Irchester

Northampton Mercury, 12th Sept 1846

Wellingborough Petty Sessions
Alleged Assault
Wm. Bailey, keeper of a beer-shop, at Irchester, stood charged with assaulting police constable Clark. According to Clark’s statement he was passing defendant’s house and saw two men lying drunk on the road in front; that he (Clark) ordered them to walk on, when the defendant came up to him and put his fist in his face, and used abusive language. Bailey in the most distinct manner denied this statement, and called two witnesses, who stated that Clark was the first to assault the defendant, by striking or shoving him, and that defendant did not put his fist in his face until Clark had assaulted him. Bailey was about to call other witnesses, when Clark expressed a wish to have the case postponed for a fortnight, when he hoped to be able to produce evidence to disprove the statement made by the witnesses for the defendant. The case was allowed to stand over accordingly. Chief-constable Goddard was present when it was heard.

Wellingborough News, 14th January 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wellingborough Police Court
Before Mr Stockdale (chairman), Mr Spencer Pratt, and Mr John Hill.
Begging—Robert Goati, a tramp, was charged by P.C. Thomas with begging in Irchester, on the 11th. inst. Prisoner told a very long, rambling story, and was ultimately sentenced to 21 days’ imprisonment.—Elizabeth Rusher was charged with begging by P.S. Newcomb, in Wellingborough, on the 12th. inst. P.S. Newcomb said that on Thursday evening he watched the defendant, and saw her beg at 13 or 14 shops. Upon being searched she was found to have bread and butter upon her enough to last four or five days, and 1s. 8½d. in money. She was sent to the House of Correction for 14 days.

Wellingborough News, 6th May 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wellingborough Police Court
Friday, May 5th. Before Mr. Spencer Pratt (in the chair), and Mr. C. J. K. Woolston.

BREACHES OF THE EXCISE ACTThos. Charles Hill was charged with keeping a dog without a license.—The mother stated that defendant had given her the money for the license, but owing to pressure of circumstances she had spent it.—Sergt. Newcomb said that he called at the house and found the defendant keeping a dog, for which he had no license.—The Bench dismissed the case on payment of costs, 7s. A fortnight allowed for payment.— Joseph Allen, who lives near the London and North Western Railway, in the parish of Irchester, was fined 5s., and 9s. 6d. costs, for a similar offence, the facts being spoken to by P.C. Thomas.

Wellingborough News, 12th August 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wellingborough County Court
The monthly sitting of the Court took place on Tuesday, at the Corn Exchange. About 130 plaints were entered for hearing, but most of these had been disposed of either by settlement or before the Registrar (Mr. G. H. Burnham). The remaining causes were heard before Mr. F. J. Bulley, deputy-judge.

JOHN MONK, corn merchant, Bozeat, v, JAMES WEST, baker, Irchester.—Mr. Archer appeared for the defendant. The plaintiff claimed £13 16s., the value of seven sacks of flour.—Mr. Archer said that defendant admitted receiving goods to the value of the amount claimed, but he alleged that the seven sacks delivered to him by the plaintiff were only part of an order of 20 sacks which the plaintiff had undertaken to supply. His position therefore was this that when the plaintiff had complied with his contract the defendant was prepared to pay. In reply to questions the defendant said that he was accustomed to buy 20 sacks at a time, and had done so previously from the plaintiff. He had paid for the last 20 sacks he had had from the plaintiff in a month or five weeks. The plaintiff denied this, and produced his ledger, showing that defendant had taken four months credit instead of one on the last lot of twenty jacks he bought from him. So far from agreeing to supply defendant with 20 sacks he expressly told him that he should not book more than seven—six seconds and one fine. He did this because he was not disposed to trust him with the larger quantity.—His Honour gave judgment for plaintiff, and defendant asking for time, an order was made for £1 a month.

Wellingborough News, 19th August 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wellingborough Police Court, Friday, August 18
Before Mr. Spencer Pratt, Col. Rawlins, and during a portion of the sitting Mr. C. J. K. Woolston.

THE CHARGE OF STEALING CLOTHES—Rosannah Butler, tramp, was brought up on remand charged with stealing a suit of clothes at Wellingborough, on August 7th. Superintendent Bailie said there was not sufficient evidence to sustain the charge, the prisoner was accordingly discharged.

WILFUL DAMAGE AT IRCHESTERAlexander Hyslip, William Hyslip, Alfred Bayes, and Richard George were summoned for doing wilful damage to the amount of 10s. to growing wheat at Irchester on the 4th inst.— Mr. T. B. Turnell spoke as to the damage done, and P.C. Thomas gave evidence as to the facts, and that there were constant, complaints of damage to growing corn.—The defendant George called Richard Ward to prove that he was at school at the time the offence was committed.—P.C. Thomas said that he was certain as to George's identity. The defendants were fined 6d. and 10s. 2d. costs in each case, and were cautioned as to their future conduct.

Wellingborough News, 9th September 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wellingborough Police Court, Friday, September 8. Before Mr. R. Arkwright (in the chair), Col. Rawlins, Mr. Spencer Pratt, Mr. N. P. Sharman, and Mr. C. J. K. Woolston.

DRUNKENNESSJames Nurrish was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Wellingborough, on the 15th of April. He was also charged with being drunk and assaulting the police at Irchester on the 3rd. inst. The first charge was proved by P.S. Andrews. Prisoner, however, had absconded after committing the offence in April, and had only recently returned to the neighbourhood. On Sunday last, however, prisoner was found in a state of intoxication by P.C. Thomas at Irchester, and on being apprehended he violently assaulted the constable, kicking him so severely that he is still suffering from the effects of the assault.—The Bench imposed a fine of 10s. or 14 days for each case of drunkenness, and passed a sentence of two months imprisonment for the assault. There were nine previous convictions on record against the prisoner for drunkenness, and one for larceny.

Wellingborough News, 25th November 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wellingborough Police Court, Friday, Nov. 24.
Before Mr. H. M. Stockdale (in the chair), Mr. N. P. Sharmam, and Lieut.-Col. Rawlins.

ASSAULT AT IRCHESTERBetsy Kemshead, Irchester, was charged with assaulting Mary Barringer, of the same place, on the 17th inst. The prosecutrix said that the defendant came into her house and abused her and said she should stay as long as she liked. Witness then got hold of her by the left arm to put her out, when defendant gave her a blow in the face, which resulted in a black eye. Amy Barringer corroborated. Defendant said she only held up her hand to ward off the blow, and prosecutor had been telling untruths. The Chairman said it would have been better if the case had been settled out of court, but as there appeared to have been an assault committed, and defendant would be fined 1s. and 10s. 6d. costs.

EDUCATION ACTThomas Laughton, of Irchester, was summoned for not sending his child to school regularly. A fine of 1s. was inflicted, with costs 4s.

Wellingborough News, 13th January 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wellingborough Police Court Monday, Jan. 8th.
Before Mr. C. J. K. Woolston.

BEGGING—James Roberts, tramp, for begging at Wellingborough, on the 8th inst., as proved by P.C. Hooper, was sent to gaol for 14 days.

Friday, Jan. 12.—Before Mr. R. W. Arkwright (in the chair), Mr. N. P. Sharman, and Mr. C. J. K. Woolston.
DRUNKENNESS AT IRCHESTERJames Nurrish, of Wellingborough, was charged with drunkenness and riotous conduct at Irchester, on the 11th alt. The facts were proved, by P.C. Thomas. Defendant having appeared to the summons, had been apprehended on a warrant. He now admitted the charge and there being previous convictions against him he was fined £1 and 17s. 6d. costs, or a month. Prisoner was locked up in default.

Wellingborough News, 10th February 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

Friday, Feb. 9.—Before Mr. H. M. Stockdale (in the chair), Mr. F. U. Sartoris, Mr. N. P. Sharman, Mr. C.J. K. Woolston, and Lieut.-Col. Rawlins.

THE EDUCATION ACTGeorge Passilow, Charles Carter, Charles Laughton, all of Irchester, were summoned for breaches of the Education Act. Mr. Packwood proved the cases. In Passilow's case an order was made; Carter was fined 6d. and 4s. costs; and Laughton was fined 1s. and 4s. costs.

Wellingborough News, 24th March 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins


ASSAULT CASESarah Clements, a young woman, of Irchester, was summoned for assaulting Sarah Bruerton, another young woman of the same village, on the 17th inst. There was a cross-summons. Bruerton stated that a dispute arose between herself and defendant, and the defendant struck her and "called her all the names she could lay her tongue to." A long wrangle took place between the complainant and defendant as to who struck the first blow, and evidence was given on either side by Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Cox. Defendant said complainant challenged her first, and it was admitted on both sides that after the first blow was struck a free fight ensued. The Bench thought the parties were as bad as one another, and dismissed the case.

Wellingborough News, 2nd August 1884, transcribed by Kay Collins

Friday, July 25.—Before Mr. Spencer Pratt (in the chair), Mr. N. P. Sharman, and Lieut. Colonel Thornton,

IRCHESTER SCHOOL CASESWilliam Luck, and Wm. Smith, of Irchester, were summoned for non-attendance of their children at school.—Mr. Wm. Packwood, attendance officer to the Wellingborough School Attendance Committee, proved the cases. Fined 1s. and 4s. costs. Fourteen days allowed for payment.

Wellingborough News, 9th August 1884, transcribed by Kay Collins

Friday, August 8th.—Before Mr. N. P. Sharman (in the chair), and Mr. C. J. K. Woolston.

ARREARSJohn Pitts, shoemaker, Wollaston, was charged with disobeying a magistrate's order to contribute towards the support of his wife, Mary Ann Pitts, at 6s. per week. The arrears amounted to £1 4s. The wife complained that when defendant brought her any money he insulted and abused her, and she felt in danger of him. The Bench cautioned defendant and ordered him to pay the arrears and costs amounting to £1 15s. 6d. within a month, the case being adjourned accordingly.

Wellingborough News, 11th October 1884, transcribed by Kay Collins

Friday, October 10th.—Before Mr. F. U. Sartoris (in the chair), Mr. N. P. Sharman, and Mr. C. J. K. Woolston.

OBTAINING MONEY BY FALSE PRETENCES AT IRCHESTERGeorge Wilson, alias Richard Lack, who appeared in the dock in regimentals, was brought up charged with obtaining 6s. by false pretences from the Rev. H. H. Slater, vicar of Irchester, on July 21st. The prisoner went to Irchester Vicarage and represented that he was recruiting-sergeant from Northampton, and that he was short of money and wanted to take some recruits back to that town. He asked for 6s., which Mr. Slater advanced to him. Prisoner gave his address as "Richard Lack, recruiting-sergeant, District General Staff, Northampton." Mr. Slater afterwards gave information to the police.—Colour-Sergeant Potter, of Northampton Militia, said the prisoner was a stranger to him, and had never belonged to that regiment.—Inspector Phenix arrested the prisoner on this charge on his release from Bedford Prison.—Prisoner, who reserved his defence, was committed to the Quarter Sessions next Thursday.

Wellingborough News, 18th October 1884, transcribed by Kay Collins

Tuesday, Oct. 14.—Before Mr. T. R. Bennett, deputy judge.

TERMS AGREED UPONJ. Chapman, Irchester, v, F. Ette, Rushden,—The plaintiff, who claimed £7 12s., was represented by Mr. Heygate, who said that the defendant had agreed to pay £4 down, and£3 12s. in a month.—Judgment accordingly.

Wellingborough News, 1st November 1884, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Winter Assizes for the counties of Northamptonshire, Beds., and Bucks, were opened at Bedford on Tuesday morning. The calendar contained the names of 33 prisoners, 15 of whom were from Northamptonshire.

Lord Chief Justice Coleridge took his seat at 11 o'clock to proceed with the trials of prisoners, and in his charge to the Grand Jury commented on the increase of crime in Northamptonshire.

ALLEGED MANSLAUGHTER AT IRCHESTER—Owen Humphrey (on bail), was indicted on the Coroner's warrant for the manslaughter of Jeremiah Jones, at Irchester, on July 12.—The Judge explained that, the Grand Jury had thrown out the bill on the Magistrates' committal, but it was necessary for the Coroner's warrant to come before the Court, ...

Wellingborough News, 28th January 1887, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wellingborough Police Court.
This Day - Friday, Jan. 28.—Before Mr. F. U. Sartoris (in the chair), Mr. R. W. Arkwright, Mr. N. P. Sharman, and Mr. C. J. K. Woolston.

A TECHNICAL OBJECTIONGeorge Crowson, stationmaster, Irchester, was summoned for cruelty to a horse, on Nov. 16th. In December last a carter named Desborough, in the employ of the Midland Railway Company, was fined 10s. and 10s. 6d. costs, in connection with this case, and as the horse was said to have been overladen it was considered the Company were to blame, and the station-master had accordingly been summoned. Inspector Brown, of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, prosecuted. Mr. Whitelock, Birmingham, appeared on behalf of the Midland Company, and took a preliminary objection to the summons. The Bench held that his objection was valid, and dismissed the case.

Rushden Echo, 25th March 1904, transcribed by Kay Collins

Frequent Fines for drunkenness and disorderly conduct have proved unavailing in inducing Joseph Course, and Irchester labourer, to turn over a new leaf. He was charged again on Friday at Wellingborough Police-court with a similar offence at Wellingborough on March 12. The evidence was to the effect that he was very drunk and using filthy language, and when spoken to became abusive. The Chairman said defendant had been fined often, but it seemed to do him no good, and he would now be sent to gaol for three weeks.

Rushden Echo, 8th December 1905, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wellingborough Police Court - This Day (Friday)
Before Messrs N P Sharman, E Sharman, J Claridge, R P Payne, J Brown, Owen Parker and Dr Clark.

Alexander Letts, Irchester, was charged with stealing a quantity of coal value 1/- at Irchester.—Evidence was given that the coal was taken from near a ploughing engine belonging to the Oxfordshire Steam Ploughing Co.—Defendant stoutly denied the charge, adding however that it was his first offence, and he hoped the Bench would deal leniently with him.—Sentenced to one month’s hard labour.

Harry Whitemarsh, Irchester, for drunkenness, was fined 5s and costs 4s.

Rushden Echo, 21 April 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins

Irchester - For a breach of the Lighting order, John George, manager of the W.M.C., was on Friday last fined 7/6.

Rushden Echo, 9th March 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Military AbsenteeWm. Bayes, a private in the 1/4th Northants Regt., of Churnwell-lane, Irchester, was charged at Wellingborough on Saturday with being an absentee from his regiment, stationed at Hatton Camp, since Feb. 12th. — P.C. Crisp said that since Feb. 13th he had been endeavouring to find and arrest the man. That morning he found prisoner in the house of Mrs. Fowler, and arrested him. — Remanded to await an escort.

Rushden Echo, 1st November 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wellingboro’ Petty Sessions (This day, Friday)
Before Messrs F Knight, E Parsons, G Henson, C Featherstonhaugh, G W Coles, W Bazeley, and A W Gent.

Percy Smith, shoehand, Raunds, was fined 10s for trespassing after rabbits at Irchester on Oct. 19.

Wm Robert Priest, Irchester, was charged with a like offence at the same place on Aug. 4.

John Newcombe, keeper on the Knuston Estate, said he saw the man with dogs and ferrets.—The case was adjourned to enable defendant to call evidence in support of his alibi.

Rushden Echo Friday, March 18, 1921, transcribed by Sue Manton

Wellingborough Petty Sessions – Friday last
Before Mr. Owen Parker C.B.E., Mrs. Heygate, Messrs. E.Parsons, W. Bazeley, Saddington, Allibone and Gent.

Robert Wm. Priest, Cannock, was summoned by his wife, who lives at Irchester, for a maintenance order. Mr. J. C. Parker, who appeared on behalf of the complainant, suggested an arrangement and after he had had a consultation with the defendant the case was adjourned for one month to give the defendant an opportunity of carrying out an offer to pay 30s per week.

Rushden Echo 9th September 1921, transcribed by Susan Manton

Wellingborough Petty Sessions
This Day (Friday)

Before Messrs Nunneley, A.H. Sartoris, Perkins, Sanders, Saddington, T. Patenall and R.P. Payne.

Ernest Bullbrook, Walter Abbott and Harold Clements, Irchester were summoned for trespass at Irchester on September 3rd. Mr. G.E. James said he saw three men setting nets in a spinney. The men ran away. Witness picked up 13 nets and a ferret, which was later claimed by Bullbrook. Witness identified defendants as the men. Defendants were fined £1 each or seven days.

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