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George Henry Skinner

Northampton Mercury Saturday April 21st 1877, transcribed by Susan Manton

Diseased Meat

The commissioners of Sewers of the City of London desire to call attention to the following Report from their solicitors, received on the 10th day of April instant, in the hope that, by the Publication of the same, Persons resident in the country may be warned against the Commission of such offences. In several cases of a like character, Judges and Magistrates have, on Conviction, sentenced the offenders to Imprisonment for six months and even for Twelve months, and Penalties of £40, £50 and £200.

“To the Commissioners of Sewers of the City of London.
Church Court Chambers,
Old Jewry,
London, E.C. 10th April 1877


I beg to Report, that in pursuance of your instructions I have taken proceedings against ‘George Henry Skinner’ a butcher of Rushden Northamptonshire, for sending Meat to the London Markets, for sale as human food, the same being unwholesome and unfit for the food of man.

The case was heard at the Guildhall Justices Room before Alderman McArthur M.P. on the 23rd March last, who fined the defendant £13 3s (Fine £10 and costs 3 guineas)

I have etc
A. J. Baylis
Sewers Offices, Guildhall,
By order of the Commissioners of Sewers of the City of London.
Henry Balke, principle clerk.
London April 12th 1877

Rushden Echo, 24th May 1901, transcribed by Kay Collins

Swine Fever—At Wellingborough, on Friday, Mr. G. H. Skinner, butcher, Rushden, was summoned for a breach of Swine Fever Infectious Area Order by causing pigs to be moved from an affected area into the parish of Rushden on April 24th. He was further charged with a breach of the Order on April 29th.—Defendant admitted that there had been an infringement of the order, and expressed regret. He pointed out that the pigs were brought along the bridle road and did not touch the highway in the county.—Supt. Alexander said he believed Mr. Skinner had done all he could to prevent the pigs coming in contact with others.—The Bench did not take a serious view of the case, and inflicted a fine of 10s. and costs.

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