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The Wenlock Advertiser
to Broseley and District
Broseley Local History Society
7th <= span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'> January 1882
BEGS to thank the Inhabitants, as above, for their kind Patronage to her late Husband for 36 years, as Repairer, Manufacturer, deal= er in Umbrellas, &c., and also begs to inform them that the Business will = be carried on, and work done in the best style of workman hip as formerly. Mrs= . Shipton, having he heard that tramps are going about representing themselves as relatives to her late husband, asking for work, makes it known that he has no relatives at all connected with the trade.
These sessions took place on Friday last week, at the Guildhall, before the Recorder, Alfred Chichele= Plowden, Esq. The grand jury were composed as follows:—John Doughty (foreman), Jackfield; Thomas Trevor, Madeley; Edward Deakin, Much Wenlock; Thomas Jukes, Cote= s, Much Wenlock; Richard Franks, Madeley Road, Iron-bridge; George Gough, Coal= port; Richard Jones, Madeley; Thomas Rowe, Park Street, Madeley; Frederick Chubb, Lincoln Hill, Ironbridge; Samuel Nevett, Madeley Road, Ironbridge; Enoch Hewitt, Coalbrookdale; Joseph Henry Robinson, Madel= ey; Edwin Bates, Madeley Green.
The Recorder was accompanied on the Bench by Ralph Ben= son, Esq.
The charge was very short, and referred only to the ca= ses to be dealt with. True bills were returned against all the prisoners.
Sarah Sumnall was charged = with having, on the 6th December, stolen two pair of trousers from the shop door of Mr. = John Deakin Dicken, at B= roseley. Mr. Spearman (instructed by Messrs. Phillips, Osborne, and Thorneycroft) of Shifnal, appeared for the prosecution.
Abraham Beaman said that o= n the 6th of December, as he was standing near Mr. Dickens's shop, he saw the prisoner take a pair of trousers from a board at the door of the shop, put = them under her shawl, and walk off. He at once acquainted the assistant, Mr. Lew= is, and they went after her. She denied having seen the trousers, but they were seen under her shawl, and Mr. Lewis took them from her. Lewis found another pair upon her, and she was given into custody.
P.C. Brew spoke as to his apprehending prisoner.
The prisoner, against whom there were several previous convictions, did n= ot deny the charge.
She was sentenced to twelve calendar months hard labou= r.
The monthly meeting of this Board was held on Wednesday evening at the Town Hall, the meeting being made s special one to consider = the water question. There were present—Dr. Thursfield (chairman), Messrs.= H. P Denial, R. Instone, R. Barton, J. C. W. Lister, H M. Bathurst, R. Rushton; Mr. Owen Harries, clerk; Mr. J. Ledger, surveyor; Mr. G. Stevenson, inspect= or of nuisances.
The first business was the consideration of the water question, but the Board were unanimously of opinion that it was useless to discuss the matter till the supply from the Main Fault had been gauged and analysed, the analysis supplied with the report of the Committee at the last meeting having been but a very cursory one. After some conversation the com= mittee were empowered to hire an engine and pump to empty the trial shaft and gauge the flow and to submit a sample of the water to Mr. Blount, the county anal= yst.
Mr. Lister produced the report of the committee appoin= ted at the last meeting to enquire into the best and most economical way of lighti= ng the public streets. It was read by the clerk, as follows:-
Gentlemen,—Your commi= ttee have commenced their enquiries as to the most efficient and economical mean= s of lighting the public lamps. We hay pleasure in reporting that since the commencement of our enquiries considerable information is visible in the lighting of the district. We are making careful enquiries as to the cost and quality of the gas supplied in neighbouring towns, the result of which we h= ope to give more fully in our report. In the meantime, we are arranging (with t= he assistance the directors of the Broseley Gas Company) for an experimental trial of the most approved system of gas lighting.—We a= re, &c,
J C W Lister
The Chairman remarked that the lighting had certainly = been better since the last meeting. He also stated that two lights at Jackfield = the other evening were not lighted, and in reply to Mr. Lister as to whether he knew if they had been put out by boys, he said he did not know, but he saw = that to save the trouble of carrying a ladder the Jackfield lighter took four or five boys round with him, who "shinned" up the posts and lighted = the lamps, which he thought was calculated to give them an idea of putting the lamps out, and rubbed off the paint.—Mr. Burton: Besides wearing out their trousers.—The Chairman (laughing): The Local Board hasn't to pay for it.
Mr. Lister promised to look after this matter.
Mr. Lister also asked if the Clerk had received answer= to his inquiry as to the legality of the members who are shareholders in the G= as Company voting at the last meeting.
Mr. Harries read the letter he sent and the reply, whi= ch was to the effect that members who were interested in any matter should not vote upon it, and that though the Local Government Board was willing to give any information to the Local Boards they could not undertake to be their legal advisers. In this case it was the opinion of the Local Government Board that the members were interested and should not have voted.
Mr. Lister remarked that it was only an opinion expres= sed, and they were not prevented from voting—they were all entitled to the= ir opinions.
The memorandum of agreement for the purchase of the Bo=
from Major General Jenkins of=
acre of land, portions of the Duckhouse and
It was also decided that the Clerk should write to sev= eral architects asking for plans and estimates of the necessary walls, frontage,= and mortuary chapel.
The Clerk was also directed to make enquiries as to the terms on which the money (estimated at £1000) could be raised so as to make the repayment run over a series of years.
Mr Dunnill introduced the question of a good road to Jackfield in connection with the cemetery, a matter which has previously be= en discussed.
Some conversation ensued from which nothing resulted.<= /p>
A consultation took place as to the repair of the towi= ng path road at Jackfield, which is the only means of approach, the Chairman remarked to the larger portion of the population of Jackfield, who would ha= ve something to do to carry on if it were not for Messrs. Maw's private road.<= /p>
In the course of conversation it was suggested that the Jackfield committee should do what they thought necessary, but Mr. Dunnill remarked that through the instrumentality of a member of the Board the surv= eyor had been surcharged for the same matter and it was not likely the Jackfield committee would lay themselves open to a surcharge.
Ultimately it was decided that a committee of the whole Board should visit the spot, which was declared to be impassable, and see w= hat should be done.
It was reported that the balance in favour of the Boar= d was the amount of the rate which it was calculated could be collected was £42, and the liabilities £74, and after conversation it was dec= ided that the Clerk should issue the necessary notices for a 10d rate at the next meeting.
In reference to the rate the Chairman said it was in t= heir power to pass a resolution reducing the amount of the rate to be paid to one half on cottage property, the rate to be paid whether the cottages were occupied or not. This would give them a much better idea of the amount they could realise by a rate, and be more satisfactory. He begged to propose a f= ormal resolution to this effect.
Mr. Instone seconded, and it was carried unanimously.<= /p>
There was no other business of public interest.
Mr Clayton pointed out that unless Mr Poole attended t= he present meeting the seat would be vacant.
The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr Poole.
This was all the business.
14th January 1882
A house to house canvas has been made to get the opini= on of each householder in Broseley and Jackfield respecting the stopping the sale= of intoxicating liquors during the whole of Sunday. Number in favour, 568; against, 59; neutral, 149.—Communicated.
STEALING WEARING APPAREL. &=
Mary Ann Roper, 17, was brought up in custody charged with stealing wearing
apparel, the property of her mother, Sarah Roper, tripe-seller, Broseley
Wood.—Prosecutrix said she was not marrie=
prisoner was her daughter, and was 17 years of age. She lived with witness =
took the articles in question last Saturday evening. There were two black
jackets, a hat, and other articles. She took them to Mrs. Harrison's, a rag=
bone merchant, who was a very bad woman, and wanted the girl to go to
21st January 1881
STREET ACCIDENT.-On Wednesday last, as Mr. and Mrs. Ma= w, of Barratt's Hill, were driving down High Street, a little girl, named Sarah H= ill, attempted to cross the street in front of the pony carriage, and was knocked down. Dr. Thursfield happened to be passing at the time, and jumped out of = his carriage; but the girl seemed determined not to require his services, for she struggl= ed to get free, and "bolted" home as fast as she could, only receivi= ng a severe shock. The affair quite upset both Mr. and Mrs. Maw.
RAILWAY EMPLOYEES DINNER.-On Monday evening last the a= nnual dinner subscribed for by the customers of the Great Western Railway served = from the Ironbridge Station took place at the Station Inn, when an excellent din= ner was well served up by Mr. and Mrs. F. Davies, the host and hostess. The cha= ir was occupied by Mr. Coldicott, stationmaster, a= nd the vice-chair by Mr. Hudson, agent for Messrs. R. T. Smith and Co. and the com= pany numbered about 20. After the removal of the cloth the usual loyal toasts we= re given, as was also " the Great Western Railway Co.," " Messr= s. R. T. Smith and Co.," " the trade of the district," which was stated to be improving, &c. Songs, &c., were given by the " railway men," and a very enjoyable evening was spent. The health of the Host and Hostess was enthusiastically drunk.
WORKING MEN’S INSTITUTE— On Monday lasts
dissolving view entertainment was given at the above institute by Thos
Lawrence. The entertainment comprised views in
Deep sorrow and grief prevailed in this town and surro=
district on Thursday last when the news spread with quick rapidity that one=
its most respected townsmen had suddenly expired by an attack of apoplexy w=
caused the bursting of a blood vessel in the head, not withstanding that the
aid of experienced medical men were quickly in attendance and every effort =
forth to save the life of this honoured gentleman, all efforts were in vain.
This sad occurrence has given rise to wide-spread grief and sorrow. The dec=
daring life was eminently respected and esteemed. There was a courteousness
that characterised him throughout all his dealings which declared him to be=
gentleman of the highest type. In the privacy of his own home he had exhibi=
the same urbanity, the same thoughtfulness, which marked him before the pub=
In business circles he was also held in high repute and beloved and respect=
by his workpeople in his capacity of managing director of the Broseley Tile=
Company, formerly Mrs. P. J. Thorn's, his business abilities eminently fitt=
him to discharge his duties with extraordinary precision and energy. Our lo=
charities have lost in him a generous benefactor and the poor a kind and
devoted friend. In the Council Chamber, in which he held a seat for the
Broseley Ward, he was highly respected, and although never taking a promine=
part in public matters his wise counsels and advice were esteemed of great
value. As a member of the Broseley Local Board he ever took a deep interest=
watching over the interests and welfare of the ratepayers, and was most
assiduous in his attention to the business of the Board. In religion the
deceased was a staunch churchman, and was for upwards of twenty-three years
ELECTION OF TOWN COUNCILLOR- A vacancy having been occasioned in the Town Council of Wenlock by the lamented death of Mr. Bathurst, Mr. George Maw applied for the suffrages of the burgesses of the ward. Being the only candidate, he was duly elected on Thursday last at the Guildhall at Much Wenlock.
WESLEYAN MISSIONARY MEETING.—On Thursday evening the annual Wesleyan Missionary meeting was held in the cha= pel, when there was a good attendance. Addresses were delivered by the Rev. J. B= ate, the Rev. J. Aldington, and other friends. The annual mission sermons will be preached on Sunday by Mr- Thomas and the Bev. J. A. Aldington.
The funeral of this much lamented gentleman, whose dec=
it was our painful duty to chronicle last week, took place on Saturday last=
a new vault in the parish churchyard. It was desired by the family that the
funeral should be as private as possible, but every token of respect was sh=
by the inhabitants, shutters being put up and blinds drawn all over the tow=
The deceased's residence being so close to the church, the coffin was carri=
by workmen of the Broseley Tileries Company. The mourners were Mrs. Bathurs=
Mr. W E Bathurst, Miss Bathurst, Mr. H. Bathurst, Mr. Hughes (Liverpool), t=
Rev. H S Berry (formerly curate of Broseley), and among the large number of
tradesman and others present we noticed Dr. T G Thursfield, Master
Thursfield, Mr. Heron. Mr Gear, Mr. Councillor Lister, Mr. E W Shorting, Mr. R Insto=
Mr. S Instone, Mr. Wiggins. Mr. J and Mrs Burton, Mr. J Doughty, Mr.=
Beard, Mr Preston, Mr. Randell, Mr. Marlin, Mr.
Warren T Jones, Mr. G Smith sen., Mr. G Smith, =
Mr. W Francis, &c., &c.. The burial service were performed by the Rev. G Fleming
SUNDAY SCHOOLS.- On Saturday last a treat was given to= the children attending the Sunday School connected with St. Mary's Church by the Rev. E Lloyd Edwards, Rector of the parish. The children were regaled with = tea, plum cake, &c., and various games were got up for their amusement. At t= he close each of the children were provided with an orange and a bun, and the happy children were dismissed to their homes. In the Christmas week, the Re= v, Mr. Edwards gave a supper to the junior members of the choir, and entertain= ed his juvenile guests in his usual happy manner.
FORESTRY.—The quarter= ly meeting of the Ironbridge and Broseley district of the Ancient Order of Foresters was held on Monday evening at the Duke of Wellington Inn, Jackfie= ld (Mr W Hill's). There were present—Mr W Edwards, C.R.; Mr I Thompson, S.C.K.; Mr W Hartshorne, secretary; Mr Aquilla Evans, secretary; and the de= legates from the several courts. It was resolved, on the motion of Mr H Roberts, seconded by Mr Hurdley, that the next committee meeting should be held at the Lion Hotel, Broseley, on February 6th, to rec= onsider the juvenile rules now in operation. The remainder of the business was of routine character.
4th February 1881
The usual rent audit dinner of Lord Forester's Broseley Estates took place at the Lion Hotel, Broseley, on Thursday afternoon. The audit we understand was of a satisfactory character, the reductions which h= is lordship made for several years being repeated as previously, in accordance with the circumstances of the several holdings. After the audit the tenants= to the number of about 120 sat down to dinner, in the club room at the Lion, w= here a capital spread was laid upon the table by Mr. and Mrs. Instone. T. H. Thursfield, his lordship's steward, presided, and among those present were = Mr. Councillor Roden, Mr. Walner (Willey), Mr. Dixon (Barrow). Mr. S. Metre (The Quatt), Mr. W. T. J= ones (Benthall), Mr. G. Davies, Jun. Mr. F. Davies, Mr. James Meredith, Mr. T. R, Burroughs, Mr. L. Doughty, Mr. Norgrove (Rowton), Mr. W. Davies, Mr. Broadhurst, Mr. Raby, Mr. T. Rushton, Mr. R. Page, Mr. Joseph Garbett= , Mr. S. Hill, sen.; Mr. Hiram Lloyd, Mr. Hiram Hill,= Mr. Haughton, Mr. J. B. Nevett, Mr, Hinsley (Forester's Arms) Mr. W. Jones, Mr. Henry Burnet (Shrewsbury), Mr. Hinberry (Coppice House), Mr. R. Aston, Mr. Burnet, j= un.
The usual loyal toasts were given from the chair and d= uly responded to.
Mr. Roden said by the permission of the chairman he wo=
allowed to propose the next toast, that of the health of the Right Hon. Lord
Forester. (cheers). The name was a household wor=
this borough. They knew how well to appreciate his lordship's conduct in the
high pressure to what they had lately been subjected. His lordship's name
deserved to be handed down to posterity—would certainly live in the
memory of those present while they lived. He had come forward nobly and una=
to relieve them, and they were living witnesses of the fact. (cheers). The house of Willey had always been foremost =
borough. A member of the family had always represented them in the House of
Commons and in the House of Lords. Willey had been the desire in bye-gone d=
and he believed it was now in the minds of some to do away with the House of
Lords, but if they did =
could only say that if the House of Peers was done away with, down would co=
the British constitution, and they would never get another to equal it.
Mr. Meire proposed the hea= lth of the Dowager Lady Forester, whose kindness among them was known and well rem= embered. (loud cheers).
Mr. F. Davies proposed the health of C. T. W. Forester= . He wished there was a few more families like the Foresters in the county, and = it would be better for them. He referred to the exertions of Lord Forester for some years in the promotion of the Severn Valley Railway, by which they were able to put their better goods in competition with other counties to their = very great advantage (cheers).
Mr Roden next proposed the health of the Chairman, who= m they all very much respected. Good servants, it was said, made good masters, and good landlords always had good agents The speaker laughingly referred to Mr Thursfield having successfully appealed against the income tax, and spoke of the respect in which he was held in the district (The toast was heartily drunk).
The Chairman, in responding, said it was perfectly tru=
Mr Roden had said that a good landlord made a good agent, for they could not
have a good agent unless they had a good landlord. Mr Roden had referred to=
having had a remission of income tax, and he was keeping his accounts very
close to see if he could not have remission next year. He thought many of t=
did not keep their accounts sufficiently close to go before the commissioner
and perhaps many of them did not care to balance in fear of finding themsel=
on the wrong side; but be hoped with good reasons they would be able to find
the balance on the right side in the future. Mr Davies had spoken of the
efforts of the Willey family in promoting the trade of the district but he
might say that people had got so used to it that they did not notice it, wh=
a new man coming into the district and spending one-half, or perhaps one-ei=
of the amount, was considered to have done a very area deal (hear, hear). T=
speaker then referred to the question of a railway to Broseley and said tha=
had paid much attention and gone to much trouble over the matter. He did not
think they could get a useful line from the Severn Valley on account of the
gradients, if it had been feasible it would have gone last autumn and a line
from across the river would be too expensive to carry, but there was a sche=
to carry line from Wolverhampton through Bridgnorth to Craven Arms, and if =
were carried out they would probably obtain a line, and he thought it would
place them in communication with most of the centres of population to which
they desired direct access. Perhaps they would allow him to say a few words=
the question of agriculture as most of those present were farmers. They had=
very bad times lately and other trades had declined in consequence, but if =
agricultural position improved other trades would do so in proportion. It w=
proposed to help the agriculturalists by legislation but he did no anticipa=
great results from that, they must help themselves and not trust to Mr
Gladstone. Referring to the Farmers'
Mr Burnet suitably responded.
Other toasts followed, and a pleasant afternoon was sp= ent by the company.
LECTURE AT THE WORKING-MEN'S INSTITUTE.—On Tuesd=
evening last a lecture, entitled, "A talk on
Ven. Archdeacon Cobbold, =
of Ross, and formerly rector of this parish. The chair was occupied by A. M=
Esq., Mayor of Wenlock, and there was a fair attendance. The lecturer, who =
fur many years a missionary in China, first described the geographical posi=
of the Celestial Empire, and referred to a number of characteristics of this
wonderful nation, and then referred to the Opium Question. He remarked that
opium was very largely and very usefully taken in this country in many form=
and for many purposes, but that in
CHURCH MISSIONS.-On Sunday last the Ven. Archdeacon Cobbold, M.A., Rector of Ross, and formerly Rector of this parish, preached morning and evening to very large congregations on behalf of the Church Mission. The offertory in the morning= was devoted to the Church Missionary Society and that in the evening to the Soc= iety for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. The total collection was £10.
WESLEYAN FOREIGN MISSIONS.—On Sunday last the an= nual Wesleyan Foreign Missionary sermons were preached in the chapel, the annual meeting having been held in the previous week. The preachers were Mr. Thomas and the Rev. J. A. Aldington. The congregations were large, and the results satisfactory.
ENTERTAINMENT.—On Wednesday last an entertainmen=
given in the Town Hall in aid of the funds of the Coffee House, which was w=
attended. Mr. E. T. Smith, of
The monthly meeting of the Board was held on Wednesday evening last, at the Town Hall. There were present :—Dr. T. G. Thursf= ield (chairman), Messrs. H. P. Dunnill, Peter Jones, R. Instone, R. Rushton, and= J. C. W. Lister; Mr. Owen Harries, clerk, Mr. G. Ledger, surveyor.
After the minutes had been read, the Chairman proposed= a vote of condolence to the wife and family of the late Mr. H. M. Bathurst, a memb= er of the Board. In proposing the resolution the chairman remarked that the deceased gentleman's business abilities and private character were so well known that it needed no eulogium from him in proposing the resolution, as t= he members present had also had the advantage of his advice and assistance in = the conduct of the business of the Board.
Mr. Dunnill seconded the resolution in appropriate ter= ms, and it was supported by Mr Lister, and carried unanimously.
The Clerk read a number of letters he had written to architects and agents for advancing money on public works. The matter was t= aken in committee form, and generally the plan of Mr. Haddon, of Malvern, for the erection of a mortuary chapel, was approved, and his suggestions as to the boundary wall taken into consideration, the matter being left over for furt= her communication with Mr. Haddon. As to the advance of the necessary funds, the Clerk was instructed to write to Mr. Valentine Robinson as to an advance of from £1,000 to £1,400, for fifty years, to be repayable by instalments, the whole bearing interest at 4 percent.,<= /span> with £25 for law and other expenses.
Some conversation took place as to the slip near Jackf= ield Church, and sundry proposals were made, such as the formation of a new road= , to which objection was made that it would not provide for the wants of persons beyond the line of the slip, who had to pay the rates. It was stated that t= he plan of Messrs. Maw would not at all be likely to succeed, as the ground was falling away from the pillar, which it was also stated could not stand. Ultimately it was decided that a committee of the whole Board should visit = the spot and see what could be done.
The General Improvement Committee reported that they h= ad contracted for the scavenging of the streets at £18 10s. for twelve months, being 80s. less= than last year.
The new rate of 10d. in the £, which had been duly posted, received t= he official sanction and seal of the Board.
A letter was read from Mr. George Maw, stating that he= had bought and partially demolished an old cottage on the Quarry Road and offer= ing to set back the boundary for the improvement of the road by making it strai= ght at this point, and offering the Board the old material to make good the boundary. The Board expressed their full appreciation of Mr Maw's gift, and after a consultation with the Clerk on the authorities found they were able= to take advantage of it, and the offer was accepted.
Mr. Lister proposed, and Mr. Rushton seconded, a vote = of thanks to Mr. Maw which was carried unanimously.
Mr. Lister remarked that this would be a very great improvement, and if they only gave them time the Board would become popular with the ratepayers. (laughter.)
The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr Maw asking him= to do the necessary work, the cost of which would be refunded by the Board.
It being found that it was necessary to elect a member= in the place of Mr. Bathurst, deceased at this meeting, Mr. Lister proposed Mr= . E. Roden, Benthall, and the nomination was seconded by Mr. Instone. Mr. Ruston objected to Mr. Roden as a non-resident and a small ratepayer, and proposed= Mr. J. A. Exley, who was seconded by Mr Jones.
On being put to the meeting, Mr. Lister and Mr. Instone voted for Mr. Roden, and Messrs. Rushton, Dunnill, and Jones for Mr Exley, = and the latter was accordingly declared elected.
Mr. Lister wished it to be known that he had not the slightest objection to Mr. Exley, and did not know he was to be proposed, a= s he understood he would not stand, but thought Mr. Roden had a claim on the ratepayers.
There was no other business of public interest.
MESSRS. MAW'S NEW WORKS.—We<= /span> are very pleased to hear that the long-projected new works of Messrs. Maw a= nd Co., Benthall Encaustic Tile and Majolica Works, will shortly be commenced.= We understand the last day for the reception of tender was Tuesday last, and t= hat there is great competition for the execution of the work, which, from its extensive character, must occupy a considerable time for erection. A vast quantity of material has already been made on the site, to which a new road= has been made, and into which a siding from the Great Western Company Severn Va= lley Railway runs. The erection of the works will give an impetus to the trade of the district, which we sincerely hope may be kept up afterwards, to the advantage of Messrs. Maw and the welfare of the neighbourhood.
11th February 1882
MARRIAGE OF MISS HARRIOTT POTTS.—We have great
pleasure in recording in our usual column the marriage of Miss Harriott Mary Potts, daughter of the late George Pott=
Esq., of Broseley, with Mr. Allan Gow McGregor,
eldest son of James McGregor, Esq., of Aldenham
Abbey, Herefordshire, which took place on Thursday week. The ceremony was p=
at St. Margaret's, Westminster, by the Rev. F. Frost, M.A. (Wadham
College, Oxford), assisted by the Rev. Canon Farrar, D.D. (Rector). The bri=
was attended by eight bridesmaids, and was given away by E. B. Potts, Esq.,=
Broseley, and the best man was Kirk Wood, Esq. The bridal pair are spending the honeymoon in
FIRE.—On Monday afternoon about four o'clock a l= ittle boy named Edward Haynes pushed a lighted match through the letter hole in t= he shop window of Mr Wright, stationer. &c., destroyin= g a quantity of valentines and other stock. The boy is only nine years o= ld. Fortunately there was someone in the shop, as from the fury of the flames t= he house would probably have been set on fire.
BOROUGH POLICE COURT.- Tues= day
Before A. Maw (Mayor),
William Thomas, charged by = P.C. Brew with being drunk and disorderly at Broseley, on January 14th, fined 20s and 10s costs.
George Edwards was charged by P.C. Steadman with being= disorderly and refusing to quit the Forester's Arms Inn, on January 24th. Mr Instone, = the landlord, and the officer gave evidence as to the offence, but the Bench dismissed the case.
A DISPUTED CASE OF DRUNKENNESS.—George Watson was charged by P.C. Steadman with being drunk and disorderly at Jackfield, on January 14th. —The officer's statement was that he heard a great nois= e, and found defendant with his upper clothes off ready to fight. At the same = time another man was led away by other persons present.—Defendant said the= officer's statement was quite correct as to his being stripped, but he and some frien= ds, who were going to do some "Christmas singing" at Jackfield, were late, and one of the persons they were to meet having got too much beer, be= gan to "haggle" him, and struck him several times, when he threw his music books on to a wall, pulled off his coat, and told the other man if he= did not leave off he would make him. Just then the policeman came up, and the o= ther man went away.—John Griffiths and Edward Southern, who were called for the defence, said the defendant was sober.—The Bench, in dismissing t= he case, remarked that the defendant's excitement might naturally have been ta= ken by the officer for drunkenness.
A WINDFALL.- A Mrs. Cockshall, wife of a labouring man residing here, has=
an intimation that a relative residing at
18th February 1882
THE BURIALS ACT-The first interment under the Burials = Act took place here on Sunday, the officiating minister being the Rev. S. Evans. The deceased was a packer in the employ of the Benthall Company. Everything passed off orderly and quietly.
BROSELEY PROVIDENT SOCIETY.-The following report of th=
Society, established 1850, has just been published: President, The Right
Honourable Lord Forester; Trustees, The Hon. and Rev. Canon Forester, The R=
George Lamb, John Pritchard, Esq., William Nicholas, Esq. Treasurer, William
Nicholas, Esq. Committee: The four Trustees above named, Mr. George Baker, =
Henry Williams, Mr. James Maiden, Mr. George Langford, Mr. G. H. Wilde, Mr.
James Williams. Stewards: Mr. William Williams, Jun., and Mr. Michael Evans=
. Auditors, Mr. Isaac Watts and Mr. George Davis. Surgeo=
Mr. Bartlam and Dr. Thursfield. Clerk: Mr. Geor=
Abstract of the treasurer's account for the year ending=
31st December, 1881; Receipts-Balance in favour of the society, 31st Decemb=
1880, £1421 6s. 4d.; entrance fees,
£0 0s. 0d.; contributions for sickness,
£83 3s. 3d.; ditto surgeons, £16 4s.=
0d. ; ditto forfeits, £1 2s. 2=
ditto funeral of member's wife, £4 2s. 0d.;
WORKING MEN'S INSTITUTE.- On Monday evening last Mr. T= homas Parker, of Coalbrookdale, delivered his lecture on "Illustrations of Practical Chemistry and Electricity," in the Mission Room, Broseley Wo= od. There was a good audience. The chair was occupied by T. H. Thursfield, Esq.= The usual votes of thanks were given at the close of t= he meeting.
25th February 1882
BOROUGH PETTY SESSIONS. —Tuesday. Before A. Maw, Esq (Mayor). T. Instone Esq., and Captain Wayne.
TRANSFER.—The licence= of the Black Swan Inn Jackfield, was transferred from Miss Cu= llis to Mr E H Harris.
A SQUABBLE IN THE WORKSHOP.—Edwin Boden charged William Tench with assaulting him at Broseley, = on the 16th inst.—From the evidence of complainant, which was corroborated b= y a lad named Edward Nickless, it appeared that on = the day in question defendant told complainant that his tiles were pressed too = soft, some words passed between them when defendant struck complainant twice, knocking him down each time.—Defendant alleged great aggravation.—The Bench inflicted a fine of 5s. an= d 11 s costs, or 14 days.
SETTING FIRE TO A SHOP . —Edward Haynes, a little boy about eight years of age, was charged by P.C. Brew with setting fire to the shop of Mr Wright, watchmaker and statio= ner, at Broseley, on February 6th.—From the evidence of Mr Harry Wright it appeared that on the afternoon in question he was in the shop and heard a noise, and found the whole of the valentines in one side of the window in f= lames, which mounted to the ceiling of the shop He tore them down as soon as possi= ble no damage being done to the woodwork; the damage to the stock was 2s 6d. He= did not see who did it—The boy said an older boy named Heighway told him what to do and gave him the match, which he put through the "cotter" hole —After some deliberations, the Bench allowed = the case to be withdrawn on the payment of the damage and costs, amounting to 1= 3s. 6d and the lad's mother promised that he should be punished in accordance w= ith his age and state of heath, they being unwilling to hand over so young a ch= ild to be whipped by a policeman. The Mayor also gave the boy a severe lecture, telling him that persons had often been put upon their trial for their lives for such and offence, and that be might have caused the destruction of the = house, sad perhaps the lives of the inmates.
THE BRICK AND TILE TRADE.—Th= e staple industries of this town and district are in a very depressed state, = and with little or no prospect of a change. Immense stocks are on hand which are being daily increased rather than deprive the hands of employment.
EMIGRATION.—The emigration season has already commenced here, and the number of "void” houses will be speedily increased, unless the people to be employed at Messrs. Maw's new works at J= ackfield find shelter here for a time.
THE QUARRY ROAD.—We have great pleasure in beari= ng witness to the improvement in this road, caused by the purchase of an old cottage, and gift to the Local Board of its site on the Quarry Road, by G. = Maw, Esq. If the corner near the bottom ware "rounded straight," and t= he awkward corner at the top done away with, as it easily might, Broseley would have another good approach as a carriage road, independent of the visionary " Paradise " spoken of by a contemporary.
VAGRANCY.—At the Police Station, on Friday last, before the Mayor (A. Maw, Esq.), W. Jones was brought up in custody of P.C. Steadman, charged with begging on the previous evening. The charged was pro= ved by Mr. F. Davies, of the Station Inn, whom prisoner threatened to strike wh= en refused alms. He was sentenced to seven days' hard labour.
ANOTHER TRAMP. - Thomas Smi= th, a tramp, was brought before G. Maw, Esq., on Monday, charged by P.C. Brew wit= h begging at Broseley. He was sentenced to seven days' hard labour. We are glad to see the letter of the tramp nuisance here, published last week, has drawn the a= ttention of the notice to the matter.
LOCAL BOARD.—The monthly meeting of this Board w=
held on Wednesday evening at the Town Hall, when there were present —=
T. G. Thursfield (chairman), Messrs. H. P. Dunnill, R. Instone, Peter Jones=
Rushton, J. C. W. Lister, and R. Burton ; Mr. Owen Harries, clerk; Mr. G.
Ledger, surveyor ; and Mr. G. Stevenson, inspector of nuisances. The minute=
the last meeting were read and confirmed.--The
Quarry Road: Thu great improvement made in the