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The Derby Mercury


Wednesday, April 8th. 1863.
A DERBY BUTCHER AND OTHERS
COMMITTED FOR SHEEP STEALING.

At Mansfield Petty Sessions,last week, Joseph Young, butcher, Derby. and William Vardy, framework knitter, Hucknall Huthwaite, were brought up and charged with having, at the Parish of Teversall, on the 19th of March, stolen one ewe and two wether sheep, the property of Joseph Caudwell, farmer, and Zadok Ironmonger, butcher, Derby, was charged with receiving the same, knowing them to have been stolen.
  Mr. Flewker, appeared, for the prisoners Young and Ironmonger; Vardy, the other prisoner, had no legal assistance.
  Joseph Caudwell said - I am a farmer, and live at Whitebro' Farm, in the Parish of Teversall. My farm and land are in a retired situation, about a mile and a half from the town of Teversall, and adjoin a lane called Harper Lane, leading from Hucknall Huthwaite to the Mansfield and Tibshelf turnpike-road. I have several closes of land on the opposite side of the lane to my house. The top close is called Marlhill Close. It is a turnip field, and is in the Parish of Teversall. I had in this turnip field on Thursday the 12th March, 29 sheep, and 16 wethers, each of which had the remains of a pitch brand on the left hand side, and each of the ewes having in addition a bit cut out under the left ear. I saw them and counted them myself between three and four o'clock in the afternoon of that day, and they were then all right, and the flake in the gap at the top corner of the field was quite safe and fast. At about six o'clock the following morning I went to feed the sheep. When I counted them I found three missing; namely, one ewe and two wethers. I then went to the gap at the top corner of the field, and found the flake in the gap thrown down and lying backwards by the side of it, leaving a free passage through the gap. I then examined the gap more carefully, and noticed some wool on the sides of the gap. On examining the ground I found hoof marks, and the track of a horse and cart, running from Hucknall up Harper Lane into Newton Wood-lane. The grass in the lane against the gap was much trodden down. After making these observations I went and gave information to police-sergeant Radford, who went to the place, which we again examined together.
  Cross-examined - Went with Radford to Derby. Did not go with Radford to Ironmonger's house. Inspector Fearn went with Radford. Was told he was slaughterman to Young. Missed one ewe and two sheep. They were not the worst of my sheep. One was a rather poor animal, but the other two were fine large animals. At the time I missed my sheep the roads near my fields were not dry and dusty. The lane was always damp, and the wheels of the cart could easily be traced for some time after I missed the sheep. Did not go with police to Young's house. They had taken Young into custardy before I went to Ironmonger's house. Ironmonger told me the skins were sent to the auction mart. Did not learn this from Inspector Fearn. The inspector did not tell me that Young had told him all about it.
  John Ashley deposed - I live with my father at Hucknall-under-Huthwaite. At about five o'clock in the afternoon of the 19th of March 1 was playing on Hucknall Common, when this man (pointing to the prisoner Young) came up alone in a light cart. I walked by the side of the cart into Hucknall. When we got against our yard end, this man (Young) said to me, "Do you know where young William Vardy lives?" I said "Yes." He said "I'll give you a penny if you will go and show me where." We went up to the town together, and when we got to the yard end where Vardy's brother lives, this man (Young) stopped while I went to the house. I saw the prisoner Vardy, and said, "There's a man wants you against the yard end." He said "Who is it ?" I said "I don't know." Vardy then came out and we went to the man in the cart. We all went to Kesteven's public-house together. When we got to Kesteven's Young threw me a penny and I went away.
  Roland Kesteven deposed to Young coming to his house about five o'clock in the afternoon of the day in question, in a light spring cart, drawn by a bay horse. The name on the cart was "Joseph Poole, Derby." Young was accompanied by Vardy. They put the horse and cart up at my house and then went into the stable. Did not see them again till eight o"clock, when they had some ale together. I saw them no more till about ten minutes to eleven o'clock, when I saw Vardy lead a horse and cart out, and Vardy and Young went away with it in the direction of Harper-lane, where Mr. Caudwell's farm is situated.
  Matthew Taylor deposed - I am a hosier, and live at Hucknall-under-Huthwaite. About eleven o'clock on the night in question I left my warehouse and went up Harper-lane. I saw a cart in the lane, just outside the village, with a man in it. Whilst looking at the cart the prisoner Vardy came up. He said, "Heigh,up." I replied, "Heigh,up." Vardy then said, "Is that Matthew Taylor?" I said, "Yes." He then bid me good night. Vardy then went up to the cart and said to the man in it, "Come on, this way." The man then drove the cart up the lane, Vardy walking by the side of it.
  William Hoiles deposed that he lived at Derby, and was classer in Mr. Brearey's skin market. On Friday the 20th March, a man named Ironmonger brought three skins to the auction to be sold, saying "They belong to Joseph Young." I took the skins and put them in their proper classes. A short time afterwards the sale took place. Two of the skins were sold by themselves to the witness Young, and the third skin was also sold to him with some others.
  Issac Young deposed that he lived at Lenton, and was foreman over the fellmongers's in Mr. Bailey's skin yard. He attended Mr. Brearey's skin auction, at Derby, on the 20th of March. He bought there the skins produced by police-sergeant Radford. They were sent to Lenton, and afterwards given up to Radford.
  Police sergeant Radford, after corroborating Caudwell's statement, relative to giving him information on the loss of his sheep, and their examining together the ground near the gap, proceeded to say - From information I received I went to Derby, accompanied by Caudwell. I went to Young's house there, and was present when he was apprehended and taken to the Derby lock-up. I charged him with being at the Whitebro' Farm, at Teversall, the previous night, and stealing three sheep. Prisoner said, "I took a party that had been at Derby assizes to Hucknall; I didn't know who the party was. The sheep I bought at Ripley about five o'clock of a party I did not know, and never seen before. I brought the sheep and delivered them to Ironmonger about four o'clock the following morning. I had two carcasses and Ironmonger had the other. Found one of the carcasses in the shop of Young's brother, the leg bones and tail of which I now produce, fitted in the skin belonging to it. I then went to the witness Chambers, and received from him a fore-quarter, a piece of loin (The tall side), and the breast of a carcass. I then went to Ironmonger's, accompanied by Caudwell, and in his slaughter house I found a carcass of mutton, the tail and leg bones of which I now produce. I apprehended Ironmonger, and charged him with having committed the felony. I then went to Lenton, and received the three skins I now produce from Mr. Bailey's man. I conveyed the two prisoners to the Mansfield lock-up. I also took the skin and carcasses there to be examined by the witness Raynord.
This witness was most rigidly cross examined by Mr. Flewker, for the prisoners Young and Ironmonger, but without in the least shaking his evidence.
  Police constable Thomas Meadows deposed to apprehending the prisoner Vardy, on the 23rd ult., at the Shoulder of Mutton public house, at Hucknall-under-Huthwaite, and charging him with being concerned with others in stealing three sheep from a field at Whitebro' Farm the property of Mr. Caudwell, on Thursday night, the 19th ult. Prisoner replied, "Very well, I know nothing about it." He took him to the Mansfield Police-station. Prisoner had been away from home three or four days.
  John Raynor, butcher, gave corroborative evidence.
In answer to the charge Young said - "I am quite innocent"
Vardy - "I have nothing to say, only that I am innocent. I know nothing at all about it"
Ironmonger - "I am innocent of the charge. I further say that I am nothing but a servant to Young. I am his slaughterer, and I cannot say whether he bought the sheep or not. He merely brought them for me to kill, and that is all that I know."
  The prisoners were then committed to take their trial at the General Quarter Sessions, to be held in Nottingham on Monday.
Mr. Flewker applied to have his clients admitted to bail, but the bench declined to accede to the application.


August 29th, 1811
TITHE FREE ESTATE
In HUCKNALL UNDER HUTHWAITE.

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
By Mr. ROBINSON,

At the house of Mr. Samuel Butterworth, known by the Sign of the Gate, in Hucknall under Huthwaite, in the county of Nottingham, on Monday the Ninth day of September next, at 4 o'clock in the Afternoon, (subject to Conditions of Sale which will be then provided:)
  A Very desirable TITHE FREE ESTATE, situate in Hucknall under Huthwaite, in the parish of Sutton in Ashfield, in the County of Nottingham, late in the occupation of Mr. Richard Mellers; consisting of several CLOSES or Parcels of Arable, Meadow or Pasture Land, in a good state of cultivation, under which there are
  Two valuable Beds of Coal of excellent quality: Containing by survey the several quantities of Land or thereabouts herein- after mentioned. In the following Lots.

Lot 1.-Allotment on late 
Fullwood Common
Lot 2.-Allotment on Ditto,
3.-Six and Eight Lands,
4.-Hern or White Burrows,
5.-Flax Croft,
6.-Ditto, (Coal Reserved,)
Possession will be given at Lady Day next

Mr. Richard Haslam, of Hucknall, will shew the Estate, and further Particulars may be known on application at the Office of Messrs. Vickers and Parsons, Solicitors, in Mansfield.


October 29th, 1812
VALUABLE COLLIERY and TITHE FREE ESTATE In Hucknall under Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, by Mr. Robinson,

At the House of Mr. Nathapiel Chambers, known by the Sign of the Swan, in Hucknall under Huthwaite, on Monday 23rd day of November, 1812, at 2 o'clock in the Afternoon, subject to Conditions of Sale which will be then produced;
  A Valuable COLLIERY situate at Hucknall under Huthwaite aforesaid, within 5 miles of Mansfield and in full work; the Coal being of the best kind and in constant demand at the Pit bank throughout the year. The steam engine for unwatering the Colliery is in situated as to having the whole of the Coal now offered for Sale, and is in perfect Condition
  ALSO a desirable TITHE FREE ESTATE situate in Hucknall under Huthwaite aforesaid, (exonerated from Land Tax,) Consisting of Two Dwelling Houses with outbuildings newly erected, and several Closes or Parcels of Arable, Meadow and Pasture Land, in a good state of cultivation, containing by survey the several quantities undermentioned.
  The above Property is in the occupation of Messrs. ??? and Haslam, Assignees in Trust for the Creditors of Mr. Richard Mellers, late of Hucknall under Huthwaite aforesaid, and will be offered for Sale in the following Lots:

THE COLLIERY.

Lot 1.-Comprising a parcel of Land called the Two Oaks, containing 4A. 2R. 10P. whereon the Engine House and a Dwelling House, Blacksmith's Shop, Counting House, Stable and other Buildings are erected.- Also the ?????? of the Coal under a Close called Flax Croft, in the possession of Mr. William Stendall, containing 1A. 8R. 5P. And ????? or half part of the Coal under 80A. 2R. 36P. of Land being the following Closes, viz.
  The above mentioned Close called Two Oaks
  The several Closes in the undermentioned Lots 3, 4, 5, and 6, containing together
  Five Closes called Broomhill Close, Newton Piece, Longside, Long Close, and Garden Gap, in the occupation of Mr. John Mellers, and containing together by estimation -
  Three Closes called the Far Grounds, in the possession of Mr. Richard Adlington, and containing together by estimation -
  Two Closes called the Upper & Lower Give Acres, in the possession together by estimation - ....

  The Purchaser to have the usual Powers of getting, stacking, coking, and taking away the Coal; paying the Occupier of the Land a reasonable compensation for damage, and the Owners of the other Moiety of the Coal an annual rent for the same.
  The Steam Engine and Colliery Utensils to be taken by the Purchaser at a fair Valuation. ....

  Part of the above Estate is Copyhold of Inheritance ???? Manor of Mansfield:- Fine certain 2s.
  Mr. Richard Haslam, or Mr. John Mellors, of Hucknall will shew the Estate; and further Particulars may be shewn on application to them, or at the Office of Messrs. V???? and Parsons, Solicitors, in Mansfield.


August 10th, 1829
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
By Mr. HOPKINSON,.

(By Order of the Mortgagees and Trustees for Sale,)

At the house of Mr. Marshall, the sign of the Shoulder of Mutton, in Hucknall under Huthwaite, near to Sutton in Ashfield, in the county of Nottingham, on Wednesday the 26th day of August instant, at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, in One or such other Lots, as may be agreed upon at the time of sale, subject to conditions to be then produced;
  ALL those Six several Messuages, Dwelling Houses or Tenements, situate and being in Hucknall under Huthwaite, in the parish of Sutton in Ashfield, in the county of Nottingham, with the Gardens, Framework-knitters Shops, Stable and Outbuildings thereunto adjoining and belonging, now or late in the several occupations of Samuel Ellis, Richard Smith, John Burton, James Butler, and Charles Ellis, or their Undertenants.
  The respective Tenants will shew the premises: and further particulars may be obtained by applying at the Office of Mr. G. Cressy Hall, Solicitor, Alfreton.


20th April 1871
SUTTON'S FIRST SCHOOL BOARD.

The first meeting of the School Board was held on Thursday last in the Vestry Room, when the whole of the members were present. W.E. Goodacre, Esq., the returning officer, was present, for the purpose of presiding and recording the results of the first meeting. As the sitting was a private one, we are unable to report fully the business that was transacted, but we have been favoured with a copy of the official minutes, from which we extract our information. The result of the next meeting we hope to be able to give in detail. The election of a chairman was necessarily the first step taken, and it was accordingly proposed by Mr. Bonser and seconded by Mr. Slater, that the Rev. C. Bellairs be the chairman.

Mr. Kendall proposed and the Rev. E. Pringle seconded, that Mr. Carter be appointed chairman, Mr. Carter, however, declined to hold the office, remarking that he thought it would be well, that if the chairman were a churchman, the clerk to the board should be a dissenter, and vice versa. Mr. Jepson then proposed and Mr. Kendal seconded an amendment, that the Rev. E. Pringle be appointed chairman. On the amendment being put, Messrs. Kendal, Jephson and Pringle voted for Mr. Pringle, and Messrs. Carter, Bellairs, Bonser and Slater for Mr. Bellairs, who was therefore declared to be elected chairman.

It was next proposed by Mr. Bonser, seconded by Mr. Slater, and carried unanimously, that the Rev. E. Pringle be appointed vice-chairman.   The next meeting was fixed for Thursday, the 27th inst., at 6.30 p.m.

Mr. Bonser then proposed, and Mr. Pringle seconded, that the quorum of the board should be five. This motion was also agreed to.   Mr. Jephson proposed and Mr. Kendal seconded a motion to the effect that at future meetings a representative of the Press be admitted. This was passed unanimously.

A vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Goodacre for the courtesy and impartiality with which the proceedings had been conducted throughout, and for his presence at their first meeting. Mr. Goodacre acknowledged the compliment, and the business then terminated.


THE SHEEP STEALERS.

At the Nottingham Sessions, on Monday evening. Young and Vardy were sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour. The last week in each Quarter to be spent in solitary confinement. No evidence was offered against Ironmonger.


November 10th, 1879
Sales by Auction
BY MESSRS. AULT & SPRECKLEY.

FULWOOD COMMON AND
HUCKNALL UNDER HUTHWAITE, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

VALUABLE FREEHOLD AND COPYHOLD ESTATES

At the home of Mr. Kesteven, the Peacock Inn, Hucknall under Huthwaite aforesaid, on Wednesday, the 3rd day of December, 1879, at Four-o'clock in the Afternoon, in the following or such other Lots as may be determined upon at the time of Sale, and subject to conditions to be then produced;
  Lot 1 - Plan 147
All that CLOSE of COPYHOLD PASTURE LAND, situate at Hucknall under Huthwaite aforesaid, called the Fenny Bank, in the occupation of Mr. Herbert Simpson, containing (more or less) - 1A 1R 14P - The Minerals under this Lot do not belong to the vendor.
  Lot 2 - Plan 150
All that CLOSE of COPYHOLD PASTURE LAND, situate at Hucknall under Huthwaite aforesaid, called Goodale Piece, in the occupation of the said Herbert Simpson, containing (more or less) - 4A 2R 27P - The Minerals under this Lot do not belong to the vendor.
  Lot 3 - Plan 128
All that CLOSE of COPYHOLD PASTURE LAND, situate at Hucknall under Huthwaite aforesaid, called The Park, otherwise The Field Close, in the occupation of the said Herbert Simpson, containing (more or less) - 0A 2R 30P.
  Lot 4 - Plan 167, 172, 191
All those CLOSES of COPYHOLD LAND, partly Pasture and partly Arable, situate at Hucknall under Huthwaite aforesaid, called Hearne Close and Strawberry Bank, in the occupation of the said Herbert Simpson, containing (more or less) - 3A 2R 28P - NOTE- The Minerals under Lots 3 and 4 belong to the Duke of Portland, who pays 3/4 of the rents to the owner of the surface.
  Lot 5 - Plan 52, 54, 55
All MESSUAGE OR DWELLING-HOUSE, with the outbuildings, garden, and appurtenances. And also all those THREE CLOSES OF PASTURE LAND, situate upon Fulwood Common aforesaid, in the occupation of Mr. Benjamin Herrod, containing (more or less) - 5A 1R 9P - 4A. 1R. 31P. of this Lot are of Freehold tenure, and the remainder Copyhold. The Minerals under this Lot do not belong to the vendor.
  Lot 6 - Plan 278
All that CLOSE of FREEHOLD LAND, situate at Hucknall under Huthwaite aforesaid, called Nether Give Acres, in the occupation of the late Mrs. Burrows, containing (more or less) - 5A 2R 21P - The Minerals under this Lot do not belong to the vendor.
  Lot 7 - Plan 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411
All those FIVE CLOSES of FREEHOLD LAND, situate upon Fulwood Common aforesaid, in the occupation of the Executors of the late Mrs. Burrows and the New Hucknall Colliery Company, containing (more or less) - 18A 2R 35P - The Minerals under this Lot do not belong to the vendor.
  Lot 8
TEN SHARES of £5 EACH in the Hucknall under Huthwaite Gas Light and Coke Company, Limited. The respective Tenants will show the Lots, and for further particulars apply to the AUCTIONEERS, Saint Mary's-gate, Derby; or to WALTER N. HARRIS, Solicitor, Crich and Alfreton.


28th March 1900
ALFRETON PETTY SESSIONS

William Bird, Hucknall Huthwaite, for allowing a dog to be at large without either a muzzle or a collar bearing the owner's name at Pinxton on the 13th inst., was ordered to pay 9s, including costs.


20th June 1900
ALFRETON PETTY SESSIONS

William Turner, Hucknall Huthwaite, admitted having driven a cart without a light at Tibshelf on June 7th., Police Constable Bown proved the case,a penalty of 9s was imposed.


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