West Briton Newspaper transcriptions 1840s
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14 FEBRUARY 1840, Friday
The CORONER'S INQUEST was held on Sunday afternoon, at the Ship Inn, Wadebridge, kept by Mr. James MANKIN. The following gentlemen were sworn on the jury:
Wm. POLLARD, foreman, of Clapper, Egloshayle
Mr. John HICK, farmer of St. Minver, examined - I left Bodmin
about ten o'clock in company with Mr. Christopher BOWEN and rather more than
a quarter of an hour after the deceased. Near Sladesbridge, we met a man,
who called out "stop, stop; the horse is on before." We were proceeding
rapidly, and I suppose that the man called out, thinking that we were trying
to catch the horse. The man appeared to be tipsy, and I did not take any
notice of him. Just as we came to Mr. POLLARD's door, at Clapper, a horse
started off at full gallop. Mr. Bowen remarked the horse was gone on at a
rapid pace. I remarked that the horse did not seem to have a rider, but
could not distinguish the colour of the horse. We met a person near
Egloshayle and asked him whether he had seen a horse, and he answered "yes",
and said there was no rider on it, but the horse had a saddle on. On
arriving near Wadebridge we were met by another person and we asked him
whether he had seen a horse and he said yes, and that he thought it was Mr.
Norway's little mare. We said then we should not like to alarm Mr. Norway
unnecessarily. The man said there was a light in Tom GREGORY's stable.
Gregory is the waggoner of Mr. Norway. We went to him and asked him if his
master was at home. He said he was not a short time since. I told him that a
horse had come on the road before us without a rider and with a saddle and
bridle, and that we had met a person who told us that he thought it was Mr.
Norway's little mare. Gregory then lighted a lanthorn and went out to see.
Near the stable where the horse was kept, he saw the mare belonging to the
deceased and immediately caught her. Gregory directly said that he thought
something must have happened to his master and he then examined the saddle
and saw two marks of blood on the further side of the saddle. Gregory then
asked me to go back with him, but we said we thought we had better get a
surgeon and take with me. I then went with Mr. Bowen and called Mr. TICKLE
who came back with us. Gregory in the meantime had gone on with another
person in search of his master. I then went on with Mr. Tickle till we met
persons bringing the body of the deceased towards Wadebridge but had not met
with any persons in the road between Derry's Mill and Sladesbridge, except
the person who called out stop.
Monday, March 20, 1840
Cornwall Lent Assizes – Crown Court –
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Extracts are from St Minver witnesses.
John Harris, examined by Mr. Cockburn – I am a shoemaker at St. Minver; my mother lives in Bodmin; on the 8th of February I came to Bodmin and returned in the evening; I know that cottage at Northhill; I passed along by the cottage about nine o'clock. I know the little stream of water. I observed two men there; it was a moon-light night, but a little cloudy. I did not see the faces of the men, I observed their dresses. One was dressed in a dark jacket, the other in a smock frock. They appeared to be labouring men, loitering along – they were just moving on and that was all. They had both bad hats – one in particular. I observed that the one in the smock frock was a brave bit taller than the other. The prisoners resemble the persons I saw that night, and the dresses that they wear are exactly like those worn by those men. By the Judge – I paid no particular attention to the men. The men were between the run of water and the house. I gave a description of the men the Tuesday after the murder was committed.
4 DECEMBER 1840
29 October, 1841
Oct. 29, 1841 BMDS
29 Oct 1841 PILCHARD FISHERY
St. Ives - On Tuesday morning last, the driving boats brought in a large quantity of herrings and pilchards. Most of the herrings were sent to Bristol by the “Herald” steamer. The seaners were somewhat discouraged, no pilchards having been seen during the week.
Port Isaac - On Tuesday morning last, the driving boats came in quite loaded, and the seaners were all on the alert, large shoals of pilchards being in the bay.
St. Minver - During the past week, an immense quantity of herrings has been taken by the fishermen here. On Tuesday evening, the weather being favourable, they again went out, and were successful in their labours, taking upwards of 50,000 pilchards, and several thousand herrings and mackerel, which were respectively sold for two, three, and five shillings per 120, the next morning.
Newquay - The news
from Port Isaac infused fresh spirit into the seaners here, and they are,
consequently, in expectation of large catches. The drift boats put out, but
were obliged to return in consequence of a severe thunder storm with very
fierce lightning. About 20,000 herrings were brought in, with a few
5th November, 1841, Friday.
19th November 1841
At St. Minver, on the 12 th instant, Mr. Gideon HICKS, aged 23 years. His end was peace.
17 DECEMBER 1841
14 JANUARY 1842, Friday West Briton
18 FEBRUARY 1842, Friday
11 March 1842 Friday
At Cockmayle, St. Minver Lowlands, on Wednesday, the 2nd instant, Mr. William PROFET, aged 88 years.
MELANCHOLY DEATH. On Sunday last a young man, named ALLEN, servant to Mr. ROWE, of Pentireglaze, St. Minver, went to a christening, and on Tuesday morning, he was picked up dead on the beach under Bray-hill, in Padstow harbour. It is supposed that he lost his way, fell over the cliff, and was drowned.
24 JUNE 1842, Friday
THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 1842
October 7th, 1842, Friday.
DEATHS: At Penmain, in the parish of St. Minver, on Saturday last,
Mr. John PROFET, aged 92 years.
10 FEBRUARY 1843, Friday
24 FEBRUARY 1843, Friday
24 FEBRUARY 1843, Friday
10 MARCH 1843, Friday
17 MARCH 1843, Friday
17 March 1843
SHOCKING ACCIDENT. On Wednesday, the 8th instant, Mr. Richard ROWSE of Trelawder, in the parish of St. Minver, was thrown from the cart on which he was riding, and a quantity of bricks fell on him, which severely bruised his body, and broke three of his ribs.
24 March 1843
JOSEPH BISHOP, 16, was charged with having stolen a pistol the property of Mr. Richard HAWKEY, of St. Minver. The prisoner was in Mr. Hawkey’s service from the 20th of November to the 2nd of February, during which time the prosecutor lost the pistol in question, which was subsequently found at the prisoner’s mother’s house, in St. Issey. The prosecutor gave the prisoner an otherwise good character. Guilty – One Month’s Hard Labour.
12 MAY 1843, Friday
23 JUNE 1843, Friday
Lately, at Stoptide, St. Minver Lowlands, the wife of Mr. James Brenton, shoemaker.
28 JULY 1843, Friday
15 SEPTEMBER 1843, Friday
15 SEPTEMBER 1843, Friday
13 OCTOBER 1843, Friday
At St. Minver, lately, Mr. Thomas Gummow, of Pitymee, to Miss Ann Northey, of Trenant.
27 OCTOBER 1843, Friday
PADSTOW. During the heavy gale which prevailed on Tuesday se'nnight, the brig "Wilberforce", DENBY, of Exeter, bound to Cardiff, entered this port about ten a.m., without any actual assistance, and brought up in safety with loss of four sails and jolly boat tackling. A sea broke over her and carried away her stern buckets and wheel, and did much damage to the vessel. The brig "Hope," 112 tons burden, of Fishguard, Cardiganshire, PETER VAUGHN, master, laden with copper ore, was driven on shore on Pentire-Glaze, sometime during Wednesday night. All on board perished. She came into such a spot that it is believed she could not have lived more than five minutes. Since the wreck six bodies have been picked up, and it is supposed that there is still a lad missing. It was a melancholy sight to behold the bodies of these six poor creatures laid side by side in one spacious grave. The ship was seen in distress the previous day, and fires were made at Port Issac, but in all probability the crew were endeavouring to reach Padstow harbour. There was another wreck on Trebeth rock, the eastern side of the Padstow river, near the spot on which the brig "Britannia" was wrecked two years ago. Her name was the "Ceres," O'BRIEN, master, of Waterford, with ballast. She entered the harbour in a disabled state, let go her anchor, and was supposed out of danger, when her cable broke, and she drove on the Dumbar and became a total wreck. When the cable broke, the Captain and mate contrived to jump ashore before she drifted, and fortunately no lives were lost. The schooner "Laetitia," of Padstow, STROUT master, entered this harbour with loss of main and fore boom; but by the active exertions of the master, she was brought to anchorage and received much assistance from the capstans &c., of the Padstow Harbour Association. the gales increasing, she was afterwards driven on the rocks, but was got off next morning under the management of the Messrs. TREDWEN, in whose dock she is now undergoing repair. The losses occasioned by every succeeding severe gale of wind, show the necessity of a light-house on Trevose Head, to point out to mariners their situation, and prevent their getting into the bays, from which they can seldom work out again, the force of the sea being so very great.
27 OCTOBER 1843, Friday
CORONERS' INQUESTS. The following inquests have been taken before JOSEPH HAMLEY, Esq., since our last report: On Friday at St. Minver, on the body of a person unknown. Whilst the investigation was taking place five more bodies were brought up in a cart, just picked up, they were washed ashore. Verdict Drowned by shipwreck.
17 NOVEMBER 1843, Friday
17 NOVEMBER 1843, Friday
1 DECEMBER 1843, Friday
5 JANUARY 1844, Friday
19 JANUARY 1844, Friday
15 MARCH 1844, Friday
15 MARCH 1844, Friday
29 MARCH 1844, Friday West Briton
24 May 1844, Friday
5 JULY 1844, Friday
JAMES HELBORN, 13, and SAMUEL
JACKET, 18, were charged with having stolen a silver watch case, the property of
WILLIAM CROOK, of Egloshayle. Mr. LUXMORE conducted the prosecution. [The
Prosecutor, a carpenter, attended the Wadebridge Fair the evening of 13th of
May, and went to a Jew's stall to get a key for his watch. While fitting the
key, he first held the case, but then laid it down, when the prisoner, Helborn,
picked it up to look at it. Jacket stood on his other side. He turned to ask
Helborn for the case, and the boy ran; at the same time, Jacket also ran away.
He went about the fair looking for them, but could not find them. He had not
seen the case since.]
12 JULY 1844, Friday
19 DECEMBER 1845, Friday
24 JANUARY 1845, Friday
31 January 1845
On Friday last, an inquest was held at St. Minver, before Mr. GILBERT HAMLEY, deputy coroner, and a respectable jury, on a view of the bodies of two men, which were washed ashore, supposed to have belonged to the unfortunate crew of the "William Pitt," which was wrecked off Padstow on Monday week last. JAMES HERVISON, the only one of the crew saved, identified the bodies as those of MIDDLETON RICHARDSON, and JAMES DOUGLAS, one of the cook, and the other a seaman. He again went through his evidence, which was given in last week's paper; and after one or two witnesses were examined, the jury could not give their verdict without an adjournment, in order that the pilots and sub-commissioners of Padstow might be examined. The inquiry was therefore adjourned to Tuesday, on which day one of the pilots, and Mr. MASON, one of the sub-commissioners, were present. JAMES BROKENSHIRE, the pilot stated that he was appointed pilot in 1835; he received a certificate of qualification signed by Mr. MASON, Mr. RAWLINGS, and Capt COURTENAY; his duty was to board ships when wanted, and when a vessel coming into the harbour hoists a jack, then it becomes his duty immediately to go to her and pilot her in. "It is our duty always to be on the look out. There are five pilots besides myself belonging to Padstow; the pilots live in the town of Padstow." He was, on Monday last, during the storm, at Hawker's Cove, looking out for vessels; he saw a vessel apparently making for the harbour; he went immediately to get a boat to go to her assistance; he saw the sea strike her on the larboard quarter; she never again answered the helm till she struck on the sand; he then ran to the points; he looked at the vessel for ten minutes; the apparatus is kept at the points; he told some men who were there if they could get the apparatus they might be of some service; the keys of the house in which the apparatus is kept are sometimes kept with one person and sometimes with another; they receive no salary; vessels are not compelled to take a pilot. This witness was examined at great length by several of the jury as to his duty, appointment, &c.; but it seemed that although complaints were often made to the sub-commissioners of their negligence and want of vigilance, and that they were never at their posts in foul weather, they merely got a reprimand, and they would not care if they were discharged, as their situation was not worth holding. This witness stated that the captains of vessels were prejudiced against them, and they were trying by every means in their power to stare them out. Mr. Mason then stated that he was one of the sub-commissioners appointed by the corporation of Trinity House; his duty was to examine pilots as to their qualification and skill in bringing ships to harbour, and upon his certificate of qualification licenses are granted. "It is not our duty," he said, "to see that the men do theirs, but when there is any complaint respecting the pilots it is heard by the sub-commissioners. There have been several complaints against the pilots. I consider the pilots are not so vigilant as they ought to be; some of the pilots ought always to be on the points. It has been ordered that two of the pilots should always be on the look out at the points. They have received orders not to leave the points until they are relieved by other pilots. Mr. Mason stated it could not be expected that the pilots would do their duty whilst captains of vessels refused to employ them; their situations were not worth GBP20 a year, or even GBP15; and when the pilots sometimes at the risk of their lives, go out in their boats to assist in bringing a vessel into the harbour, they are told they are not wanted, and to go about their business. The enquiry lasted nearly five hours when the jury returned the following verdict:- We find that Middleton Richardson and James Douglas, were drowned by shipwreck; but we consider that if the Padstow pilots had been at their post, the vessel and crew might have been saved. We beg to add that we believe, from the evidence adduced, the present system of pilotage is not only an injury to the trade of Padstow, but a disgrace to our country; and we, therefore, hope that such measures will be taken by those to whom is entrusted the pilotage of the harbour, as shall prevent the recurrence of such disasters.
Wednesday January 7 1846
THOMAS PRYOR 27, was found Guilty of stealing a copper furnace, the property of JOHN MABLY, at Saint Minver.
6 February 1846
13 FEBRUARY 1846, Friday
1 MAY 1846, Friday
12 JUNE 1846
ALARMING FIRE IN ST. MINVER - On Thursday, the 4th instant, about eleven o'clock in the forenoon, a destructive fire broke out in the farm yard of MR. CHARLES LAWRY, at Treviga, and soon spread to the oxen-house, (in which was a quantity of straw), underneath a barn and granary. The flames shortly reached the floors above, and destroyed several bushels of barley, which could not be removed in time to save it. The thrashing and winnowing machines were destroyed with these buildings, and an old barn, used as a bullock's house, stable, and lumber-house, which contained a quantity of straw, was also consumed, with several stacks of reed, and the mowstead in the mowhay. About three waggon loads of wheat were saved from the destructive element in the mowhay, and carried by the hands of numerous inhabitants, who had hastened to the sad scene, in safety to a distant stack yard. [The fire could have spread to the house, as a stable with thatch roof stood between it and the burning barn, but a part of the thatch roof was cut away and torn down.] Water was fetched from a short distance in waggons and a cart drawn by hand, while many neighbouring farmers busily engaged in handing water to those employed in extinguishing flames on the roof. Mr. Lawry, who is highly respected by his fellow parishioners, at the time of the accident was at a shew of cattle at Bodmin. He was awarded first prize for the best cart mare and colt. On Sunday morning, the poor mare was found hung in the gate of the field, quite dead.
24 July 1846
At ST.MINIVER, on the 15th instant, Mr.
Mark SYMONS, to Mrs. Catherine BRAY, both of that parish.
25 SEPTEMBER 1846, Friday
WADEBRIDGE - On Thursday, the 10th instant, a bazaar was held at the Assembly Room, in behalf of the clothing fund for the poor in the parishes of St. Breoke, St. Minver, and Egloshayle. The room, which was kindly lent by Mrs. HICKS, was tastefully fitted up, and well filled with a great variety of useful and elegant articles in fancy work, fruit, poultry, and vegetables, nearly the whole of which found purchasers. The proceeds amounted to nearly GBP30.
16 October 1846
At his seat, in the parish of St. Minver, on Saturday last, William Sandys Sandys, Esq., a magistrate of the county, aged 38 years.
27 NOVEMBER 1846, Friday
PADSTOW - On Friday last, during the storm, the "Spring," COLLINS, of and for Fowey, from Newport, was driven on Trebetherick rocks and went to pieces; crew saved.
MONDAY AUGUST 2 1847
ROGER POLKINHORNE, 19, WILLIAM TREVERTON, 16, and WILLIAM PHILLIPS, 9, pleaded guilty of breaking and entering the dwelling-house of GEORGE GREEN, at St. Minver, and stealing therefrom four eggs, a piece of bread, cake, and some pence. Polkinghorne and Treverton were each sentenced to Two Years' hard labour; Phillips to Six Months' hard labour.
23 APRIL 1847, Friday
At Trebetherick, in the parish of St. Minver, on Saturday last, Ann KENT, aged 64 years, respected and beloved by all who knew her.
9 JULY 1847, Friday West Briton
7 JANUARY 1848, Friday
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5 1848
SESSIONS, SECOND COURT
JOHN COLLINGS, 61, was indicted for stealing, at St. Minver, on the night of the 20th of December, seven wads of reed and straw, the property of WILLIAM PEARCE. The prisoner was seen by Mr. Pearce's two farm servants to take the reed from the mowhay. Verdict, Guilty, and a former conviction of the prisoner was proved.
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