We have been favoured with the loan of a Stockport
Advertiser published in the year 1827. It contains
the report of a meeting of the inhabitants of
Stalybridge and Dukinfield, held on October 23rd,
in the Weslayan Methodist Sunday School, Dukinfield,
to consider the propriety of applying to Parliament
for a Police Act, in which should be included
The chair was occupied by Mr William HAMPSON,
and amongst the speakers we note the once familiar
names of Mr David CHEETHAM, Mr Aaron LEES, Mr
John HARROP, Mr HARRISON, Mr Ralph OUSEY, Mr ADSHEAD,
Mr BINNS, Mr James BAYLEY, Mr John CHEETHAM and
Mr John VAUDREY.
On behalf of Dukinfield, Mr Aaron LEES opposed
the scheme because he deprecated the idea of dividing
Dukinfield, and no Act should be obtained to take
a market out of Dukinfield. Mr BINNS was in favour
of the market. Mr ADSHEAD made some observations
on the price of meat, and said he was acquainted
with a highly respectable farmer, who had informed
him that he offered a quantity of sheep to the
butchers in Stalybridge, but could not obtain
more than 41/2d per lb for them, sinking the offal,
and that he was in consequence obliged to kill
them himself, and bring them to market, and obtained
51/2d per lb. At this, the report says a butcher
cried out, "Yes, but theres some difference
between 40s and 100s twists,"
meaning there was some difference between fat
and lean meat.
Eventually, a resolution was passed to obtain
powers for establishing a market within the Police
Act, and that Messrs WORTHINGTON and NICHOLLS
be appointed solicitors for obtaining the Act.
A correspondent, commenting upon the above meeting,
writes to the same paper 73 years ago:
"The township of Dukinfield forsooth must
be dismembered to join Rassbottom and Staley at
a Police Bill; was ever a junction so unnaturally
formed, three villages in two different counties
and three different parishes, and to swallow the
Police Bill they are to participate in all the
advantages arising from a new market, intended
to be held in a field between Mottram and Stalybridge.
Dukinfield, by far the most populous and increasing
of this tripartite coalition, can never consent
to such a system of police jobbing; the time cannot
be far distant when Dukinfield, in size and population,
must rank as a considerable manufacturing town,
and when this takes place they will then act as
they think proper for their own government."
A SUNDAY AT WOODHEAD
Police Court Sequel
James BORSEY, of Duke-street, Ashton-under-Lyne,
was brought before the County magistrates at Hyde
on Monday, charged with furiously driving a horse
and trap on the Woodhead-road, Crowden, on Sunday,
the 12th May.
Constable DUDLEY said he was standing near his home
in Woodhead-road about five oclock p.m. on
the date named, when he saw defendant driving a
horse and trap at a furious pace, and shouting at
the horse and thrashing it with a whip. A short
distance in front of defendant was a wagonette and
defendant was evidently trying to pass it. He was
driving in a most reckless fashion and several times
nearly collided with the wagonette. He continued
to drive in that fashion and thrashed the horses
unmercifully up hill and down.
There were two or three other people in the trap
beside the defendant, and they were holding on to
the side of the conveyance. A short time afterwards,
the witness received information of an accident
having occurred, in consequence of which, he proceeded
to the Angel Inn, Woodhead. Defendant was pointed
out to witness as the man who had caused the accident,
the nature of which was a collision between defendants
and another mans conveyance. Witness at once
told defendant he should report him for furious
driving. In answer to Superintendent COOPER, witness
stated that when defendant passed him, the horse
was travelling at a rate of 15 or 16 miles an hour.
Defendant: The horses cannot do six miles an hour;
it simply shied, and I hit it with the whip.
Joseph WHITTAKER, a steam crane driver of Crowden,
deposed that when defendant passed him he was flogging
the horses unmercifully. He was going at the least
12 miles an hour up the hill.
Ernest BOARDMAN, saddlers apprentice, of George-street,
Glossop, said he remembered Sunday, the 12th May.
He had been driving to Woodhead with his mother
and two sisters and on returning, he saw defendant
coming along at a furious pace, driving on the wrong
side of the road. He seemed to be coming at about
16 miles an hour. Witness tried to drive out of
his way but was unable to do so and a collision
took place. Which resulted in witnesss conveyance
bring much damaged.
The magistrates considered their verdict and fined
HOOLEY HILL AND AUDENSHAW
BREACH OF THE PEACE Daniel BINGS pleaded
guilty at the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday,
to committing a breach of the peace at Audenshaw
on April 29th, and was bound over in the sum of
40s to keep the peace for six months.
NO LIGHT ON VEHICLE At the Ashton
County Police Court on Wednesday, Samuel WARRINGTON
was charged with having no light on his vehicle
at Audenshaw on April 25th. Constable TAYLOR
proved the case, and as defendant had been up twice,
he was fined 10s and costs, or seven days.
CHARGE OF OBSTRUCTION Samuel HOWARTH
and James WORTH, employees of the Denton Colliery
Co., were before the Ashton county justices on Wednesday
charged with obstruction at Audenshaw on April 29th.
Evidence was given by a constable of defendants
allowing their horses and carts to stand an undue
length of time outside the Blue Pig, Audenshaw.
Defendants pleaded guilty, and were fined
1s, and costs.
DENTON EXPLOSION FUND Some of our
readers will no doubt remember that some time ago,
in a letter received from Ted RICHARDSON from South
Africa, it was stated that if there was a fund got
up for the benefit of the sufferers from the explosion
at Wilsons hat-works, Denton, he would be
pleased to subscribe 10s to it. We are pleased to
state that the money has arrived, and has been handed
over to the proper quarter.
MOTHER AND SON IN TROUBLE Caroline
ATKINS and William BAKER were before the Ashton
County Justices on Wednesday, charged with committing
a breach of the peace at Audenshaw on April 28th.
ATKINS pleaded not guilty and BAKER guilty.
A constable stated that at 9.45 on Sunday
night, April 28th, the two defendants were in Guide-lane,
Audenshaw, shouting and swearing at each other and
causing a crowd of people to assemble. Another man
was wanting to take the female defendant into the
Pack Horse Inn. Defendant ATKINS said her
son caught her by the shoulder and wanted to restrain
her. Defendants were bound over in the sum
of 40s to keep the peace for six months.
DEATH OF MR JOHN BRADBURY Many of
the inhabitants will be surprised to hear of the
death of the above named gentleman, which took place
at Southport on Monday. It appears that he had gone
to Southport to visit his wife who had not been
enjoying the best of health for some time, and had
been sojourning there in one of the homes to see
if it would benefit her. Whilst on this visit, he
became seriously ill and died very unexpectedly.
Stoppage of the bowels is stated to have been the
cause. Only last Sunday week, he was walking in
the procession of the M.N.C. scholars, and was then
apparently in his usual state of health. He was
of a very quiet and retiring disposition and highly
respected. His remains arrived at Hooley Hill on
Wednesday, and the interment takes place to-day
(Saturday) at Guidebridge Church.
P.S.A. OPEN DAY The usual service was
held on Sunday in the Co-operative Hall, Mr BELLAMY
presiding. After the opening hymn the Rev. C B COLE
of Newton offered prayer, and also read the lessons.
Miss Bessie LAWTON of Dukinfield gave two solos,
"Angel Land" and "He shall give His
angels charge." The Rev C B COLE delivered
a splendid address, keeping his audience spellbound.
INTERESTING MARRIAGE The marriage
of Miss E HIGGINBOTTOM, daughter of Mr J HIGGINBOTTOM,
farmer, Dukinfield, to Mr John JONES of Stalybridge,
took place on Thursday last at St Johns Church,
Dukinfield. The Rev Mr CALTHROP officiated. The
bride was given away by her brother, Mr James HIGGINBOTTOM,
of Audenshaw. After the ceremony the party returned
to the residence of the brides father, and
the remainder of the day was spent in social enjoyment.
The happy couple have been the recipients of many
DOG AT LARGE At the Police Court on
Thursday, Joseph SIMPSON was summoned for allowing
a dog to run at large without muzzle or collar bearing
name and address of owner engraved thereon.
Defendant said he was with the dog, but it belonged
to his sister. Constable TAYLOR stated that
at 3.10 on Sunday afternoon he was in Town-lane
and saw defendant with a dog. On speaking to defendant
about it, he said "Its a bit of a caution
in I canno bring a dog out without being stopped."
Fined 1s, including costs.
FRIENDSHIP INN FIELD NATURALISTS SOCIETY
The monthly flower show for members only
took place on Sunday last and the prizes were awarded
as follows: 1st Peter WOLLEY, 2nd and 3rd Charles
BANCROFT. In the evening, the usual monthly lecture
was given by Mr J BOWKER of Hyde, subject "Forest
trees and their uses." A large variety of specimens
were shown and explained in a clear and intelligent
manner, and was enjoyed by a full attendance of
members and friends.
PITCH AND TOSS At the Police Court on
Thursday, Edward THORPE and John George HULTON were
summoned for gaming by playing at pitch and toss
in Furnace-street on the 12th inst. Constable
MOTTERSHEAD stated that at three oclock on
Sunday afternoon he was on duty in King-street.
He went on to the Alma Bridge, and on looking along
the river side, he saw defendants and another youth
playing pitch and toss. He saw money tossed up and
exchanged. Witness went up Cooper-street and succeeded
in catching the defendants. In reply to the
Bench, the Chief Constable said the defendant THORPE
had been up once before for gaming, and cautioned.
A fine of 5s and costs was imposed upon THORPE,
and HULTON was fined 2s 6d without costs.
Dukinfield met Royton in the
Central Lancashire League competition, at Dukinfield,
and as the visitors had easily defeated Stalybridge
on the previous Saturday, a very good number of
spectators were attracted. For the fourth time in
succession the Dukinfield skipper was unlucky in
the spin of the coin, and Royton batted first on
a wicket that gave very little assistance to the
bowlers. INGLEBY and HOLDEN opened for the visitors,
to the trundling of CASSLEY and H HOBSON, and the
score mounted apace, until at 195 for six wickets
the innings was declared. The principal contributors
to this total were INGLEBY (35), HOLDEN (30), DIXON
(26), JONES (not out 52), and CHARNOCK (29).
Dukinfield set about the task of wiping off the
score in a vigorous manner, though they made a bad
start, losing one wicket for none, and two for one;
but SCOTT and SMITH stopped the rot, each playing
steady cricket and hitting 28 and 30 (not out) respectively.
The feature of the innings, however, was the vigorous
batting of CASSLEY, who, though only in about eleven
minutes, scored 31, when attempting a run, he unfortunately
fell, and lost his wicket. SAGAR soon ran up 15,
and A WILLIAMS scored 10 not out. Time intervened
with the score at 133 for seven wickets. Dukinfield
will this week oppose Stalybridge with the same
team as last Saturday.
ASHTON BOROUGH POLICE COURT
VEHICLE WITHOUT LIGHT James WRIGHT was
fined 1s 6d and costs for using a vehicle without
having a light attached.
STREET FOOTBALLING Four
youths named Frank DEMOND, Joseph BRIDGE, William
BRIDGE and Henry BUTTERWORTH were summed for playing
football in Union-street to the danger and annoyance
of passengers. They admitted to playing upon a piece
of spare ground. Constable said the ball
was kicked into Union-street and people were obstructed.
Fined 5s each for costs.
ASSAULT UPON AN INNKEEPER A young
man named Thomas DUNN was summoned for assaulting
James HITCHIGSON, landlord of Gibbons Vaults, on
2nd inst. Complainant stated that he was
stood in the vestibule of his house when defendant
passed him as though he was going into the house.
All at once, he found himself in the middle of the
street. He asked defendant what he had done that
for. He rushed at him with his fist. He guarded
the blow and stepped back. Defendant said. "I
will pull you whiskers off."
He did not know the man before that, and had not
Defendant said the complainant was stood in the
doorway, and he remarked, "Theres hair,"
(laughter) and touched him under the
chin. He did it for a bit of a lark, that was all.
The Chief Constable said defendant had been up eight
times before for various offences. The last time
was a year ago when he got 12 months for unlawful
wounding. The Clerk; You have only just come
out, and as soon as you do so, you are not content
but must go about stroking people under the chin,
and pushing them about the street. Defendant:
I did not know he had anything to do with the public-house.
The Clerk: That does not matter. Whatever
you did you had no right to do. The Chairman:
You will have to go down for a month without the
option of fine.
SCHOOL BOARD PROSECUTIONS
Boy Sent to an Industrial School
At the Ashton Borough Police Court on Monday, before
Messrs W ANDREW (chairman), James POWNALL, T HALLAM
and T D SEEL, a number of parents were summoned
at the instance of the Ashton School Board for contravention
of the Education Act.
John GEE was summoned for neglecting to provide
education for his child, Andrew. Mrs GEE
appeared and said at the school where the lad went
to, the teacher caned him very much, and he was
not in good health. The Clerk: What school
does he go to? Mrs GEE: "The Mission."
Mr MARSLAND: She means Charlestown Independent.
I apply for an order that the child attend school.
The Clerk told Mrs GEE that if there was
any undue aversity at school, she could make her
complaint to the School Board. The required
order was made and Mrs GEE was informed that if
the lad did not attend school regularly, he would
probably be sent to an industrial school for three
or four years.
Edward HARRISON was summoned for not causing his
son Fred, aged 10, to attend school. Defendant
said he could not get him to go. Mr MARSLAND
said the attendances were 39 out of 96. The new
by-laws had had received the sanction of the Education
Department and were now in force. The Clerk: Instead
of the fine being limited to 5s, the magistrates
can fine parents not exceeding 20s, including the
costs. The fact of the by-laws coming into operation
has been posted all over town and handbills have
been delivered to every house.
The defendant has been up and fined twice, and been
before the committee dozens of times. Defendant:
I have tried my best to send him to school.
The Clerk: Has he no mother? Defendant: Yes,
but she is away somewhere. Fined 10s including
costs. The Clerk: It will cost you more than
that if he goes to an Industrial School.
Defendant: I shall put him in your hands if there
is any more bother.
Arthur MILLWARD was summoned for a breach of an
attendance order in respect of his child, John William,
aged 13. Defendant said John William was
a bad lad and wanted to be sent away. He kept being
sent to school, but would not attend. The
Clerk said when the order was made, defendant was
told that the lad would very likely be sent to an
Industrial School if he did not attend. Mr
MARSLAND informed the Bench that an attendance order
was made in 1899, and the lad went tolerably well
for 12 months. In March 1901, defendant was summoned
for a breach of the attendance order, and the child
attended 13 weeks.
The Clerk asked the boy if he wanted to be sent
away to an industrial school, but he was sullen,
and would not make any reply. He (the Clerk) went
on to say that he had been told that boy might have
been brought before the Court upon a very serious
charge. He had going to one or two places in the
town and getting money from them to get them coke.
He got 2s from one gentleman in the town, and he
never brought the coke. He got some more money from
another tradesman in the town for the same purpose,
and went and spent the money.
"Was that true? Boy: Yes, Sir.
That is stealing, isnt it? Yes. And
you know you are liable to be sent to prison for
it? Yes, Sir. The magistrates decided that
he must go to an industrial school until he was
16 years of age.
BOUNDARY WALKING NEAR OLDHAM
On Saturday, members and officials of the Crompton
Urban District Council, which includes the ancient
parish of Shaw, together with 24 school children,
selected from the six Voluntary schools in the district,
and other witnesses, walked the boundary, a distance
of eleven miles, to determine (in accordance with
an old custom) and preserve a recollection of the
extent of their jurisdiction, to see no encroachments
had been made, and that the landmarks, such as heaps
of stone, hedges, trees, oak or iron boundary posts,
or lettered iron plates, had not been taken away
Streams and water lodges were crossed, housetops
and porches of houses were passed over, and at Grains
Bar, one of the bedrooms of the Kings Arms
Inn, was walked through. This house stands in two
counties and three townships. Each of the 24 schoolboys
were presented with a new 1901 shilling. At intervals
along the route there were old English sports, and
the prize-winners were recipients of new 1901 pennies.
Two little schoolgirls also walked the boundary.
ALLEGED ASSAULT ON A POLICEMAN
An Echo of a County Court Case
At Ashton Borough Police Court on Monday, John Thomas
KENNEDY, cooper, Mill-lane, was summoned for using
obscene language in Portland-street and assaulting
Constable BRATT whilst in the execution of his duty
on the 8th inst.
Constable BRATT stated that at 11.30 on the night
in question, he was on duty at the corner of Portland-street
and Stamford-street when the defendant came out
of a chip shop and stood against the wall. As witness
passed him, he said: "Will you have one?"
and he replied "No, thank you, I dont
eat them." He then began to use some very bad
language, and said if he could push one down his
sanguinary throat, he would do so. Witness went
on his beat round by Catherine-street and Oldham-road
In the latter thoroughfare, defendant came up to
him, used some more beastly language, and finished
up by striking him on the head with his umbrella.
Witness had been subjected to the defendants
annoyance for two years when he sued witness in
the County Court to recover £50, but he lost
the case. He had challenged him to take his clothes
off and fight him.
Mr HATON: Did you say you had made it cost him £50
and you would make it cost him £100? No. He
said he would make it cost me £100.
Did you accuse him of being drunk? I told him he
had had drink. Why didnt you lock him
up? I told him I would deal with him in another
manner. Did you use any bad language? No.
Did you tell him to kiss a certain portion
of your anatomy? No. Do you remember another
constable coming up and KENNEDY asking him if he
The Chief Constable: He is not charged with being
drunk. Mr HATON: Never mind; did not the
constable turn on his heel and walk away?
The constable did not know the man had used bad
language. What officer was it? Constable
(Unfortunately, my photocopy of this story ran out
at this point, so I cant tell you the outcome
AGGRAVTATED ASSAULT AT WATERLOO
Chase By A Policeman
Walter MILLER was in the dock at the Ashton County
Police Court on Wednesday, charged with having committed
an aggravated assault on Eileen GANNON, at Waterloo,
on May 14th.
The complainant, a single young woman, formerly
living at the Convalescent Home, High-street, Rochdale,
stated that on the 14th inst., she was walking from
Rochdale to Ashton. When she got to Waterloo she
went up Wood-lane to have a sit down in order to
rest herself. Prisoner came up to her and asked
her if she would give him twopence. As he was a
stranger she asked what she must give him twopence
for, whereupon he knocked her to the floor, and
commenced kicking her. He said he would make her
give it him. She screamed for help.
Mrs HAMER, Waterloo, stated that on Tuesday afternoon,
the 14th inst., about four oclock, she was
in her house in Gordon-street, and on looking through
the window she saw the prisoner behind a hedge,
kicking the complainant. Witness shouted out to
him and he walked away.
Constable HAMER, Waterloo, stated that the complainant
came to him and complained of having been assaulted
by the prisoner. Blood was running down her face
from a wound over her right eye. Witness went to
Wood-lane and was informed that a man had jumped
over a fence and run up a clough. Witness went in
pursuit and saw the prisoner crawling through a
hole in a hedge. He crawled after him, and succeeded
in capturing him, and took him to the police station.
On charging the prisoner with assault, he said,
"I am innocent; she took 11 1/2d out of my
Prisoner said he was going up Oldham-road on his
way home when he met complainant, who asked him
if he was going to sub her. He told her he only
had 1s 2 1/2d. He gave her 2d to get a drink. She
followed him as far as Kellys Walk, and she
said she would go where he went. She made a pretence
of putting her arm around him, and took 11 1/2d
out of his pocket.
Inspector HUMPHRIES said that the prisoner had 10
previous convictions recorded against him. Prisoner
was fined 21s and costs, or 28 days imprisonment,
with hard labour.