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A search of the CD version of the Times index for the 19th century, using the keyword TILBURY produced 495 hits. The vast majority of these concerned:

Tilbury Docks, Ships colliding, sinking, catching fire or exploding in the Thames off Tilbury, etc.
The London Tilbury and Southend Railway, its building, train times, accidents,
and, towards the end of the period, a large number of civil and criminal court cases.

The entries below are those with more 'human interest'

  1 Jun. 1811    Civil action: Tilbury v. Young
[Cheque fraud]
25 Nov. 1825    Police: John Tilbury summoned for misdemeanour.
[Failed to turn up as a witness to his friend's crime]
24 Apr. 1833    Civil action: Tilbury v. Coote
12 Sep. 1836    William Tilbury killed in fight
  4 Mar. 1839    Police: Tilbury and Dean summoned for stealing
28 Oct. 1841    Trial: Richard Tilbury for stealing
10 Mar. 1853    Bankruptcy: W. H. Tilbury
  7 Jan. 1854    Bankrupts: John Tilbury Junior
11 Mar. 1854    Bankruptcy Court: John Tilbury Junior
  5 Apr. 1854    Bankruptcy Court: John Tilbury Junior
18 Mar. 1857    Bankruptcy: William Tilbury, Great Titchfield St. and
Cleveland Mews, Fitzroy Sq., brass worker.
11 Sep. 1857    Adolphe Fould fell out of his tilbury in Paris
  7 Jun. 1858    Civil Action: Thorn v. Tilbury
  3 Dec. 1859    Police: William Tilbury summoned for fraud
24 Nov. 1860    Civil Action: Tilbury v. Brown
18 Apr. 1864    Inquest: John C. Tilbury killed falling from horse during steeplechase
  9 Aug. 1865    Bankruptcy: John Tilbury
31 Mar. 1866    Bankruptcy: James Tilbury, butcher, Southall
10 Oct. 1866    Bankruptcy: C. Tilbury, grocer, Gosport
  9 Mar. 1867    Fox (Dr. Tilbury) False hair as a cause of disease
  1 Jul. 1867    Civil Action: Tilbury v Wilton
14 Jan. 1868    Marriage: Sarah Ann Tilbury
[Married 7 Jan. 1868 at St. Lukes, Chelsea.
Second daughter of W. H. Tilbury Esq., of Walton Green, Fulham.
Groom's name illegible.]
22 Feb. 1868    Bankruptcy: Thomas Tilbury, North Street, Peckham, Baker
14 Oct. 1868    Bankruptcy: Tilbury J. and W.H. Carter
27 Feb. 1869    Police: Joseph Tilbury summoned for exposing indecent valentines.
[Displayed indecent valentines in his stationers shop window]
11 Apr. 1871    Unclaimed dividends: Eliza Tilbury and Thomas Tilbury
16 Sep. 1871    Fox (Dr. Tilbury) on medical responsibility
  8 Nov. 1873    Police: Obed Tilbury summoned for adulterating milk
11 Jun. 1879    Death: Fox (Dr. Tilbury)
25 Jan. 1884    News: Fires at Tilbury Farm, Botley, New Oxford
  1 Aug. 1884     Criminal Trial: Henry Tilbury for perjury
(and Aug., 16 Sep., 1884)
15 Aug. 1885    Civil Action: Tilbury v. Ransom
23 Jun. 1888    Bankruptcy: Geo. Tilbury (George or Geoffrey???)
23 Jun. 1890    Civil Action: Tilbury v Silva
18 Mar. 1893    Bankruptcy: William Tilbury
31 Jul. 1895    Bankruptcy: James Tilbury
  7 Sep. 1895    Bankrupcy: John Tilbury


12th September 1836

An inquest was held yesterday before Mr. Longcroft, Coroner, at the "Robin Hood", Standford in the parish of Headley on the body of William Tilbury who, after drinking with a man named Edward Marshall at the Robin Hood, was provoked by the latter to fight. After many rounds the fight having lasted nearly an hour, the deceased fell with Marshall apon him and never rose afterwards. From that moment he was insensible, dieing the following morning.

Apon a post mortem examination Mr. Berry of Liphook found an immense quantity of blood over the right hemisphere of the brain and also in the base of the skull, which caused death.

The verdict was manslaughter against Edward Marshall who is committed to Winchester gaol for trial in the March assizes.

28th October 1841

New Court, Before the Common Sergeant and Sir C. Marshall.

Richard Tilbury, a well dressed and diminutive young man was indicted for stealing a piece of carpet, the property of our Sovereign Lady The Queen. A private in the Coldstream Guards deposed that he was on duty in the square at Kensington Palace when he saw the prisoner coming from the Palace with the carpet in his possession. His suspicions were aroused and he questioned the prisoner as to whose carpet he was carrying. He replied his own but he appeared so confused that he detained him until further enquiry. Charles Silverthorne, an employee at the Palace, proved that the carpet stolen belonged to Her Majesty the Queen.

The prisoner was found guilty and sentenced to three months imprisonment and hard labour.


18th April 1864

Fatal Accident at Steeplechase.
On Saturday an inquest was held before Mr. C. C. Lewis on the body of Mr. John Christian Tilbury, aged 26, who died from injuries sustained by the fall of his horse apon him at the South Essex Steeplechase on Thursday last. The enquiry took place at the house of Mr. Campbell on whose farm the accident occurred.

Mr John Tilbury of 9 Gloucester Crescent, Hyde Park, said

"The deceased was my son. He kept a riding establishment and I acted as his assistant."

[voluminous details of how the accident happened]
The wife of the deceased was Miss Lydia Thompson, the celebrated actress, by whom he had one child.

11th September 1857 - in the NEWS FROM FRANCE SECTION:
A bad accident happened yesterday afternoon to M. Adolphe Fould, son of the Minister. He was seized with giddiness while driving his tilbury in the Champs Elysees and fell out of the vehicle. He was taken up senseless and conveyed to the Palace of the Exposition.
At 10 at night he had not yet recovered his senses, but after that hour his state improved and this morning it was found practicable to convey him to his Father's residence.

[Yeah - I bet! Drinking at lunchtime can ruin your afternoon. Should have been wearing his seatbelt too]



10th March 1853

The Insolvent Debtors Court. March 9th.
Before the Chief Commissioner:
William Harries Tilbury.
This insolvent, the comedian well known upon the meropolitan boards, petitioned under the Protection Act.

[He had been short of engagements and running short of money so he gave some furniture to someone to sell for him but was swindled out of its true value. He was in debt to the total of 200 pounds.]

7 January 1854 - John Tilbury Junior
Glocester Place, New Road, coachbuilder, Jan. 19th at 1 o'clock, Feb. 14 at the Bankrupts' Court: Solicitors Bicknall and Bicknall, Connaught Ter., Edgeware Rd.: Official assignee, Mr. Groom, Abchurch Lane.

11 March 1854 - John Tilbury Junior
Court of Bankruptcy, Basinghall St., March 10th. Before Mr. Commissioner HOLROYD.
The bankrupt was a carriage manufacturer of Glocester Place, New Road., and had been in partnership with the manufacturer of the carriage bearing the name 'Tilbury'.

His accounts commence on 1st Jan. 1848 with a capital of 1593 pounds. He now owes to creditors, unsecured 2446 pounds, ditto holding security, 5799 pounds, besides liabilities 5924 pounds. The assets consist of good debts and doubtful ditto 5815 pounds.

The profits over 6 years had been 4828 pounds; trade expenses and repairs 1905 pounds, Interest 1694 pounds, Household expenses 1051 pounds, personal ditto 1788 pounds, Losses 1940 pounds.

This was an examination meeting. - Mr. Bricknell said the accounts were satisfactory and the bankrupt passed.

5 April 1854 - John Tilbury Junior
Court of Bankruptcy, Basinghall St., April 4th. Before Mr. Commissioner HOLROYD.
The bankrupt, who was a coachmaker in Glocester Place, New Road, applied for his certificate.

Mr Bagley supported; Mr Bicknell, for the assignees offered no opposition, nor did any other creditor. The official assignees reported favourably of the bankrupt's conduct in assisting to wind up his estate since the bankrupcy was attributed to Tilbury's unfortunate connection with Count Dunin, at whose instance he accepted accommodation bills to a large amount.

His HONOUR, in giving judgement, said that he had looked over the balance sheet to see if the bankrupcy could have been avoided. He found, however, that it resulted from the bankrupt having accepted accommodation bills, putting his name most imprudently to them at the desire of Count Dunin, and being a security for him to an insurance office. Nothing could be more mischievous then to incur a liability of this kind.

[The judgement continues at some length - basically saying that John Tilbury was cheated and has learned his lesson]

A 3rd class certificate was issued.


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