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15th October 1842

Rabbit Shooting

Yesterday afternoon Lord Byron (lord in waiting to her Majesty), Major-General Sir Edward Bowater, and the Hon.C.A.Murray, left Windsor Castle for the royal preserves at Swinley, and in less than three hours the extra-ordinary number of upwards of 200 rabbits were killed.

Accident to G.E.Anson, Esq

We regret to state that Mr. Anson, treasurer and private secretary to his Royal Highness Prince Albert, met with an accident on Thursday morning, which has prevented his leaving his residence, in the Great Park, since it occurred. It appears that as Mr.Anson was leaving the Castle, with Major-General Sir Edward Bowater, in attendance on the Prince, for the purpose of hunting with his royal highness's beagles, his horse stumbled, and Mr.A fell to the ground with great force, severely injuring his right hip.

Windsor Subscription Ball

The Windsor first subscription ball took place on Tuesday evening, at the Town-hall, and was both numerously and fashionably attended. Dancing commenced at 11 o'clock, and was continued till four, with great spirit to Weippert's celebrated Scotch quadrille band.
Amongst the company were Sir G.East Clayton East and party, Mr.Percy and Miss Crutchley, Mr and Mrs.Riley, Mr and Miss Foster, Sir Felix Booth, Col.Challoner, Col. and Mrs.Glennie, the Misses Glynne, Mrs.Dobinson and party, Miss Ricardo and party, Mr. and Mrs.Hercy and party, Mr.Ward and family, Capt.Martyn, Hon.Mr.Hoare, and several of the officers of the 2nd Life Guards and 15th Regiment of Foot. The royal Scotch quadrilles were, by express desire, no less than four times during the night. The refreshments and management of Mr.Layton gave general satisfaction.

Literary and Scientific Institution

We perceive by an advertisement that Mr.Otway, the Shakesperian lecturer, who is now giving a course of lectures at Eton College, has been engaged to deliver his series of talented and interesting lectures in the theatre of the Literary Institution of this town.

American Circus

It will be seen by our advertising columns that a company of American equestrians intend to exhibit their surprising feats to the public of Windsor and the neighbourhood on Monday and Tuesday next, in a pavilion in the Bachelor's Acre.

A Meeting of Veterans

A few days ago six soldiers of the 2nd Life Guards now stationed in Windsor, whose united time of service in the army amounted to no less than 175 years and three months, dined together at Spital. There names and periods of service were - James Neate, 32 years and 7 months; Thomas Mills, 32 years; Edward Stretton, 29 years and 2 months; Samuel Pullen, 27 years and 3 months; John Cockhill, 27 years and 2 months; and - Dobbins, 27 years and 1 month - making a total, as before stated, of 175 years and 3 months. Neate the eldest soldier of the party, was 7 years in the 2nd (or Queen's Royal) Regiment of Foot, and during that time was in the following memorable engagements:- the siege of Flushing, Salamanca, Vittoria, the Pyrenees, the Nieve, and Toulouse, and was a volunteer at the siege of St.Sebastian.

In excavating the foundations for a new iron bridge, which has just been completed in the very retired village of Wyrardisbury, in Buckinghamshire, a considerable number of horses shoes and nails were discovered imbedded in a peat bog several feet below the surface. They were of extremely rude construction, which, coupled with the fact of their having been found four feet beneath an ancient road, leaves no doubt of their antiquity, notwithstanding which, the iron was in the highest state of preservation, and as free from rust as when forged, for the hammer marks of the smith were still visible.
The bridge is a very light and powerful structure, and is on a new principle, which is not half so expensive as the centering for a common stone bridge of the same magnitude. It is seventeen feet wide, one hundred feet span, and is intended for every description of traffic; it is perfectly level throughout, and was completed in three weeks after the foundation stone was laid. Close to the spot are Runneymede and the island where the famous Magna Charta was signed by King John, in June, 1215.

Foot Races

On Monday last a ten mile foot race between "Paddy" the runner, and the "Greenwich Cowboy," came off on the Bath road, the starting place being at the Magpies, at Harlington-corner, the men running a mile out and home. The "Cowboy," who was the favourite before the starting, won the match cleverly, and ran the distance in 12 seconds less than an hour. The men kept well together for the first five miles, "Paddy" taking the lead; at the sixth mile the "Cowboy" "took up the running," darted off considerably in advance of "Paddy," and maintained his position of several yards ahead to the end of the ten miles, winning by upwards of 100 yards. "Paddy" ran the distance, and performed it in half a minute over the hour.

Yesterday there were two races in the New Road, Windsor, the first was between a well known runner in this vicinity called the "Eclipse," and a private in the 2nd Regiment of Life Guards, named Renn, in which the "Eclipse" came off victorious, darting off with the lead which he kept to the end of the distance, 100 yards, and winning cleverly by five or six yards. - The second race was between another celebrated local runner called the "Stag," and another of the 2nd Life Guards, named Miller. The last was the best contested race ever witnessed, the distance was 150 yards, throughout which the men ran neck and neck, the "Stag" having rather the best of the race till within about 20 yards from the winning place, when Miller collared his opponent, and the race ended in a "dead heat."

Windsor Quarter Sessions

The Quarter Sessions of the peace for this borough were fixed by the Recorder to take place on Thursday last, at 11 o'clock, in the Town Hall, but in consequence, we believe, of the Recorder being engaged as counsel on the Special Commissions, the learned gentleman altered his determination two or three days previously and postponed them occurring until Friday next, being a period of eight days longer than the first appointed time. By the Act, however, it was necessary that the court should be opened pro forma, in order to its being regularly adjourned; and in the Act it is provided that in case of the absence of the Recorder and Deputy Recorder, the Mayor should open and adjourn the court, provided that the said Mayor should not in any way set as a judge in the court.

Mr.Secker, the town-clerk and clerk of the peace for the borough, waited on the Mayor, at the Town-hall, on Thursday morning, in order to the pro forma opening of the court of Quarter Sessions and adjourning the court, reading at the same time the clause of the Act empowering the mayor to do so, and also to respite the recognizances of persons bound over to attend at the sessions as witnesses, &c. This formal proceeding was gone through, and the court was the adjourned to next Friday.

Windsor Police
[Before John Clode, Esq.(Mayor), and Wm.Legh,Esq.]

Richard Greenwood was charged with being drunk and disorderly . The prisoner had been before in custody on a similar charge, and on that occasion stated himself to be the brother of Eliza Greenwood, whose murder in the Waterloo-road a few years since excited a considerable sensation in the public mind. When last in custody he stated that he was about to obtain employment at the new royal gardens at Frogmore, and the magistrates consented to liberate him, at the same time reprimanding him. He was now brought up for being drunk and disorderly at six o'clock on the previous afternoon. The prisoner was again reprimanded and discharged, but threatened with the treadmill if he should offend again.

Mary Snowden was charged with being drunk and disorderly at one o'clock that (Monday) morning. The prisoner was a very troublesome customer to the police when drunk. Her husband was in employment at Slough, and she pretended to be very penitent. On her assurance that she would return to Slough and not be troublesome in Windsor again, she was discharged, with a reprimand and caution as to her future conduct. Wednesday

James Gibbs and Edward Butler, two privates of the 13th Foot, were charged with assaulting two persons, named Simpson and Tubb, in the street on the previous evening.
It appeared that the prisoners and another soldier (who escaped) were coming through the streets in a state of intoxication, when they met Simpson and Tubb, whom they immediately, and without the slightest provocation, attacked with their leather belts, beating them severely about their heads and bodies. The police, however, fortunately came up, and prevented more serious injury. One of the soldiers escaped, but the two prisoners were taken into custody, conveyed to their barracks, and placed there under confinement. They were fined 10s each, and the costs 7s 6d each, and in default of payment to be imprisoned one month.

[Before John Clode,Esq.(Mayor), Sir John Chapman, and John Banister,Esq.]

John Sowden was charged with being disorderly and breaking a window. It appeared that he had paid for the window, and the magistrates discharged him.

Mary Snowden was again brought up for being drunk and disorderly. She was only liberated on Monday (as above stated), and she got drunk on Tuesday night, and was as troublesome as ever to the police. No less than twenty-four duplicates were found in her possession. She begged hard to be forgiven declaring she would not get drunk again, and the magistrates consented to try her once more, and discharged her. The only other case before the bench to-day was one of assault, but after it had been partially gone into the magistrates advised the parties to retire and settle the matter between themselves, which they did, and no adjudication was made upon it.

Eton Police Monday
[Before C.Tower, Esq.]

James King was charged with stealing four horses nose bags from a waggon belonging to Mr.W.Trumper, of Dorney.

Mr.Williams attended as counsel for the prisoner.

Thomas Arlott, a carter in the employ of Mr.Trumper, stated that a long time ago (the robbery was committed in March, 1841), he was driving his team home from Fulmar, and he went through Eton at night, when he saw the nose bags safely buckled to the tail of the waggon. He missed them when he got home, but he said nothing about the loss to his master. He afterwards made inquiry for them, and eventually he received them from a person named William Hale, at the Horse Shoes public house. The bags were brought there by agreement. The reason he never mentioned the loss to his master was because he thought he might get the bags back. The prisoner was present when witness received them back, and he drank some beer. The greater portion of the workpeople of Mr.Trumper knew of the loss, by Mr.Trumper himself did not know of it.

In cross-examination by Mr.Williams, the witness said he knew the prisoner was living at Eton Wick all this time.

The bags were produced and identified by the witness.

William Hale stated that as he was driving his cart - it was in the winter season, but he could not tell when it was - the prisoner came to him and offered him the four nose bags. He said he did not want such things, and at last the prisoner threw them into his cart, saying "Give me what they are worth." The witness, hearing an enquiry for them, gave them back to the prisoner, who returned them to him, and he then was the cause of their being given to the first witness. The prisoner when he gave them to him (witness) the second time, said that he (witness) would probably see some of Mr.Trumper's people first, and could give them the bags.

John Larkin, chief constable of Iver, stated that on Wednesday in last week he received information that the prisoner was in custody on another charge, from which, however, he was discharged, and he (witness) then took him into custody on a charge of burglary, on which at present he had not been able to obtain the necessary evidence. He also received information that the prisoner had stolen Mr.Trumper's nose bags. The prisoner denied that he had ever had the bags in his possession, or knew anything about them.

King, an Iver constable, corroborated Larkin's testimony.

Mr.Trumper stated that he was first told of the loss of the bags about a month ago, previous to which time he knew nothing about them.

Mr.Williams addressed the magistrate, contending that there was not sufficient evidence against his client to warrant a committal.

Mr.Towers, however, was of a different opinion, and committed the prisoner for trial at the quarter sessions.

The worthy magistrate enquired of Larkin if he had not one or two other cases against the prisoner.

Larkin said he had not got the evidence ready, but if he could obtain it he should prefer indictments at the sessions.

Thomas Scott, a labouring man, was charged with stealing 5s 6d, and two silk handkerchiefs, the property of Thomas Garrett. It appeared that the prosecutor was in the service of the Crown Inn, at Horton. On Sunday morning when he got up he left 5s 6d in an old shoe under his bed, and close by it was his box of clothes. While he was lighting the fire in the tap-room, the prisoner, who had lodged there, came in and went up the stairs to lay down in his bed. The complainant afterwards had occasion to go out, and on his return he saw the prisoner go towards the Bells public-house. Complainant entertaining some suspicion went up the stairs, and missed his 5s 6d, and two silk handkerchiefs from his box. He then went to the Bells, where the prisoner was drinking with other persons, and wished him to go back to the Crown, but he refused to do so and started off. He gave information to Ratcliffe, a constable, who followed the prisoner for a considerable distance and apprehended him. The prisoner had when he was searched, a half-crown, and he had changed another half-crown at the Bells, where also he had thrown down one of the stolen handkerchiefs. He was fully committed for trial.

[Before Rev.Thos.Carter, C.Clowes,Esq., the Rev.W.G.Cookesley, Robt.Harvey, Esq., and M.Swabey, Esq.]

Thos.Britten and Thos.Slack, two persons of respectability, were charged with trespassing in search of game on the land of C.Tower, Esq., one of the county magistrates. They were convicted, and fined in the penalty of 20s each, besides costs - the costs against Mr.Britten, who resided in London, being 2 2s 3d, and those against Mr.Slack being 1 2s 9d.
The fines and costs were immediately paid, and the defendants preferred an information against Mr.Tower's gamekeeper, for being out with a gun and a dog and having no certificate, which was granted.

William Bowler was fined 3, and 1 3s 3d costs, for shooting a pheasant on the land of Benjamin Way, Esq., at Langley Marish.

An information was heard at the instance of Mr.Way's gamekeeper against three men, named Thomas Cox, Robert Ball, and Wm.Ball, for laying snares for catching hares in a wood belonging to that gentleman in Denham parish; but the charge was not substantiated, and the case was dropped.

James Weston was charged with vagrancy, and he was committed to Aylesbury gaol, and to hard labour, for one month. He, however, on his was to the gaol, in custody of a constable, was so insecurely guarded, that he contrived to effect his escape.


Thorpe Ploughing Match - On Monday last the little village of Thorpe, near this town, was enlivened by a ploughing match, which had been got up by the gentry and farmers resident in the parish, and the day being exceedingly fine attracted many spectators to witness it. Twelve teams were entered, each of which ploughed about three-quarters of an acre, six inches deep, and which was performed in about six hours.

The judges, Messrs. H.Penfold, T.Longhurst, jun., and H.Nesmythe, had some difficulty in awarding the premiums, the ploughing being so very nearly alike, but they at length decided as follows, which gave general satisfaction:-

Ploughman Boy Owner . s. d.
Henry RedickLady Blackett100
William TaylorG.GrimesRev.H.L.Bennett0150

About six o'clock the ploughmen and boys adjourned to the Pipe House Inn, and partook of a good dinner, which had been kindly provided for them by their masters, and the latter with their friends retired to the Rose and Crown, where mine host, Master Beauchamp, placed before them a most excellent feed. The song and toast went merrily round, and all departed evidently much gratified with the proceedings of the day. We must not forget to mention that this is only the second year of the match, and that as the treasurer has still funds in hand, it is hoped it will be renewed next year.

Mr.Field's concert, which took place at the Literary Institution on Tuesday evening last, was most fashionably and numerously attended, and Mr.F.Chatterton's performance on the harp, particularly in the piece "Auld Lang Syne," elicited the most rapturous applause; in fact, the concert taken altogether, does Mr.Field much credit, and we have only to state that if the five which are to follow are got up in a similar manner, Mr.F. will be certain of receiving the patronage and support of the gentry and inhabitants of the town and its neighbourhood.

We understand Mr.Daborn, of Milford Green, Chobham, has had eight Down ewes stolen from his premises. They are marked with pitch J.D on each side and a red ochre mark on the loin. Eight pounds reward are offered on conviction.


The Great Western Railway Assessment - Last evening a vestry meeting of this parish was held, C.Tower, Esq., in the chair, the chief object of which was to consider the propriety of re-assessing that portion of the line of the Great Western Railway that passes through the parish. The present assessment is only at 400 per mile, and it was proposed to increase the amount to 1000 per mile. We are glad to perceive that this parish has taken up this subject, in which there can be little doubt they will succeed, especially after the Corsham case, where the assessment was raised considerably, although not to the extent which the parish had proposed to have it.
But the parish of Iver are entitled to at least, or even more, than the amount they claim, for the reasons that prevented the Corsham parish from gaining their full claim, viz., that the profits per mile by the company, as stated, were not earned to that extent at Corsham, but that the most profitable was the London end, which certainly includes the Iver portion of the line.
S.Clarke, Esq., attended to represent the directors of the company, and after some discussion had taken place upon the subject, the further consideration of it was adjourned to next Friday.

The vestry then proceeded to appoint constables with salaries, when the following were chosen:-

John Larkin, superintendent, at 34 a year; George King, at 16; and James Springall, at 6 a year.

The meeting then sold the scrapings of the roads in the various districts to different persons, after which the vestry adjourned to Friday.

Coroner's Inquest

An inquest was held on Thursday, at the George, in this town, on the body of John Faulkner, who was found hanging to a gate at Coleman's green, in this parish.

John Chapman, a boy about 15 years of age, said he had been to Uxbridge fair, and as he was returning, about half past one o'clock in the morning, he kicked against a garter in the road, and on looking he saw the deceased against Mr.Gurling's gate. Witness spoke, but receiving no answer he gave an alarm to the neighbours, and he was cut down. He was hung by a strap to the top bar of the gate. The strap was produced by John Larkin, the foreman of the jury. Witness had seen the strap many times round the deceased's waist. He was quite dead when cut down, but a little warm.

A Juryman - Do you know the reason why he has hung himself ? Witness - No, I have heard it was about my sister; he used to keep company with her, but she went to the fair that night with another young man; and did not come home till after we got home. We left her and the young man at the Cut-bridge.

Rebecca Chapman, sister to the last witness, said she had kept company with the deceased about six weeks, and she saw him last on Monday night at her father's gate; he did not come in as her father had forbidden her to keep company with him. He said he would always speak to her. He had promised her marriage, but her father would not let her have him; he was fond of her, and she was fond of him. He appeared to be in the same state of mind as usual. She was about 19 years old.

Juror - What time did you go to the fair ? Witness - In the evening.

Juror - And who went with you ? Witness - A young man that was my sweetheart for nearly two years before.

Charles Prior stated that he was called up between one and two o'clock, when he found the deceased lying close to the gate just cut down, and was quite dead. He assisted in carrying him into his father's house, which was close by; he went to look at the gate about seven o'clock, and found the remainder of the strap tied tight to the top bar of the gate; the gate is about four feet high.

After some additional evidence corroborative of the above, the jury returned a verdict "That the deceased hung himself while labouring under temporary mental derangement."


The Late Captain Brew

A few friends of this gentleman having raised a subscription for the purpose of erecting a memorial to his memory, a stone has been placed on his grave, which bears the following inscription engraved thereon :- "This token of remembrance was erected by a few friends to the memory of William Brew, late Captain and Adjutant of the Royal West Middlesex Militia, who died September 14th 1842 ; - aged 67 years; "Who knew his Worth ! - Admired his Talent !! - Respect his Memory !!! - And regret his Death !!!!"

A handsome grown apple , called the Royal George, was exhibited in this town on the market day by Mr. John Newman, of Iver Court Farm, grown on a tree in his orchard, the produce of which was nine bushels; the apple in question weighed 21 ounces, and a heavier apple is acknowledged has never been grown in this part of England.

High Wycombe

On Tuesday, the 4th instant, Messrs. O'Malley and Worlledge, the revising barristers, held their court for the revision of the voters for this borough. Considerable interest was manifested in consequence of its being known that the right of some of Lord Carington's workmen to vote would be contested by the Reformers. Sir George Stephens appeared to protect the Abbey interest, and Mr.Charles Harman was retained for the Liberals.

In the parish list there was only one claim, and no objections. The claimant was Mr.James Walker Williams, who deposed that he occupied land and a building at Hazlemere worth more than 10 per annum. The building was a kind of cart hovel, it stood on four posts, three sides were open, and there was no door; it could not be locked up, it was a large building, and would hold several loads of dung.

Mr.Harman, who opposed the vote, contented that the building in question was not such a one as was contemplated by the Reform Act, and that the words "any other building" must be taken to apply to buildings of the description before specified, and that as it was clear the one in question was not ejusdem generis, the vote ought not to be allowed. In this view the court concurred, and disallowed the claim.

Mr.James Williams, the claimant's father, expressed himself much dissatisfied with the decision, and said other buildings were allowed to give votes not half so large or good as his son's. The building in question was a good one, and he would take the law on it.

Mr. O'Malley - Well, you can take the law on it.

Mr. Harman - If he do, I am fearful he'll break it down.

Mr.Williams - It will take a heavier person than you to break it down.

Mr.Harman - Oh, yes; and a cleverer person than you or your son to manufacture a vote out of it.