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Some Selected Reports from The Windsor and Eton Express

17th September 1842

The Bishop of New Zealand
The Bishop of New Zealand (Dr.Selwyn) arrived at his distant diocese on the 16th of April, after a journey of 110 days.

Mysterious Death

A few days since a young woman, who was housekeeper to a Mr.Delamotte, of Salthill, died at his house, and as she had been known to have been unwell for some time, and as it was reported that she had not received proper medical aid during her illness, her death caused some sensation in the neighbourhood. A coroner's inquest was therefore deemed necessary by the parish authorities to satisfy the public mind upon the subject, and on Wednesday last an inquest was held before J.Charsley, Esq., at Salthill. After a lengthened enquiry, in which some rather extraordinary facts were elicited, an open verdict was recorded, as the jury could not then come to a conclusion as to the cause of the deceased's death, therefore by their verdict further enquiry can be made if it should be deemed necessary.

Fatal Accident at Old Windsor

On Thursday afternoon as some workmen at Pelling-place, Old Windsor, the residence of Miss Harvey Bonell, were felling a branch of a tree near the dwelling house, the coachman, George Field, was accidentally killed on the spot. It appears that the deceased with others had hold of the rope, and in lowering the branch, a portion of it struck him on the temple, and thus caused instantaneous death. The body of the deceased was immediately after the accident taken into the house, and medical assistance sent for, but it was of no avail. The deceased was a single man, aged about 35, and he had been in the service of Miss Harvey Bonell, and the late Mrs.Bonell for twelve years.

Narrow Escapes with Horses, &c.

On Tuesday afternoon as a party of ladies and gentlemen were proceeding down Sheet-street on their road to Maidenhead in a hired carriage from that town, the postboy, who appeared to have been taking more liquor than was beneficial to him, suddenly fell off his horse opposite the Queen's stabling and fell almost under the wheels which passed over the crown of his hat, but most fortunately missed his head; his shoulder however was injured either by the fall or by the wheels running against it. After receiving kind attention in Mr.Tebbott's house, whither he was taken after the accident, the poor fellow was sent to the Dispensary to receive proper medical attention, which had been sent for prior to his going thither, but all the neighbourhood medical gentlemen were out. After the man fell the horses fortunately turned the corner for the road for Maidenhead in safety, and being much jaded they were easily stopped without further accident. A fresh postboy was obtained from the White Hart and the party proceeded on their journey home, leaving the other driver to proceed by railway when he had recovered the effects of the fall, &c.

On Wednesday afternoon a horse in an open carriage, in which were a lady and gentleman, commenced kicking violently in descending the hill from the Statue to the Long Walk, in consequence of the "breeching" breaking, which occasioned the "dashing board" of the carriage to press on his hind quarters; and on reaching the bottom of the hill he set off at full gallop with the kicking accompaniment; however, by the perseverance of the driver, the animal was kept in the road, and after galloping some distance was stopped by his getting his leg over the splinter bar of the carriage. The lady and gentleman were thus enabled to alight in safety, though much alarmed. How to extract the horse from his difficulties was then for consideration, and in endeavouring to effect this the carriage was overturned, which, as it happened, was all for the best, for , in his struggles the horse released his leg without any assistance; and matters were then soon properly adjusted, strange to say, without doing any injury whatever.

Windsor Police - Monday
[Before John Clode, Esq.,(Mayor), and Robert Blunt, Esq.]

John Bunce was charged by the police with creating a disturbance. It appeared that the defendant had married the daughter of a Mrs.Weblin, and that he was in the habit of ill-using his wife, who had only about three weeks ago given birth to a child. Mrs.Weblin finding him ill-treating her daughter, she expostulated with him, when he created a disturbance, and made use of very gross abuse to her, and threatened her. He was fined 20s and 5s 6d costs, and in default of payment was committed to prison for fourteen days.

A boy named William Hill was charged with felony, but as the witnesses were not present, he was remanded until Thursday.

Mr.Thumwood complained of a girl of the town, named Mary Anne Lawrence, who had got into a shed of his, in order to seek refuge for the night. He stated that he could not keep a lock on his place, for the girl's were constantly resorting thither to sleep. The magistrates remanded the prisoner until Thursday. Mary Anne Lawrence, who was remanded on Monday, on a charge of vagrancy, in getting into Mr.Thumwood's shed to sleep, was again brought up, and she was remanded to prison until Saturday, then to be sent to her home by a carrier who comes that day to Windsor.

Sarah Anne Smith was again brought before the magistrates to be re-examined on a charge of stealing a gown and a shawl, the property of Elizabeth Wilkinson, her companion, in the Ascot Race week. The prosecutrix , it appeared, had not made the charge of felony against the prisoner until last week, when the latter was apprehended. On the first night of her incarceration in the station-house, she made an attempt on her life by strangulation , but fortunately she was discovered in time to save her life, Mr.Pearl, the surgeon of the Dispensary, on being sent for promptly attended, and bled her. She was black in the face, and in a few minutes would have expired had she not been thus timely discovered. The prisoner stated that she came from Ipswich, in which town her father keeps the Suffolk Hotel. It is hoped by the magistrates that some member of her family on being communicated with would claim her, and as the complainant did not attend to press the charge, she was remanded to Monday next, when, if no-one appears, she will be liberated.

Wm.Hill, a boy in the service of Mr.Hill, of the Barley Mow beer-shop in Sheet-street, was charged with robbing his master. He has been remanded from Monday last, and as the witnesses to prove the case were not even now present, the magistrates again remanded him to Monday next.

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

Job Pollard, Oliver Watson, and Henry Robinson, all private soldiers, were charged with assaulting John Lambert and his wife. It appeared that on Sunday night week the complainant and his wife were walking from Windsor to Slough by the way of Datchet, when the defendant Pollard struck the complainant on the back with a cane he was carrying. Complainant said to him that he should report him, on which Pollard struck him in the face, and the other two defendants knocked his wife down. The whole of them used very abusive language. Complainant gave information of the occurrence, and the defendants were subsequently apprehended. The defendants denied the charge, which, however, was fully proved, and the magistrates fined them 1 18s 6d including costs, and in default of payment they were committed for one month to the house of correction at Aylesbury.

George Dancer was charged with using a snare to catch hares on the grounds of Mr.Martin, at Stoke Poges, but in the occupation of Mr.Charles Marshall.
William Parker stated that on that day week (Wednesday) he caught the defendant setting a snare in Mr.Martin's field, which is a breeding ground for hares. The defendant admitted that he was there, but denied that he placed the snares there. He was fined 1 16s 6d, including costs, and was allowed a month to pay the money. In default he was to be committed to prison for two months.

John Bridgeman was charged with stealing mushrooms in a field the property of Lord Montague. The case was proved by Wm.Littleboy, who was in his Lordship's service, and who saw the defendant gathering the mushrooms. He had gathered about a peck. The magistrates fined him 20s, including costs, and allowed him a fortnight to pay it.

Robert Roe and Thomas Eeles appeared to answer a charge of assault which they committed on John Bailey of Datchet. It appeared that the defendants had gone to Mr.Lipscomb's the Horse and Groom, at Datchet, at ten o'clock on Wednesday night in last week, and asked to be served with some beer. The complainant being there spoke to Mr.Lipscombe something which induced the latter to decline serving them; this excited their wrath towards the complainant, of whom they demanded what he had said, and they then assaulted him. They were fined 1 16s, including costs, and allowed 14 days to pay it.

George Finch was charged with stealing mushrooms from a field belonging to George Botham, at Stoke.
Frederick Eager, a police-constable, stated that he saw the defendant and two of his sons picking mushrooms in Mr.Botham's field. They on seeing him, ran away, after having picked about a peck. The defendant was fined 20s, including costs, and allowed a fortnight to pay it.

William Newland was charged with assaulting John Herritt, on the 12th inst., at Iver. It appeared there had been some dispute between the parties at a public-house about the wheel of a barrow, in the midst of which the defendant threw the remains of a pot of beer in the complainant's face. The defendant said he did not intend to throw the beer at the complainant, but on having some flies in his pot, he was throwing them out with the rest of his beer, when he accidentally threw some on him. He called a witness, who stated that it was done by accident.
The magistrates, however, thought the charge proved, and fined the defendant 1 1s 6d, including costs, allowing him 24 days to pay it, or in default to be committed for a month.

John Woods was charged with assaulting James Herritt, at the Black Horse, Iver Heath. It seemed the parties quarrelled, and the defendant had challenged the complainant to fight. The latter was nothing loth, but the defendant suddenly knocked the other down. The magistrates conceived the parties to be equally in the wrong, and dismissed the case.

James Perryman was charged with furious driving in Eton. The complaint was laid at the instance of Mr.Brown, Surveyor of Eton. Mr.Brown said, on the 5th inst., he and a young man named Hunt, were walking on the pavement at Eton, when, opposite Mrs Horsford's the defendant drove up against him and Mr.Hunt, the latter of whom was knocked down and the wheel went over his neck. Another cart was just before him. The defendant's horse came on the pavement, and was being driven very fast; he (Mr.Brown) could not state the pace it was going at, as the cart was behind him. The young man (Mr.Hunt) was much injured. He had never seen the defendant tipsy in his life. Mr.Perryman said that his horse was a very spirited one, had shied and went across the pavement. He (defendant) could not prevent the occurance - it was a momentary thing, and his horse was very hard in the mouth. The magistrates, under the circumstances, inflicted only a fine of 20s , which included costs, and which was paid.

William Chapman was charged with damaging some clover, the property of James Gerling, of Iver, but the complainant did not appear, and the case was dismissed.

Slough Dahlia Show

The exhibition , the first that has taken place at Slough, (having previously been held at Salthill) under the immediate patronage of her Most Gracious Majesty and Prince Albert, with the Duke of Buckingham as president, and several of the neighbouring nobility and gentry as vice-presidents, took place yesterday in the gardens of the new Royal Hotel at the Slough station; over the entrance to which facing the up station was exhibited the words "Grand Floricultural Exhibition," surmounted by a crown, "V.R.," and two flags, all tastefully formed of dahlias. Within the garden were two tents, one of 100 feet in length, another of 30, in which were displayed the various floricultural productions exhibited for competition, and Mr.Dotesio, the proprietor of the hotel, also had a refreshment tent there.

The exhibition was considered a very good one, and the prizes were awarded as under:-

First Class (amateurs or gentlemen's gardeners) First prize, Mr.Bragg, Slough; second prize, Mr.Ford, Pinkney's Green; third prize, Mr.Weedon, Hillingdon. The second prize had been awarded to Mr.Warne, of Uxbridge, but it was afterwards discovered by the judges that the eye of one of the flowers was ingeniously tied up with thread, which, of course, disqualified him.

Second Class (amateurs or gentlemen's gardeners) First prize, Mr.Bragg, Slough; second prize, Mr.Ford, Pinkney's Green; third prize, Mr.Humber, Southall; fourth prize, Mr.Howard, Burnham.

Third Class (nurserymen) - First prize, Mr.Brown, Slough; second prize, Mr.Harrison, Downham; third prize, Mr.Kaynes, Salisbury; fourth prize, Mr.Stewart, Salt-hill.

Fourth Class (nurserymen) - First prize, Mr.Brown, Slough; second prize, Mr.Stewart, Salt-hill; third prizes, Messrs. Maule, Bristol; fourth prize, Mr.Harrison, Downham.

Fifth Class (nurserymen, seedlings 1841) - First, antagonist, Mr.Bragg, Slough; second, Springfield lions, Mr.Turvill, Springfield; third, virgil, Mr.Mountjoy, Ealing; fourth, beauty of Sussex, Mr.Mitchell, Piltdown; fifth, empress of the whites, Mr.Smith, Hornsea; sixth, Sir Robert Sale, Mr.Smith, Hackney; seventh, hero of Stonehenge, Mr.Whale, Elcot; eighth, miranda, Mr.Brown, Slough.

Sixth Class (nurserymen, seedlings 1842, single bloom, 17 entries) - First prize, Mr.Stein, Highgate; second, third, and fourth, Mr.Brown, Slough.

Besides the dahlias exhibited for competition there were especially worth of notice splendid collections of specimen plants from Mr.Stewart's, of Salt-hill, Mrs.Tunno, of Taplow, and G.Penn, Esq., of Stoke. A fine collection of fruit was also exhibited. A sample of onions, shown by Mr.Lovegrove, of Windsor, grown by Mr.French, of Lewes, attracted particular notice. They were 6 in number, and the weight of the whole was 16 1/4lb. By the side of these, by way of showing a perfect contrast, were placed six perfect onions, which did not weigh together a quarter of an ounce. The collection of heartseases was very good for the season; those of Mr.Brown were very fine specimens. Indeed the superiority of the Slough flowers - those of Mr.Brown and Mr.Bragg - over the others, was as manifest at this show as it has been at the others at which they have been exhibited this season. The whole of the prizes given on this occasion were open to all England, and the whole management and getting up of the exhibition has, as last year, rested with Mr.Brown, of Slough. The fineness of the day drew together a large number of the rank and fashion of the vicinity, who, besides being gratified with the exhibition, were much delighted with the excellent performances of the band of the 15th regiment of foot, which had been engaged on the occasion. The general company, however, was not so numerous as could have been wished. In the afternoon the exhibitors and their friends dined together at the hotel.


Horticultural Society - The second show of the Staines Horticultural Society took place on Tuesday , in the Assembly Room of the Bush and Clarence Hotel. The day being beautifully fine the visitors were numerous, and the productions of the competitors very good and in great quantities, and the company were much gratified by the display. The following is a list of competitors to whom prizes were awarded:-

First Class (amateurs) - First prize, dahlias, second prize, heartsease, Mr.Bragg, Slough; first prize, asters, Mr.Yeldham; first prize, heartsease, Mr.J.Keat; first prize, collection of fruit, Mr.Holderness, Horton; first prize, vegetables, second prize, fruit, second prize, French marigolds, Mr.G.Gammon; second prize, vegetables, Mr.W.Cousens.

Second Class (gardeners) - First prize, cut flowers, first prize, vegetables, first prize, verbenas, Mr.Shepherd, gardener to Col.Wood, M.P.; first prize, melon, second prize, cut flowers, Mr.Green, gardener to W.Clode, Esq., Egham; extra prize, melon, Mr.Groom, gardener to Sir.J.Gibbons, Bart.; first prize, grapes, first prize, cockscombs, first prize, specimen plant, second prize, melon, second prize cucumbers, Mr.Piper, gardener to - Scott, Esq., Shepperton; first prize, collection of fruit, first prize, cucumbers, second prize, specimen fuschia, second prize, verbenas, Mr.Bowers, gardener to the Earl of Lucan; second prize, collection of vegetables, Mr.French; first prize, marigolds, Mr.Marsh, gardener to Miss Pope; second prize, vegetables, Mr.Cox, gardener to the Rev.J.Buckland, Laleham; first prize, China asters, third prize, specimen plant, Mr.Evans, gardener to Mrs.Maddeford.

Third Class (nurserymen) - First prize, dahlias, first and second prize, specimen plants, first prize 6 fuschias , first prize 24 verbenas, first prize, green-house plant, Mr.Stewart, Salt-hill.

We understand that the gentry of Staines and its neighbourhood are about to take this society by the hand, therefore we may conclude that the next season will prove highly attractive.

High Wycombe

The lovers of mirth and good order had a glorious treat on Monday week at the opening of a Druid's Lodge in this town. A deputation from the grand lodge, and a very large company of brothers from lodge 19, Uxbridge, assembled at four o'clock, and sat down to a most sumptuous dinner, prepared by, and at the house of, that very worthy and respectable host, brother Pitkin, of the Hare and Hounds, to whom it did infinite credit. The lodge was afterwards opened by Noble Arch Granger, of lodge 19, and eleven gentlemen fully inaugurated into the mysteries of druidism. N.A.Granger then in a neat and excellent speech addressed his brother Druids on the principles of the society, and the advantages accruing to the members from the band of friendship which it established. Brother Ivall, of the grand lodge, and the Supreme Royal Arch Chapter was then installed as Noble Arch to the new lodge, and very highly complimented as being the first to introduce Druidism in the county of Buckingham. The brothers then entered with great glee into the amusements of the evening in that peculiar way for which Druids are so justly celebrated. The Noble Arch Ivall's health having been drank, he replied in a very admirable speech, in which he congratulated then and himself of the final establishment of the new lodge, which he had had so much at heart for some years. The hour of twelve arrived the brothers reluctantly separated, highly gratified with the entertainment they had experienced. No doubt it will long be remembered with delight by those who were fortunate enough to be participators in it.