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1st October 1842



The Military Knights residences in the Lower Foundation, in the Castle Yard, which have been for a considerable time past much dilapidated, will shortly undergo the necessary repairs. On Wednesday morning the Earl of Lincoln, Chief Commissioner of the Woods and Forests, and Mr.Blore, the government architect, accompanied by Mr.Whitman, the Clerk of the Works, examined the buildings with a view to that object.

Eton College
Prince Albert's Prize of 50 for Modern Languages


These examinations have just taken place, the candidates were examined in French by M.Merlet, of the London University; in Italian, by Sig. Panizzi; and in German, by the Rev. M.Jetter. The number of competitors was 31, each standing in two languages. On Monday last Dr.Hawtrey gave out in school the names of the successful candidates, as also those of the young gentlemen who have distinguished themselves in each language, as follows:- French and Italian - 1st prize, Mr.Dodson, 20; 2nd ditto, Mr.Bastard, 5. French and German - 1st prize, Mr.Lambton, 20; 2nd, ditto, Mr.Dodson, 5. French best scholars - Messrs. Boileau, Bowles, Close, Crabter, Franks, Hogg, Marsh, Raper. Italian - Bowles, Franks, Ffolliot, Raper, Stratton. German - Marsh, Stratton, Lord Belgrave, Craster, Dugdale, Duckworth. Messrs. Dodson, Stratton, Franks, and Lord Belgrave stood for the three languages. The prizes were given in books bearing the royal arms and those of the college.

The New Constabulary Act


Yesterday week a meeting of the ratepayers of the first division of the hundred of Stoke was held at the Turk's Head, Eton, for the purpose of agreeing on a list of persons in the parish of Eton, qualified to act as constables, pursuant to a precept issued by the justices, for their appointment therefrom of such a number of persons as they (the justices) should deem necessary (having regard to the extent of the population of the parish of Eton), for that parish. Mr.C.E.Vaughan, one of the parish officers, was in the chair, and the following list was agreed upon to be presented to the justices for their selection:- James Jerome, High-street, coal dealer (who was recommended to be appointed as paid constable); Henry Swaine, High-street, hair-dresser; James McCallion, Keatels-lane, pensioner; John Wigginton, Brocas-lane, waterman; John Stevens, Brocas-lane, whitesmith; Wm.Howse, Eton-wick, gardener; Robert Tarrant, Eton Wick, farmer; Wm. Le Marchant, Cotton Hall, confectioner; Wm.Hilder, High-street, saddler; John Byles, High-street, cooper; Robert Turnock, High-street, tailor; George Hall, Brocas-lane, bird preserver; Thomas Knowles, High-street, general dealer; Andrew Starr, Tangier-lane, bricklayer; Thomas Bott, Eton College, pensioner; George Lawrence, Eldon-place, shoemaker; and Henry Perryman. Eton wick, labourer.

New Windsor Vestry Meeting


On Thursday last a vestry was held in vestry-room of New Windsor church. Mr.John Clode, churchwarden, in the chair, for the purpose of nominating constables for the hamlet of Dedworth, under the recent act passed for that purpose, when according to the precept received from the magistrates, four persons liable to serve the office were named. At the after part of the vestry Mr.Hill moved, and Mr.Hopkins seconded the following resolution , which was carried:- "That the present vestry is illegal in consequence of the notice of vestry not being posted on the principal door of the church."

Windsor Registration


On Wednesday the revising barristers held court at the Town Hall to revise the list of voters for this borough. There were no claims or objections, and the business was soon finished.

Death of a Prisoner in the Gaol


On Wednesday last an inquest was held before Mr.Marlin, coroner for this borough, at the Five Bells public house, Sheet-street, on the body of William Thomas, a prisoner in the borough gaol, who died there. It appeared that at the January sessions the deceased was convicted of passing base coin, and sentenced to two years imprisonment at Reading. Lately, in consequence of that gaol about being pulled down, and a new one erected, this prisoner with some others were sent back to the Windsor gaol. He then appeared unwell, but refused to admit he was so; however, he got so bad that medical assistance was obtained for him, but he died on Tuesday night, Verdict - "Natural Death."

Narrow Escape


On Monday last, the front wheel of one of North's waggons came off suddenly in High-street as the horse was proceeding at a trot, and in thus suddenly falling to the ground the waggon fell at once on its side. Three men were in it at the time of the accident, and two managed to escape unhurt, but the third was considerably bruised and narrowly escaped serious injury by a heavy cask falling on him.

On Thursday last a horse belonging to the Rev.Mr.Coleridge, of Eton, started off with the man who was taking him home from the smith's shop in Peascod-street, and ran away at a furious rate, through the High-street, he turned the corner of Sheet-street in safety, but at the furious rate he was galloping he fell in attempting to turn the New-road corner, and threw the rider off with considerable force, but strange to say neither horse nor man were injured.

Accident


On Wednesday night last as Mr.Baldwin, butcher, of Windsor, was driving through Eton, the streets of which were then much obstructed by the re-laying of gas pipes, he accidentally drove against a poor man named Hughes, who was knocked down, and the wheel of the cart passed over his chest. We are happy, however, to say that he was not seriously injured, but Mr.Baldwin has kindly undertaken to pay the expenses for medicine &c., which may be required.

Robbery


On Saturday night last a detached building belonging to Mr.W.Trumper, of Dorney-common, was broken into by some thieves, who stole therefrom three flitches and some pieces of bacon, altogether about two hundred-weight. Information on the robbery was given to Mr.Jerome, high constable of Eton, and a reward of twenty guineas was immediately offered for the apprehension of the thieves. Jerome obtained the assistance of Larkin, chief constable of Iver, and King, another constable, to trace out the robbers and the property, which they have been actively employed in doing during this week, but hitherto with only partial success. On Wednesday evening while they were searching the fields in the vicinity of the Montem-mount, at Salthill, they discovered secreted in a gravel pit near the mount, a portion of the stolen bacon; and on Thursday in one of the fields they found several other pieces of the bacon, hid in an out-of-the-way place, where they also found a quantity of ducks and fowls feathers, which no doubt were the remnants of some of the numerous robberies of fowl houses in that vicinity. From the activity of the officers there is great reason to believe that the thieves will very soon be brought to justice.

Fowl Stealing


On Tuesday night last, or early on Wednesday morning, some thieves stole from the fowl-house of Mr.Ballard, Clarence Cottage, Slough, two muscovy ducks, one common duck, and sixteen fowls. They obtained an entrance by the roof, by removing some of the pantiles, and thus making an aperture large enough to admit one person.

At the Bucks Summer Assizes a youth, only sixteen years of age, named Thomas Mitchell, who was convicted of committing [please contact me at the email address above], and had the sentence of death passed upon him, which was afterwards commuted to transportation for life, was on Monday last removed from Aylesbury gaol and conveyed to the Justitia convict hulk at Woolwich.

Shaksperian Lectures


Mr.Otway has continued his interesting course of six lectures on the writings of Shakspere this week, concluding the same with the lecture of yesterday.

Concerts at the New Rooms


Mr.Toulmin's concerts next week are, we hear, likely to be well patronised. The first of the series of three, we remind our readers, takes place on Monday evening.

Masonic Intelligence


We are glad to hear that a grand demonstration will take place early next month, on the occasion of laying the foundation stone of the Reading Cemetery. The Brethren in Berkshire are making every arrangement to do due honour to the occasion; and from the ready mode of access by railway, and its short distance from town, it is fully expected that there will be a large muster of the Brethren, not only from the neighbourhood and the province, but from London; also such an occurrence as the laying of a stone with Masonic honours not having taken place for many years in the town of Reading, no doubt will cause a great influx of strangers on the occasion. We believe that the stone will be laid by J.Ramsbottom, Esq., M.P., Provincial Grand Master for Berks.

Eton Police - Saturday
[Before C.Clowes, Esq., and the Rev.W.G.Cookesley]



There was a great deal of business fixed for today, but as usual it required two magistrates to transact it. Mr.Clowes attended at his customary punctual time, but no other magistrate made his appearance on the bench until a quarter past twelve o'clock (an hour and a half after the time fixed for the meeting), when at length the Rev.Mr.Cookesley was found. The complainants, witnesses, constables, churchwardens and prisoners, to a great and unusual number, were unnecessarily kept waiting for the magistrates. We should not have notified this fact, but we have heard one or two magistrates on former occasions reprimand parish officers and others for not being in attendance at their time. The Rev.Mr.Cookesley, we understand, attended to assist Mr.Clowes as soon as he knew no other magistrate could be found.

The Rev.Mr.Champnes, of Fulmar, applied for an order to compel Thos.Dancer to pay the tithes due to his (the rev. gentleman's) father, which was granted.

The jury lists for several parishes within the Eton district were presented to the magistrates by the churchwardens and overseers, and signed.

A poor man named Haines was summoned by the overseers of Langley for non-payment of 2s 8d poor's rate.
Haines said he had the money to pay for the rate, but he hoped he would not be called on to pay the expenses. He pleaded poverty as his excuse for not paying before, as well as his low wages, and his having a large family to support. He said he had not had during the whole of the summer so much as 12s a week, sometimes only 4s, or perhaps 8s, and he had five children to maintain. He was not a man given to drink, and for the last fortnight he had only had bread to live on. The poor fellow shed tears while relating his tale.
The Rev.Mr.Cookesley said he wished to be informed whether this man was troublesome to the parish officers in their collection of the rate.
The overseers said they had heard so, but did not know it, as it occurred before they came into office.

A person who was present said Haines had been summoned before for the rate, and that he could well pay it.

The defendant said that was 17 years ago.

The surveyor of the parish, who happened to be in attendance upon other business, said he knew the man to be very honest, industrious, sober and steady, and he did not believe he could afford to pay the rates. He (the surveyor) recollected Haines being summoned 17 years ago, but that was when all the parish were summoned, and his (the surveyor's) father was one of them.

The Rev.Mr.Cookesley said he only wanted to know the character the poor man had, and under the circumstances as he was prepared to pay the rate he might do so, and the bench would excuse him the costs.
The poor fellow was very thankful for this leniency.

Thomas Eales, a carman, in the employ of John Gibbs, of Peascod-street, Windsor, was summoned for having caused an obstruction in the highway at Datchet, on Saturday, the 17th inst. The defendant did not appear to the summons.

Mr.James Holderness stated that on Saturday week while driving his gig, on entering Datchet, he met the defendant's cart which was loaded with coals. The cart was over the crown of the road and on the wrong side, while the defendant was on the footway, some ten or twenty yards distant from it. Fearing a collision , the complainant called several times to the defendant, who, however, took no notice. No collision , however, took place.

The magistrates adjourned the case for some time to give the defendant an opportunity of attending and making his defence. It was stated that he had been in attendance for about an hour and a half, and then had gone away, as he could not be found within the precincts of the court. After waiting some time, and he not making his appearance, the bench inflicted a fine of 10s and 15s 6d costs, and in default of payment the defendant to be imprisoned for fourteen days.

James Lovell was summoned at the instance of George King, one of the constables of Iver, for riding on a waggon he was driving, without any reins, and consequently without having control over his horses, whereby he had subjected himself to any penalty not exceeding 5.
This and several succeeding summonses for the same offence were laid in consequence of numerous complaints made to Mr.Larkin, chief constable of Iver, by many persons, of the danger they experience daily while driving along the Iver and Slough roads from carters and waggoners riding in their waggons and carts, or on the shafts, without the slightest control over their horses.

The defendant admitted his offence, but said he did not think he was doing any harm. He stated he was in the employ of Mr.Cantrell.

Mr.Cantrell, who was in attendance, said the defendant was a young man, and this was the first time he had ever had charge of two horses. He had no doubt been ignorant he was doing wrong, and therefore as he had very low wages he (Mr.C.) hoped the magistrates would be as lenient with the defendant as possible.

The Rev.Mr.Cookesley said it was quite clear that the defendant was doing that which was exceedingly dangerous towards himself as well as to the public. He must have known he was acting wrong. The fine might be as high as 5, but taking all circumstances into consideration the fine would only be 1s and 14s costs, which the bench hoped would operate as a warning to him and others.

Mr.Larkin said if he had pleased he might have charged the defendant with the offence of giving a wrong name, but he had not done so because he was in respectable employment and bore a good character. That was the reason for his not naming it before the conviction.

The magistrates said they wished that the circumstances had been named before, for it was most unpardonable to give a wrong name to a parish officer in the execution of his duty.

Mr.Cantrell then paid the fine and costs for the defendant.

John Gregory, a drayman, in the employ of Messrs. Ashby, of Staines, was summoned for a similar offence and pleaded guilty. He was fined 1s and 15s costs, which he paid.

Joseph Keeley, in the employ of Messrs. W and J.Jennings of Windsor, next appeared on a summons for a similar offence, and he also pleaded guilty. He was fined 1s and 15s costs, and allowed a week to pay the money.

James Brown, in the service of Mr.Stephen Ashby, of Staines, next appeared on the same charge. He also pleaded guilty, and was fined 1s and 15s costs, and allowed a week to pay the money.

John Arnold, a carter, of Fulmar, was charged with the same offence. He too pleaded guilty.

Mr.Larkin (who had the management of all these cases) said this case differed from the other, inasmuch as the defendant when asked his name said it was John Stevens, in which name a summons was taken out, and having had some difficulty in finding him he then discovered that his name was John Arnold; so that he (Larkin) had to get two summonses, exclusive of a great deal of trouble that he had had. The defendant denied that he gave a wrong name.

Larkin, to a question from the bench, declared he did. It was not likely he could mistake the name Arnold for Stevens.

The magistrates strongly reprobated the conduct of the defendant, and to mark their sense of such conduct they fined him 5s and 15s costs, and allowed him at his own request a fortnight to pay it; or in default of payment to be imprisoned for 14 days.

In all these cases the magistrates strongly reprobated the practice of carters and waggoners riding without reins or other proper control over their horses, which was a highly dangerous practice, dangerous alike to the public and to the drivers themselves.

Thompson, police-constable 207T, attended before the magistrates to complain that George Wise, who was on the 31st ulto., convicted of an assault on William George, at Langley Broom, and fined 20s and 15s costs, had neglected to pay the money at the time fixed by the bench. He had been ordered to pay it in a month, and in default to be committed for two months.

The Rev.Mr.Cookesley said he recollected very well that it was a gross assault, and that the defendant was totally undeserving of any leniency being shown him.

The bench ordered the warrant for committing him for the period of two months to be forthwith issued, and given to Thompson for the purpose of apprehending the accused and lodging him in the county gaol.

A similar application was made against John Morris, who had been fined 21s 6d, for assaulting Thos.Holdaway, and who had time allowed for payment, which time had expired without the payment having been made. His commitment to prison was also made out.

A third application of the same nature was made in the case of David Pickett and James Ruby, who, on the 31st of August, were fined 5s each and costs, for being drunk and disorderly at Wexham, on Sunday the 14th of August. Ruby had paid 5s , but not the expenses.

The magistrates enquired of the Wexham constable if he had any stocks in the parish, and being answered in the affirmative, ordered a warrant to be made out to commit Pickett to the stocks for six hours, desiring the constable to see that the punishment was carried out.

Friday [Before G.Penn, Esq.]



A boy, named John Huyhes [?] , was charged by Mr.Geo.Penn, of Stoke, with trespassing on his land. The case was proved, and he was committed to hard labour in Aylesbury gaol for one month.

Maidenhead
Royal East Berks Agricultural Association



The annual ploughing match of this Association came off on Tuesday last, in the fields of Mr.Peto, of Pinkney's-green Farm, and notwithstanding the very unpropitious weather, there were a great many persons present to witness the ploughing, &c. Forty-five ploughs competed in the several classes, and the prizes were awarded as follows:-

Class 1.- Ploughman with any number of Horses, with Boy Drivers under 17 - Thirty-one entries.

Ploughman Boy Driver Master
Thomas LawrenceJohn WerrellMr.W.Sharp,Shottesbrook.[Ploughman, 2 10s, Driver 10s]
William DarlingCharles RixonMr.Lawrence,Bisham.[Ploughman, 2 , Driver 7s 6d]
William AllowayHenry Alloway Mr.Long,Bisham.[Ploughman, 1 10s, Driver 5s]
James PayneWm.HardingMr.T.Hughes,Bray.[Ploughman, 1 , Driver 4s]
Benjamin BrownGeorge Wells Mr.Sutton,White Waltham.[Ploughman, 15s, Driver 3s]
Matthew GreenawayThomas BradleyMr.Peto, jun.,Cookham.[Ploughman, 10s , Driver 2s 6d]


Class 2. - Ploughmen with Two Horses and Reins - Eleven entries.

Ploughman Master s d
Thomas WerrellMr.W.Sharp,Shottesbrook.276
John SandlesMr.Peto, sen.,Cookham.1150
William SlackMr.Jos.Horwood, Lawrence Waltham140
Henry AldridgeMr.Jos.Horwood, Lawrence Waltham0150


Class 3. - Ploughboys under 18, and Drivers under 14 - Four entries.

, ,
Ploughboys Boy Driver Master
John Simmonds, 1 10sT.Irving 7s 6dMr.J.Sharp,Remenham.
Wm.Selwood, 1Jas.Folly , 5sMr.Peto, jun.,Cookham.
Samuel Wilson, 10sPeter Lee2s 6d.Mr.H.Smith,Bray.


Class 4. - Ploughmen being the winners of the First Prize in each Class last year - Three entries.

Ploughman Master s d
William HancockMr.R.Skelton,Bisham.200





At about two o'clock , Charles Sawyer, Esq., the President , addressed the persons to whom the prizes had been awarded in the other classes, in an appropriate and impressive manner, and delivered to them the following rewards, accompanied with a certificate, neatly framed and glazed, commemorative of their deserving conduct, viz :-

Class 5. - Shepherds who have raised the greatest number of Lambs.

Shepherd Lambs Flock Recommended by s d
James Gibbs132122 Mr.Cannon,Cookham.200
Geo.Rixon103104 Sir E.G.C.East,Hurley1100
James Lane3645 J.Hercy, Esq,Bray1100


Class 6 - Shepherds having charge of dry Sheep.

William Pope, 30 years in service, and having had charge of 250 sheep, the property of Mr.Cantrell, sen., Old Windsor. 2 0s 0d

Anthony Hobson, 18 years in service, and having had charge of 850[?] sheep, the property of Mr.Watkins, Old Windsor. 1 0s 0d

Class 7 - For attention to Cattle, &c., as Yardsman.

George Young, for attention to cattle, &c., 16 years in service of Mr.James Sharp. 2 0s 0d

Henry Wells, ditto, 11 years in service of Sir E.G.C.East . 1 0s 0d

Class 8 - For best built Ricks and Thatching.

Joseph Beckford, for rick building, in the service of Sir E.G. Clayton East, 1 10s 0d.

James Haines, ditto, in the service of Messrs. Swallow, 1 0s 0d.

Thomas Hester, ditto, in the service of Mr.Chancellor. 0 15s 0d.

James Burnham, ditto, in the service of Mr.Shackel 0 10s 0d.

Thomas Taylor, for thatching, in the service of Mr.Maynard, 1 10s 0d.

William Lovejoy, ditto, in the service of Mr.Marshall, 1 0s 0d.

Class 9 - Labourers bringing up Families without Parochial Relief. Above 8 years.

Labourer Born Brought up of age Recommended by s d
Peter Haines231313 Mr.Bishop,Cookham.300
Thos.Ayres11109Mr.Mills,ditto.200
Joseph Rose999 Messrs.Swallow,ditto.1150
Rich.Hutton12128 Mr.Maynard,Wargrave.1100
Wm.Bowyer11108 Mr.J.Hercy., Esq.,Bray.100
Jos.Bristow1277Mr.J.Horwood, Lawrence Waltham.100
Geo.Rudick977 Mr.Cantrell, sen., Old Windsor.100
John Young1276 Sir.E.G.C.East,Hurley.0150
Wm.Turner555Mr.T.Hughes, Bray.0100
T.Nightingale865 Mr.John Sharp, Lawrence Waltham.0100
Isaac Butler655 Mr.Benbow,Cookham.0100
Wm.Emmert665 Mr.S.Shelton,Bisham.0100


Class 10 - For the neatest Cottage and Garden

C.Reesley, Paley-street, recommended by Mr.J.Headington , 1 5s 0d.

Richard Edey, Cox-green, recommended by Mr.Shackel , 0 15s 0d.

Francis Avery, Cox-green, recommended by H.Sawyer, Esq. , 0 10s 0d.

Class 11. - Labourers for length of Service on the same Farm

James Romble, 46 years service, recommended by Mr.Long , 1 10s 0d.

Wm.Edwards, 43 years service, ditto by Sir E.G.C.East , 1 5s 0d.

John Abear, 42 years service, ditto by Mr.Piggott , 1 0s 0d.

Wm.Horwood, 39 years service with Mr.Jas.Horwood , 0 15s 0d.

James White, 39 years service, recommended by Mr.J.Sharp , 0 10s 0d.

Class 12 - Labourers for length of service with the same Master

John Beckford, 36 years service with Mr.Jos.Horwood , 1 10s 0d.

Abraham Young, 32 years service with Mr.Guy , 1 5s 0d.

James Lovell [?], 32 years service with Mr.Winder , 1 0s 0d.

Peter Willoughby , 28 years service with Mr.Jas.Horwood , 0 15s 0d.

James Golding, 20 years service with Mr.J.Headington , 0 10s 0d.

Class 13 - Female Servants for length of Service

Eliza Champ, 9 years service with Mr.Maynard , 1 15s 0d.

Jane Manly [?], 7 years service with Mr.Peto, sen. , 1 5s 0d.

Mary Ann Nockett, 7 years service with Mr.Long , 0 15s 0d.

Class 14 - Male Servants for length of Service

Stephen Appleford, 12 [?] years service with Mr.Peto, sen. , 2 0s 0d.

Richard Savage, 7 years service with Mr.Wm.Sharp , 1 10s 0d.

Wm.Hutton, 7 years service with Mr.Maynard , 1 0s 0d.




Soon after four o'clock exactly 100 gentlemen sat down, at the Town Hall, in this town, to an excellent hot dinner, provided by Mr.Buffet. Of the viands, wines, and dessert, too much cannot be said. Among the company were C.Sawyer, Esq., in the chair, J.J.Bulkeley, Esq., Vice-chairman, Sir East George Clayton East, Bart., J.Hercy, Esq., F.T.Young, Esq., Captain Bulkeley, Colonel Hanmer, K.H., H.Pole, Esq., Captain Fuller, C.Harford, Esq., W.Vansittart, Esq., &c., &c.

J.J.Bulkeley, Esq., is the president for the year ensuing, and J.Hercy, Esq., was unanimously elected vice-president. Joseph Clark, Esq., was also unanimously re-elected honorary secretary. Some excellent speeches were made in the course of the evening, and Sir East George Clayton East offered an extra premium of 5 for the best field of Swede turnips, not less than five acres, within the district.

The show of stock was good, considering that this is not what is termed a breeding country. The following prizes were awarded:-

Class 1 - Mr.Baylis, for the best bull, 3; Mr.H.Smith, best yearling ditto, 2; Mr.Chancellor, cow and calf, 2; Mr.Baylis, in-calf heifer, 2; Mr.L.Rose, yearling heifer, 1; Mr.James Horwood, fat calf, 1; Mr.H.Smith, fat ox, 2; Mr.Peto.sen., fat cow, 2.
Class 2 - Messrs.Swallow, best stallion, 3; Mr.J.Sharp, cart mare and foal, 3; Mr.L.Rose, two year old colt, 2.
Class 3 - Mr.Matthews, best long wooled ram, 2 10s; Mr.Jas.Sharp, five breeding ewes, 2; Mr.Baylis, five wether lambs, 2; Mr.Baylis, five ewe lambs, 2; Mr.Jas.Horwood, five two-tooth sheep, fed without corn or cake, 3; Sir East George Clayton East, five ditto, fed without restriction, 3; Mr.J.Sharp, five best four-tooth sheep, 3.
Class 4 - Mr.W.Sharp, sow and pigs, 2; Mr.Shackel, boar, 2; Mr.Marshall, sow, 1 10s; Mr.W.Sharp, five store pigs, 1 10s; J.Hercy, Esq., three porkers, 1; Mr.J.Sharp, for the best team, Captain Bulkeley's extra premium, 5.

Teetotalism - Much mirth was excited in this town on Thursday morning last, by some wag aspiring to the honours of Waterfordism, having during the night, removed a board with the words "Temperance Room" on it, from the premises occupied by the Temperance Society, and placed it over the wine and spirt store at Mr.Langton's brewery. We understand that several applications were made to sign the pledge, but we have not heard the nature of it, and presume it could not be for total abstinence, however temperance may be commended.

Uxbridge
Horticultural Show



The Uxbridge Horticultural and Floricultural Society's show took place on Friday, the 23rd instant, and the weather having been so unfavourable, but little company attended. The prizes were awarded as follows:-

Dahlias

First Class (amateurs, 12 blooms) - 1st prize, Mr.Sketon, Iver; 2nd, Mr.Hopkins, Brentford; 3rd, Mr.John Warne, Denham. (24 blooms) - 1st prize, Mr.Hopkins; 2nd, Mr.John Warne; 3rd, Mr.Humber, Southall.
Second Class (gentlemen's gardeners, 12 bloom) - 1st prize, Mr.Thompson, Iver; 2nd, Mr.How, Uxbridge; 3rd, Mr.Nicholson. (24 blooms) - 1st prize, Mr.Dods, Cleifden; 2nd, Mr.Ford, Pinkney's-green; 3rd, Mr.Thompson, Iver.
Third Class (nurserymen, 24 blooms) - 1st prize, Mr.Stewart, Salthill; 2nd , Messrs. Brown and Attwell, Uxbridge. (48 blooms) - 1st prize, Mr.Stewart, Salthill; 2nd, Messrs. Brown and Attwell, Uxbridge.

Heartease - 1st prize, Mr.Thompson, Iver; 2nd, Mr.Birch, Langley.

Fruit in Collection - 1st prize, Mr.Dods, Cleifden; 2nd, Mr.Bowers, gardener to the Earl of Lucan, Laleham.

Balsams - (6 plants) 1st prize, Mr.Bowers; 2nd, Mr.Hilton, Chalfont.

The cottager's fruits and vegetables were very commendable, but this year there were no prizes given.

Our fair on Thursday was plentifully supplied with cattle, though the horses were rather of a middling sort; buyers were rather scarce, so that we fear not much business was done. The concourse of persons was great, and it was grevious to see so many healthy decent females wanting situations; but few were hired. Wombwell's menagerie , and some few other shows attracted considerable notice. In the horse fair a novel accident occurred. Two people in "showing out" their horses ran against each other when at full gallop, and the concussion was so violent that one of the animals was obliged to be killed from its effects. The rider's too, but narrowly escaped serious injury.

Serious Accident



Between six and seven o'clock on Thursday evening last, as Edward Daws, groom to C.N.Newdigate, Esq., was riding a spirited horse in the Cowley road, he met a waggon, at which in passing the horse took fright and made a sudden plunge forward; Daws being off his guard was thrown off, and falling on his head was taken up in a very dangerous state, and conveyed to the Old-Fellows beer-house, Medical assistance was promptly sent for, and the poor fellow lies in a precarious state, and has not yet been removed from the house he was sent to; we are happy to add that he is likely to recover, although but slowly.

Inquest


Yesterday week an inquest was held before Mr.Wakley and a respectable jury, at the Crown Inn, Colham-green, to enquire into the death of Hannah Meekins, the wife [of] a labouring man of the name of John Meekins. Meekins, the husband, stated that on Thursday morning previous he got up at four o'clock to go to his work, when the deceased was then well enough; she let him out, and fastened the door after him, and returned to bed. On witness's return between six and seven in the evening he found the door and shutters fastened; on forcing his way in he found deceased in bed quite dead. Some further evidence having been gone into, the jury returned a verdict of "Died by the visitation of God."

On Wednesday John Godliman [?], labourer, of Harefield, was charged with damaging a fence, the property of Mr.Gates, of the same place. He was convicted in the penalty of 10s, including costs.