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Some Selected Reports from The Windsor and Eton Express

31st December 1836

H.Cook - Tailor And Draper To Her Majesty , No. 4 Park Street. Takes the opportunity affordrd by the present season most respectfully to return his best thanks to his friends, and public in general, for their liberal patronage since his residence in Windsor, and to assure them of his determination to merit a continuance of their confidence, by strict and punctual attention to their commands, and at all times supplying the best and most fashionable materials at the most moderate prices.

Agent for Macintosh's India Rubber Waterproof Articles.

To Ironfounders, Smiths, &c., &c. - To Be Sold (Under an Execution of the Sheriff of Berks), By Private Contract. The Stock in Trade of an Ironfounder, consisting of, amongst other things, a forge, bellows, and a melting furnace, three lathes, a pair of superior scales, and sundry old iron; a quantity of models and castings, &c.

Applications to be made to Mr. W. Goodchild, Sheriff's Officer, 9 York-place, Windsor, Berks.

Lectures on French History

Mr Tarver , who recently gave a series of very interesting lectures on French History at Eton, has announced his intention of giving a similar course of three lectures at the Town-hall in this borough. The subject in the hands of a gentleman so well qualified as Mr. Tarver is to treat it must prove highly gratifying to all who choose to attend. The first lecture will be given on Thursday next.

In the Express of last Saturday week we mentioned the case of a young man who had been taken before the magistrates at Eton having been found in a state of insanity at Salthill and unable to give any account of himself. We are happy to say that the notice we gave of the matter has been the mean of restoring him to his friends. It appears his name is Charles Duer, and that he is a native of Plymouth, but he had for some resided at Maidenhead where he worked for Mr.Noke, a cabinet maker. We are also happy to learn that the young mans mind is completely restored, his temporary derangement having been produced by an affection in his head.

The Late Fire In Thames Street - This week the balance of money raised by subscription (21 6s 0d.) to reward the men who volunteered their services at the fire in Thames-street, have been in course of distribution. Those who were known to have greatly exerted themselves have received 5s each, and all the others who assisted half that sum each.

The proposed Windsor and Eton Literary and Scientific Institution The Committee of the proposed Windsor and Eton Literary and Scientific Institution, finding themselves unable to establish it, have returned to Sir William Fremantle the subscription which he so liberally bestowed, accompanied by a resolution expressive of their thanks to that Honourable Gentleman, for his personal exertions and the interest which he took in the promotion of an establishment which would have reflected much credit upon this town.

The Snow Storm

The snow storm in the early part of this week which occasioned so much inconvenience in many parts of the county, as related in another part of out paper, was also productive of a similar result in Windsor and the surrounding neighbourhood, although probably not to the same extent. Business, ever exceedingly dull at this time of year in this town, appeared to be almost wholly suspended during Monday and Tuesday, scarcely any persons, excepting from urgent necessity venturing out of doors. The various mails were delayed some hours beyond their usual time of arrival, owing to the extreme difficulty of travelling. The Brighton coach has not arrived in Windsor during the whole of the week, and the Reading sociable after going a part of the distance on Monday was compelled to return. But all the London coaches have managed to travel, however, with an additional pair of horses, and being only about an hour or little more after their customary time. Several accidents have occurred in Windsor and the neighbourhood, but we are happy to say that none are of a fatal character. Mr. Pond, the tailor, of Park-street, unfortunately slipped down and fractured his ribs, but he is now we understand , doing well. A young man named Plumridge, the son of a market gardener at Holyport, very narrowly escaped from death on Thursday afternoon. He was returning home from Windsor, where he had been on business, when just before Surley-hall he was seized with a sudden giddiness in the head, and fell in the snow, which is there very deep. He remained in a state of insensibility for a considerable time, when he was discovered by four soldiers belonging to the Life Guards, who dragged him from the snow and carried him to Surley-hall, where, by the great exertions of the landlord, Mr.Duckett, and others, he was, after a considerable time, during which their efforts, appeared almost hopeless, restored, and yesterday morning enabled to walk home.

Erratum.- The marriage of Mr.Harcourt, of St.Leonard's Hill, to the Hon.Col.Cavendish's daughter, did not take place on Saturday last, as was announced in our last paper.

Windsor Police - Thursday.

On Monday Henry Cox alias Craper, and Benjamin Davis alias Freeman, were brought before the Mayor and R.Tebbott, Esq., charged with stealing two valuable dogs. The prisoners it appeared are well known in Oxford where they generally reside, and it was stated that they were in the habit of stealing valuable dogs in that town and coming to Windsor and other places to dispose of them; then stealing others to dispose of in Oxford. In the present instance they took a dog belonging to a person named James Turner who lives in St. Anne's parish, Oxford, and came to this town doubtless with the intention of selling it, and another one which was most probably stolen at the same time, and they were apprehended yesterday week in Wheeler's beer-shop by Mole, the policeman, with both the dogs in their possession. The owner of one of the dogs, Turner, wrote to the police in Windsor stating the robbery, and upon being informed of the apprehension of the prisoners, he, together with the person who had given him the dog and a constable of Oxford named Alden, came to Windsor and immediately identified both the prisoners and the dog. The magistrates ordered the prisoners to be taken to Oxford, in the custody of Mole, the constable, the owner of the dog paying the expenses. Mole and the Oxford constable proceeded with their prisoners to Oxford, which place they contrived to reach but with very great difficulty, the cart in which they were being, in several parts, stuck fast in the snow. On Wednesday the prisoners were taken before two Magistrates; Charles Sadier[?], Esq., and Lawrence Wyatt, Esq., and were convicted in the penalty of 20 each, in default of paying which they were sentenced to six months hard labour. It appears that the prisoners are well known in Oxford, from whence a vast number of valuable dogs had been stolen.

Two brothers named Charles and James Smith were charged with having created a disturbance in Park-street, on Saturday afternoon, during which they created a great annoyance. They were both ordered to find bail to keep the peace for 12 months, and to pay the costs amounting to 1 8s 6d besides which James Smith was fined 5s for being drunk and disorderly.

On Thursday Mr. Lovegrove, the High Constable, who with Mr.Gilman had the distribution of the money raised by subscription to reward the persons who had assisted at the late calamitous fire in Thames-street, charged two men with having committed a fraud. The prisoners who gave their names Samuel Herbert and James Johnson had personated two persons who were dead, and who had assisted at the fire, and by falsely representing themselves those person, they received the gratuity. One of the prisoners, Herbert, it appears was actually in Reading gaol, at the time of the fire. The other prisoner, Johnson, is a stranger to Windsor, and when he was taken into custody on the fraud being discovered, there were found in his possession and dressed in a smock frock, fustian jacket, and corded trousers. He states that he came from Farnham, in Surrey, on Saturday last by the way of Bagshot.

William Bennett was committed for trial Thursday, for stealing two books from the shop of Mr.Morton, bookseller, in Thames-street.


The effects of the snow storm of Sunday and Monday have been very visible here as well as in other parts of the country. On Monday the following mails and stage coaches arrived here, and from the state of the roads were unable to get any farther, viz., the Stoud, the Bath and Bristol,and the Gloucester mails; the Alert (Oxford), the Berkeley Hunt and Magnet (Cheltenham), the Monarch, and Old Company's (Bath), the Tantivy (Birmingham), and the Faringdon coaches. From the information as to the dreadful state of the roads, especially about Hurley Bottom, those coaches found it impossible to proceed until Tuesday morning, at 11 or 12 o'clock , and they and their passengers &c, remained all that time at Mr. Lovegrove's the Bear Inn. On Monday morning the Marlow and Henley coaches, after going some distance, were obliged to return. Between Salthill and this town about 150 persons were on Tuesday employed in clearing the carriage road of the immense quantity of snow laid there.