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Some Selected Reports from The Windsor and Eton Express

7th April 1827

On Monday his Majesty drove to the Castle in his pony phaeton, but did not alight; his Majesty proceeded up the Long Walk to the Royal Lodge.

On Tuesday afternoon his Majesty visited the Castle, accompanied by the Lord Steward, the Duke of Dorset, and Sir Andrew Barnard. His Majesty was received in the quadrangle by Mr.Wyatville, who pointed out the progress that had been made since the King's departure for Brighton, with which his Majesty appeared highly satisfied.

On Tuesday, Lord Farnborough visited the King at the Royal Lodge, and returned to town on Wednesday.

On Wednesday afternoon, at half-past two o'clock, his Majesty, accompanied by the Duke of Dorset, entered his pony phaeton, and proceeded by Cumberland Lodge, and along the Blackness road, to Blackness, where he entered on the most elevated drives in the vicinity of Virginia Water, and inspected the new bridge, the new waterfall, and the fishing temple. His Majesty returned to the Royal Lodge at five o'clock.

Lieutenant Charles Hunt Lorimer, on the retired list of the late 3d Royal Veteran Battalion, and formerly of the 1st Regt or Royal Scots, was on Thursday last installed, with the usual ceremonies, in St George's Chapel, one of his Majesty's Poor Knights of Windsor, viee Major Edward Fuller, deceased.

The equestrian statue of Charles II, in the quadrangle in the Upper Ward of Windsor Castle, has been taken down, previous to its removal to another position, in which it will less interfere with the effect of the great improvements of this part of the edifice.

At a Common Council of the Corporation of Windsor, held on Tuesday last, Mr.Berridge, Mr.Nash, and Mr.Richard Clode, were unanimously elected Burgesses of that body.

On Thursday last, at a vestry meeting, Mr.H.J.Atkins, Mr.R.Bradford, Mr.T.Nixon, and Mr.T.Wooldridge, were appointed overseers of the parish of Windsor, for the present year.

We are anxious to call the attention of the public generally, and particularly of the inhabitants of Windsor and the neighbourhood, to a case of affliction, which were are sure requires only to be known to receive that prompt and effectual assistance by which it may be adequately relieved. Our readers will recollect the melancholy accident which occurred in May 1826, at Turnham Green, by the breaking of the axletree of the Windsor coach, when Mr.William Grainger, of Holyport, was killed. The unfortunate man had been upwards of 16 years clerk to Messrs.Brown and Martin, solicitors, of Mincing Lane. He left a widow, with eight children, five of whom are now living with her. Mrs.Grainger, from the loss of an eye, is incapable of needle work :- but from her exertions, aided by the kindness of the proprietors of the Windsor coach, and other friends, she has supported her family from the period of this great and sudden calamity. She is now anxious, with the assistance of her eldest daughter, to maintain a day-school which she has established; but from the lease of her house, is High Street, Marylebone, expiring at Michaelmas next, she is advised to solicit the assistance of the humane in this laudable endeavour. Messrs. Ramsbottom and Legh have kindly undertaken to receive subscriptions at their bank.

On Monday last, James Oram was convicted before J.Voules, Esq. Mayor, of being intoxicated, and fined 5s.

At the sitting of the magistrates at the Town Hall on Thursday last, John Williams and John Alloway were charged with having stolen property, belonging to Mr.Hodges, clothier, of High Street, and to Mr.Saunders, draper, Thames Street, Windsor. From the evidence it appeared that on Wednesday evening, about eight o'clock, the prisoner Williams went into Mr.Hodge's shop, and asked for a pair of cord breeches. A lad named Bennett, who attended the prisoner, heard at tap at the window, and immediately Alloway entered, and wanted to purchase a smock frock. Mr.Hodges shortly after came in, and Alloway asked for a hat, which he selected. Bennett whispered to his master that Alloway had taken a cap, whilst he had turned his back; on which Mr.Hodges taxed him with the theft before he left the shop, and on Alloway shaking his smock frock the cap dropped from under it. Mr.Hodges instantly apprehended him; and on further search he found a parcel containing several worsted caps, his property. Suspecting the other man, Mr.Hodges opened a parcel which was under his arm, and found a pair of cloth trowsers, proved to be the property of Mr.Saunders. Two silk handkerchiefs were afterwards found on the prisoner, which it appeared were purloined, with the trowsers, from Mr.Saunder's shop, the same evening, upon a similar contrivance, but without being discovered at the time. The prisoners were committed to the borough gaol to answer the indictment at the ensuing Quarter Sessions.

The following we have received from our astronomical correspondent, Mr.Bird :- The plant Saturn is in a fine position to be seen either with the naked eye or a telescope. It is in line with two stars in the foot of Castor (sometimes called Apollo); its motion is direct; and, on the 14th of this month, will be seen to approach near to one of the stars. Jupiter may be seen every evening in the east, and those who have good telescopes may view its splendid satellites, and also Saturn's Ring, - affording lovers of nature subjects for sublime contemplation.

Lee Sugg, whose extraordinary talents as a ventriloquist were once able to command the patronage and admiration of the highest classes, and who has had the honour of performing before the Royal Family, is desirous to wait on private parties for the display of his powers. We are quite sure that his reduced circumstances will supply a motive for his encouragement, rather than operate to his disadvantage.

Tuesday night, between the hours of eight and ten o'clock, some person or persons entered Hyde End House, four miles from Newbury, by a bed room window, and stole a box of trinkets, a gold purse containing five 10 Bank of England notes, a piece of new Irish, a card of lace and ribands, parcels of the best yellow and white kid gloves, a new red morocco needle-book, full of instruments, &c.

Charles Headon, the driver of one of the Uxbridge coaches, was fined 40s and costs on Tuesday at Bow-street, for wilfully driving against and overturning a gig, belonging to a gentleman named Penny.

The Lent Assizes for Surrey commenced on Tuesday morning , before Mr.Justice Littledale on the Crown side, and Mr.Sargeant Onslow on the Civil side. The cases hitherto tried on both sides have been wholly destitute of public interest. On Thursday morning the grand jury brought into court three true bills, against the Vauxhall coiners, Daniel Buckley, Jeremiah Andrews, and Daniel Pycroft, for high treason, and against Mary Ann Buckley, and Mary Ann Patrick, for the misdemeanour, the solicitor for the Mint having mercifully declined presenting a bill against the women for the capital offence. The other prisoner, Shadrach Walker, has been admitted evidence. The trial of the indictments is fixed for this morning, and from the great number of witnesses to be examined, they are expected to occupy the entire day.

Two ships are now lying at Woolwich for the purpose of conveying female convicts to New South Wales and Van Dieman's Land. The Princess Charlotte is bound to the former, and the Persian to the latter place. The total number of women that will be sent away will be nearly two hundred; upward of eighty have been already removed from Newgate on board the above ships.


Yesterday, as is usual before Aylesbury Palm fair, some very fine horses, for the most part of the cart kind, were exhibited; some few were sold at high prices, but the demand was far from being brisk, and few purchasers were found for those of the middling kind.

The henhouse of Col.Browne, at Brook farm, near Aylesbury, was broken into on Wednesday night, and three fowls were stolen, the skins and feathers of which were left near the place.

On Wednesday last Joseph Wilkins, a notorious character, who has been four times before in Aylesbury gaol, was committed by the Rev.E.Owen, charged with breaking into the house of his wifes sister, a widow woman living on Lee Common, and stealing a Bible and other articles. Wilkins, and another man of the name of --- King who had been committed by J.Ward, Esq., for highway robbery, being placed in the cage at Chesham after their commitment, broke out by sawing the door, and the latter has not since been heard of. Wilkins was retaken about a mile and a half from Chesham.

Joseph Clarke was yesterday committed to the House of Correction, at Aylesbury, for three months, by the Rev.Mr.Ashfield, for stealing a quantity of turnip tops from a field of Mr.Joseph Pursell.

On Friday, the 30th ult., a mason of the name of Sampson Wells, being employed in repairing one of the pinnacles of Culverton church, during a high wind, was precipitated from his dangerous situation to the roof of the church, and from thence he rolled off to the ground. In the fall one of his arms and three of his ribs were broken. Every assistance was afforded to him; but he was speechless from the time of the accident until death terminated his sufferings on the following Monday.

A few days ago, as one of the coaches which pass through Stony Stratford to London, was proceeding on its way through Old Stratford, the reins broke, a circumstance which but for the presence of mind of the Wall, the coachman, would have probably been attended with disastrous consequences. Wall, however, used his whip with such dexterity , that he turned the leaders into a ditch by the side of the road, and thus stopped the horses without the least injury to the passengers, who were so pleased with his adroitness, that on the arrival of the coach at Market Street, each of them made him a present of half-a-crown.

A young woman, servant to Mr.Bullet, farmer, at Hanslope; one day last week fell into a copper of boiling wort; she had imprudently got on the edge of the copper with pattens to reach a saucepan, and her feet slipping, she was immersed in wort up to her waist; she contrived to get out without assistance but is so dreadfully scalded that little hope is entertained of her recovery.

On the night of the 12th of March last, a black pony, a great favourite with its owner on account of its good qualities, was stolen from the premises of Mr.Philps, Temple Farm, High Wycombe. Advertisements and hand-bills were circulated , offering a reward of ten guineas to any person who would give information that should lead to the conviction of the thief. Some days after the robbery, a labouring man named William Mendy, called upon Mr.Philps, and told him that he was at Brompton, near Knightsbridge, a few days ago, and had seen a pony, like that described in the bills, sold by a man dressed as a groom, to Mr.Badcock, a horse-dealer, living at that place. Mr.Philps, acting on this information, went to Brompton, and found that Mr.Badcock had actually purchased the pony he had lost; but had sold it again to a gentleman living at Pimlico, in whose possession it was found. From other enquires Mr.Philps made of Badcock he learnt that the person who had sold him the pony was very unlike a groom, and much resembled Mendy, who had first given him the information where to find it; that the price Mr.Badcock had given for it was 4; and that when he bought it, it was completely jaded. Measures were in consequence taken to have Mendy apprehended; but he had absconded, and was not heard of until a few days ago, when information reached High Wycombe that he had been detained at Epping in consequence of his offering a horse for sale which he was suspected to have stolen, and which it transpired he had hired in London under the pretence of looking for Mr.Philps's pony. When examined before Dr.Scobell and the Rev.L King at High Wycombe, Mendy said he should be able to prove an alibi, and to bring forward a person with whom he had slept on the night the pony was stolen. He was remanded to procure the attendance of this person, who positively denied the truth of Mendy's statement, and he was then committed for trial at the assizes.

As Daniel Dell, an assistant grave digger at Watford, Herts, was digging a grave in the church yard in Saturday last, about half-past six in the evening, for the interment of Ephraim Taylor, the earth fell in and buried him alive, the earth being about two feet above his head and the body doubled up. No person was present; but having been seen about a quarter of an hour before it was discovered that the grave had fallen in, it was examined, and the body found as stated, quite dead. Dell was to have married in a few days time.

John Carey, a man who some years ago was in possession of a considerable property, and whose friends are of great respectability in the neighbourhood of Market-street and Birmingham, was examined on Wednesday , at Bow-street, on various charges of horse stealing; and he was fully committed to Newgate, for stealing a horse belonging to Mr.Watr, a farmer at Yardly, in Worcestershire, which had been discovered by Bishop, the officer, in a stable in London, where the prisoner had left it. - Mr.Harmer and Mr.Isaacs, solicitors, both attended for the prisoner, who is the man alluded to in out last weeks paper as having left a horse at an inn, in Winslow, which proved to have been stolen.