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Some Selected Reports from The Windsor and Eton Express

8th April 1837

Ball at the Town Hall

The nobility and gentry's ball took place on Tuesday evening, at the Town-hall, and it was both numerously and fashionably attended. Weippert's band was in attendance, and the whole of the arrangements were such as to give very evident tokens of satisfaction. The confectionery and other refreshments, which were supplied by Mr. Layton, were excellent.

William Street Chapel

- On Wednesday the fourth anniversary of this chapel was held, upon which occasion sermons were preached in the morning by the Rev. Mr. Binney, of Weigh House, London, and in the afternoon by the Rev. Dr. Redford. The services were well attended, and liberal collections were made.

Parochial Appointments

At a meeting of our country magistrates at the Swan Inn, on Monday last, the following persons were appointed overseers for the several parishes in the Windsor division, for the year ensuing, viz, Mr.Thomas Jones and Mr. John Leddell, for Clewer, James William Stewart, Esq, and Mr.Charles Seaward Cantrell, jun, for Old Windsor; and Mr. John Todd and Mr. Richard Turner, for Sunninghill. The following persons have been elected in vestry surveyors of the highways, for the same parishes, viz, Messrs. James Stevens and Samuel Thorrington, for Clewer; John Sivewright,Esq, Mr. Thos. Humphries, for Old Windsor; and Messrs William Pither,jun, and John Slann, for Sunninghill. Mr Henry Walker is continued the surveyor for the hamlet of Dedworth.

We think if the Officer belonging to the Foot Regiment stationed here had chosen a less public place for exhibiting his performance yesterday, than running almost in a state of nudity from the corner of the New Road in Sheet-street, to the Adelaide Hotel, it would have showed that he possessed more regard for decency than he has credit for by the inhabitants of Sheet-street.

Windsor Reform Club

On Thursday the annual dinner of this club took place at the Bull Inn, in this town, when a party of fifty met to partake of the excellent dinner and wines provided by the worthy host. The usual loyal and appropriate toasts were delivered by the Chairman (Mr.Clode) , several excellent speeches were made, and the conviviality of the evening was kept up till a late hour.


Several complaints having been made to the Commissioners of Paving of the practice of many shopkeepers placing goods on the public footways, and also leaving carts and waggons in the roads, to the obstruction of the public, the Commissioners have determined to fine every person who may be found so offending. On Monday last complaints were made against Mr. Thumwood for leaving one of his waggons in High-street, and against Mr.Stacy, the builder, for leaving bricks and mortar, in the same street. The defendants were fined in the penalty of 10s and costs.

Coach Accidents

On Wednesday last the following accidents happened at Slough, owing to a want of due caution . The first occurred in the afternoon to a Reading coach, which had pulled up at the White Hart to change horses, the leaders of which had been taken off, and no one being left with the wheel horses, they, in consequence of hearing the smack of a whip, suddenly started off, and ran against the Lion Inn, which stopped their career, but did considerable damage to the coach, and unfortunately threw a gentleman off, and broke his leg. The gentleman was removed to the Crown Inn, where he now lies, and we are happy to find is going on well. The second accident was with one of the Windsor coaches (Thumwood's), which in turning a corner in Slough, at night, on its road to Windsor, exactly opposite to where the former occurred, was ran against a post, which broke the pole, and otherwise injured the coach, but fortunately, although it was very heavily laden, no person was injured.

Two ewes, the property of Mr. Rangecroft, of Hedgerley, lately produced five lambs, one two, and the other three, and last year the same two ewes had each three lambs, thus producing eleven lambs in the space of eleven months.

By reference to our advertising columns it will be seen that Mr. Bloom, the proprietor of the French establishment for fancy goods, has paid us his annual visit, as we understand for the last time, having chosen Brighton as his future grand depot. His present collection exceeds in beauty all his preceding ones.

Windsor Police

William Neale, a lad in the employ of Mr. Thumwood, coach proprietor, was charged with robbery. It appeared that, on Saturday evening last, Mr. Thumwood missed several brass articles from the harness to which they were attached, and in consequence he gave the information to the police. Harrington, the policeman apprehended the prisoner at his father's house the same evening, and on enquiry he ascertained that the prisoner had sold the articles at the shop of Mr. Knowles, in Peascod-street at 4d per lb. The prisoner was fully committed, but will be again brought up next week, on a charge of stealing a pair of boots, the property of one of Mr. Thumwood's waggoners, named Bailey.

On Thursday last John Hitchcock, one of the paupers in the Windsor workhouse, was charged by the master before Edmund Foster, Esq, with, purloining a portion of some butter, which he was conveying from Windsor to Clewer workhouse, for use of the poor there, and committed to Reading gaol to take his trial for the offence at the next Berkshire Quarter Sessions.

Berks Easter Sessions

On Tuesday these Sessions commenced at Newbury, before T.Goodlake,Esq, Chairman, and a Bench of Magistrates. All the case brought before the Court were of a very trivial nature.
William Pry, aged 29, was indicted for stealing eight cwt of rope, the property of Mr. George Venables, at Taplow. The prisoner was acquitted.

William Scott, aged 19, was indicted for stealing at Maidenhead, a pair of shoes, the property of William Rous. The prisoner had stolen the shoes from the prosecutor's counter. The jury found him guilty and he was sentenced to three months imprisonment.

Among the county business the labourers of the Datchet Bridge Committee were stated to be terminated. Several orders of the Court were made on the Finance Committee, one of which was, that no bills be allowed in future to officers in attendance at Petty Sessions.

Bucks Sessions

The Bucks Sessions commenced on Tuesday with a much lighter calendar than has been known for some years (only 11 prisoners), and the whole business was gone through the same day.

J.Wood, for sheep stealing, was sentenced to transportation for life.

Eliza Hetty, for stealing a handkerchief and a pair of stockings, the property of Joseph Trumper, at Upton-cum-Chalvey, was sentenced to six months imprisonment.

John Thos. Mouren was charged with stealing a pair of shoes and five pieces of leather, the property of Robert Knocks, of Langley Marish, his employer. The prosecutor , on the morning of the day laid in the indictment, having reason to suspect the prisoner of robbing him, followed him to a meadow, and on there stopping him, found the property in his possession. He was found guilty, and sentenced to six months imprisonment.

At the termination of the trials, the Court adjourned to Thursday to hear two important motions. On that day Mr.R Barker brought forward his motion for the removal of the County Assizes from Buckingham to Aylesbury, on the ground that the latter place was more convenient. Mr. Rickford M.P., seconded it, but after a short discussion it was withdrawn. The Clerk of the Peace then adverted to a motion that was before the Court, to memoralise his Majesty to make Chesham a polling place for the county. The motion was opposed, and on a show of hands only three magistrates were in favor of it; consequently it was lost.