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Articles from 1873

The Marlborough Times, 22th February 1873:
To let, at Lady Day next, the house and premises presently in the occupation of Mrs HILLIER. For further particulars, apply to Mr C.E. NEATE, Upholsterer, Pewsey.


The Marlborough Times, March 22nd & 29th 1873:
Notice. - I, JAMES HEAD of Milton, Wilts, will not be answerable for any debt or debts my wife, MARY HEAD, may contract on or after this date. March 22nd 1873 .


The Marlborough Times, 7th June 1873:
Everley Petty Sessions
JAMES HEAD, of Milton, blacksmith, was summoned by Mr THOMAS BECK, relieving officer of the Pewsey Union, for wilfully neglecting to maintain his wife, MARY HEAD, whereby she became chargeable to the common fund of the Union . From the evidence it appeared that owing to differences between HEAD and his wife he turned her out of doors, and persisted in keeping her away from his house, and consequently she obtained an order and went into the workhouse. The defendant undertook to pay 3s 6d per week to his wife to support her and he was bound in the sum of 20 to appear and receive the sentence of the court when called upon, and pay costs 10s 6d. Mr KING of Newbury defended.


The Marlborough Times, 14th June 1873:
To the Editor of the Marlborough Times:
Dear Sir - Your report of the Petty Session, held at the Crown Inn, Everley, on the 30th ult., states that I turned my wife out of doors. To those who know me a denial of that imputation is unnecessary, but to those who do not I beg to say, with all the solemnity with which such a declaration should be accompanied, that the reverse is the case.
My wife has long indulged in habitual intemperance. In order to gratify these demoralizing habits she has robbed me to a large extent. In the beginning of March she sold a quantity of my property unknown to me and then left me, taking with her all her clothes and other property of mine. She made a statement to the relieving officer to the effect that she was destitute, and was accordingly admitted to the Union, where I should have been only too glad to have kept her.
I remain, Sir, yours obediently, JAMES HEAD. Milton, near Pewsey, June 9th 1873


The Marlborough Times, 12th April 1873:
Elections for Pewsey Union Board of Guardians : Mr SOMERSET elected to represent Milton.


The Marlborough Times, 16th August 1873:
Pewsey Petty Sessions
JAMES BREWER, of Milton, farm bailiff to Mr RICHARD POCOCK of Milton Hill Farm, was summoned by GEORGE BUCKINGHAM, gamekeeper to Sir CHRISTOPHER RAWLINSON, at Everley, for trespassing in search of rabbits on the Everley estate, on the 30th ult. Fined 1 & costs 8s, or 21 days.

The Marlborough Times, 27th September 1873:
We hear with pleasure that Mr GALE, son of the Rev. J.H. GALE, has most creditably passed his examination for a Lieutenancy, entering on his duties the earliest possible day - his 19th birthday. His commission dates from the 15th August, and he is now on board HMS Excellent for gunnery practice.


The Marlborough Times, 8th November 1873:
A swindler detected

On Thursday last, Devizes was visited by a man who gave his name as D. SADLER Esq., and who said he was a retired officer, residing at the Manor House, Milton, Pewsey, but who was proved to be a farm bailiff who had been recently discharged for drunkenness by Mr POWELL of Easton and Mr SOMERSET of Milton.

The swindler, who was a tall, thin man, of about 30 years of age, with thin whiskers and a beard, was dressed in a yellowish Scotch tweed coat, dark trowsers, and a rather battered low-crowned bowler hat, and spoke with a broad north-country accent, came, apparently, by the first down-train at 11am, and shortly afterwards favoured Mr R. HOWSE with a visit, and a somewhat extensive order or grocery and wines, taking a bottle of the latter as a sample, and requesting that the bulk, together with the remainder of his order, might be sent to Milton on Saturday next.

He then called on Mr BURT'S, and gave an order for several items of ironmongery, which he directed to be sent to the station to meet him at the quarter past 4 up-train. He then visited Mr HOPKINS and bought a new bowler hat, leaving his old one at the counter, and requested his purchase to be put down to his account. From Mr HOPKINS he crossed to Mr PERKINS, ironmonger, and gave an order for goods to be sent, but did not succeed in obtaining credit, and we are informed that he also patronized one of our tailors with an order for a suit of clothes, to be sent, of course, to Milton Manor House. He also succeeded in obtaining a week's credit for a pair of leather gaiters from a man who stands in the market.

His career was, as we have said, not very prolonged nor very successful. Mr HOWSE went to the station to meet the quarter to 4 train, to see if he could learn anything about his customer before despatching the order, and he there found Mr W. BURT, who had already made enquiries in the market, and had come to the conclusion to be paid for the goods before letting them out of his own possession.

"D. SADLER Esq." did not turn up to go by the train, and Mr HOWSE, on reaching the Market Place, gave information to the police, and the man was shortly afterwards brought to the shop. Mr HOPKINS, who had heard something which had made him suspicious, sent his son to look for "D. SADLER Esq.", and that young gentleman, meeting him on his way to Mr HOWSE'S under the escort of two policemen, promptly exchanged his old hat for his recent purchase, and wished him adieu. Mr HOWSE, on being confronted with his customer, demanded payment of him for the sample bottle of wine, and after some excuses "Mr SADLER" pulled out of his pocket twopence halfpenny and an old knife, which he tendered in satisfaction of the debt, but not being satisfied with this, Mr HOWSE gave him into custody on a charge of obtaining goods under false pretences, and he was locked up for the night. Next morning, however, there being some doubt whether the charge could be substantiated, he was discharged.


The Marlborough Times, 15th November 1873:
The gentleman in this neighbourhood who favoured the tradesmen of Devizes with a visit on Thursday last has also endeavoured to carry on similar malpractices in Marlborough, but with, if anything, still less success. Among other favours, endeavour to 'raise the wind' from Mr CHIVERS, silversmith, was defeated by the caution of the tradesman in question. The name of "D. SADLER Esq., of Milton" had been placed at his request on the post subscribers' list to the Marlborough Times, but without avail.

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