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Crime & punishment

by janet on 15 January 2012 · 0 comments

Crime & Punishment

Coming soon, information on Walkern crimes, criminals, policing and punishment, including the slaying of Thomas le Gardyner in 1337, Jane Wenham the notorious Witch of Walkern, the fate of William Cox, plus lists of Walkern parish constables and policemen…

Click the list below to read the articles added so far…

1337: Slaying of Thomas le Gardyner

The slaying of Thomas le Gardyner in 1337 From Walkern Court Manor Rolls dated 26 June 1337 [as reported in Walkern Local History Notes by H & M Venster] The jurors say upon their oath that on Sunday next after the feast of the Holy Trinity...

1801: William Cox and the burning hovel

1801: William Cox and the burning hovel From Walkern Local History Notes by H & M Venster Here is the story of a hovel, (a conical heap) of wheat as recounted at Hertford Assizes on July 20th, 1801. William Cox was indicted on the statute...

1823: James Winter steals some shoes

1823: James Winter steals some shoes Reported in Hertford Mercury & Reformer, 18 July 1823 James Winter was indicted for stealing, at Walkern, on the 23rd April, a pair of shoes, the property of Edward Camp. The prisoner had been convicted on...

1836: James Butterfield steals from Thomas Holes

1836: James Butterfield steals from Thomas Holes Reported 10 January 1837 in the Hertford Mercury & Reformer Tuesday (Before Lord Dacre) James Butterfield (17) labourer, was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house...

1836: William Andrews steals some barley

1836: William Andrews steals some barley Reported on 3 March 1836 in Herts Mercury & Reformer ?William Andrew was charged with stealing four bushels of barley, the property of his master, Mr James Stacey, of Walkern [Walkernbury Farm ]. On...

1845: Christmas in the Jailhouse

Christmas in the Jail House Janet Woodall This article appeared in the Dec 2013 / Jan 2014 issue of the Walkern Journal   As you tuck into your Christmas dinner, spare a thought for poor John Beadle, who on Christmas day 1845 suffered...

1857: Murder of John Starkins

The Grisly Murder of John Starkins Janet Woodall This article appeared in the March 2013 issue of the Walkern Journal Last year, Eleanor Waldock and I came across some surprising notices pasted into the inside back cover of the baptism, marriage...

Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern

The Trials of Jane Wenham Janet Woodall Jane Wenham (abt 1642-1730) was the subject of what is commonly but erroneously regarded as the last witch trial in England. She was 70 years old when brought to trial and her case appears to have been typical...

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