Crime & punishment
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…
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
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
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
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
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 ].
Christmas in the Jail House
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...
The Grisly Murder of John Starkins
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...
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The Trials of Jane Wenham
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...